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The presidential suite is top-of-the-line at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. all-american A adria valdes ST. LOUIS onsite review may 2010 As a travel editor eager for the idea of exploring beyond the U.S. shores—strolling the shops of a fabulous European city or swimming in the azure waters off the coast of a gorgeous island seemingly in the middle of nowhere—the prospect of visiting St. Louis, MO, a midwestern U.S. city famous for beer, baseball and the Gateway Arch, was, well, a bit of a letdown. Until we arrived. Instead, we found that St. Louis offers a wealth of entertainment, culture and history that spans beyond its trademark offerings. In fact, the city was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of “2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations.” And if you bring all of this city’s wonderful assets together—fun and interesting attractions, a love for baseball, a determination to preserve its important past, delicious food and, of course, plenty of beer,—not to mention our favorite pad in the city, the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis—we think that as a destination, St. Louis is a great example of an All-American experience, and a must-visit. what not to miss While there are tons of things to see and do in St. Louis—a center of 19th century commerce, and an American transportation hub—at the top of the list of must-see attractions is the Jefferson Expansion Memorial, which is made up of the historic Old Courthouse, the Museum of Westward Expansion and the famous Gateway Arch. This signature landmark—which symbolized the Gateway to the West—opened in 1965 as a tribute to Thomas Jefferson and his vision of a continental United States. The Gateway, it is said, is an important facet of the importance St. Louis places on architecture. For a nominal fee, visitors can take a 4-minute elevator ride up to the top of the 630-ft. Arch, and even on a cloudy day—which was the case during Recommend’s visit—there’s a clear view of downtown, including Busch Stadium, Eads Bridge—completed in 1874—and the Mississippi River. From the top, St. Louis’ love for architecture becomes more evident. From here, one can see the cobblestone streets, red brick buildings and terra cotta friezes, as well as a large number of historic buildings that have been preserved, including from as early as the mid-1800s. Right beneath the Arch is an IMAX theater with regular showings of films about the Arch and the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Museum of Westward Expansion, which is definitely worth checking august 2010 73 ÍÍ

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2010

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Uniworld's River Royale
Discover flanders
Five-Star Taiwan
Karisma Sweetens the Pot
Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Central America Calling...
Garza  Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
Israel With Goway Travel
Puerto Rico: A community Experience
Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
The Bahamas: Players' Paradise
Orlando World Center Marriott Resort
All-American St. Louis
PH Towers by Westgate, Las Vegas

Recommend August 2010