National Parks Of The US – Caves

National parks of the US are meant to showcase what is particularly unique about a piece of land in the country. Depending on what comes to your mind when you think of national parks in the country, you may not realize that three of the country’s national parks are dedicated to showcasing the breathtaking beauty of America’s caves. So, today, I would like to highlight the three national parks that are centered on caves.

Mammoth Cave National Park

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Mammoth Cave National Park is located in the central portion of the US state of Kentucky just northeast of Bowling Green. This national park is home to the longest known cave system in the world at 400-plus miles long. Not just that, but also more mileages continue to be added over time as the cave system continue to be explored. Mammoth Cave is noted for its limestone formations with luminous shapes.

The cave houses an underground river and shallow pools. Also located in the cave are grand, high-ceiling cave rooms located deep underground. The cave is known for being the home to a variety of bats. These include the Indiana bat, the gray bat, the little brown bat, the big brown bat, and the eastern pipistrelle bat. In addition to these bats, the cave is also home to eyeless cave-dwelling crayfishes and shrimps.

Mammoth Cave can only be explored as a part of a guided tour. There are a variety of cave tours available during the spring scheduling season which starts today and lasts until May 22nd, 2020. One such tour is the Frozen Niagara Tour. The centerpiece of this tour is the Frozen Niagara room. This is one of the must famous underground cave rooms in the cave.

The Frozen Niagara room is filled with natural decoration. This is an easy tour to take part in and only requires you to take on twelve steps. This tour travels for around one-fourth mile round trip. Another tour to mention is the River Styx Cave Tour. This cave tour travels along the cave’s underground river, River Styx.

This tour is aimed at geology buffs wanting a deeper look at how Mammoth Cave had taken form over millions of years. This tour is moderate in difficulty and requires a total of 600 stairs to climb. The distance is about 2 and a half miles for this tour. Each of the cave tours at Mammoth Cave require separate tickets in order to take part in them. The prices for the tickets varies by cave tours.

For example, the tickets for the Frozen Niagara Tour go for $14 for adults, $10 for youth, and $7 for special access. You can go here to check the cave tour schedule and make a reservation for a tour.

Hotel Suggestion: Holiday Inn University Plaza – Bowling Green

This hotel is located on Wilkinson Terrance in Bowling Green, Kentucky. There is an onsite restaurant at the hotel called The Hartland Cafe. Atrium Lounge is the hotel’s onsite bar while Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop is where you can order a cup of coffee onsite. The hotel houses an interior garden atrium for a serene environment. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub at the hotel.

A fitness center is available for you to use during your stay. The hotel rooms come with WiFi and coffee makers while the suites also come with mini refrigerators, microwaves, wet bars, and separate bedrooms and living/dining areas. The average rate for a standard room range from $106 to $186. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in the southeastern area of the US state of New Mexico, near the state border with Texas. There are actually more than 119 caves within this national park, but Carlsbad Cavern is the most well-known cave and the focus cave for most tours. Carlsbad Cavern is renowned for its network of vast underground chambers.

Those vast underground chambers are up to 250 feet tall from the floor to the ceiling. They house stunning limestone formations of various colors and shapes. Many of the limestone formations are lit up with electric lights in order to make them more visible. Carlsbad Cavern is also noted for being the home to a group of bats called the Mexican free-tail bats. They take refuge in the cave from April to September.

There are two categories of tours available to explore Carlsbad Cavern. The first category of tours is the self-guided tour. This is where you can explore the cave on your own. There are rangers stationed along the way to answer any questions you may have as you explore. There are two self-guided tour routes available for you to explore the cave.

The first one is called the Big Room Trail. This is most certainly the easy route with mostly flat terrain along the way. The centerpiece of this self-guided tour is the Big Room. This is the largest underground chamber in this cave. The Big Room measures almost 4,000 feet long, 625 feet wide, and 255 feet tall. This self-guided route lasts for about 1.25 miles.

The second self-guided tour route in the cave, on the other hand, is the challenging one. It is called the Natural Entrance Trail. It is an extremely steep route, but one that also rewards you with stunning limestone formations including Devil’s Spring, the Whale’s Mouth, and Iceberg Rock. This route is about 1.25 miles long. The other category of tours for exploring Carlsbad Cavern is the guided tour.

There are four guided tours in this cave. They are King’s Palace, Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave, and Hall of the White Giant. These guided tours will explore the other branches of the cave that aren’t available for self-guided tours. The entrance fee for Carlsbad Cavern is $15 for adults aged 16 and up. Those aged under 15 get free entrance. The entrance tickets are good for three days and can be used for self-guided tours.

The guided tours, however, will each require an additional ticket to take part in. You can view the guided tour schedule and make a reservation for one of them by going here.

Hotel Suggestion: Sleep Inn & Suites

This hotel is located on National Parks Highway in Carlsbad, New Mexico just northeast of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. If you get hungry, a few nearby options include Blue House Bakery and Cafe, The Trinity Hotel Restaurant, and YellowBrix Restaurant. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center available.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites have WiFI, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $143 to $277. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or check out some photos.

Wind Cave National Park

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Wind Cave National Park is located in the southwestern corner of the US state of South Dakota, near the state border with Montana and Wyoming. This is the first cave to be designed as a national park in the United States and the world. Wind Cave received its name because of barometric winds at its entrance. The cave is renowned for its boxwork formations.

Boxwork formations are rare anywhere else in the world. In fact, about 95 percent of the boxwork formations on Earth are found in Wind Cave. In addition to the rare boxwork formations, the cave is home to frostwork and popcorn formations. There are three guided cave tours that you can take part in. These are Garden of Eden Tour, Natural Entrance Tour, and Fairgrounds Tour.

In terms of hiking skill levels, the first two guided cave tours are moderate while the third one is challenging. The amount of stairs to climb range from 150 for Garden of Eden Tour t0 450 for Fairgrounds Tour. Each of these three tours will each require a ticket to participate. The first tour goes for $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6 to 16. The second and third tours will each go for $12 for adults and $6 for ages 6 to 16.

All of the three tours are free for those aged under 6. There are unfortunately no self-guided tours available at Wind Cave. You can head here to check the schedule for the guided tours.

Hotel Suggestion: Baymont by Wyndham Hot Springs

This hotel is located on South 6th Street in Hot Springs, South Dakota just south of Wind Cave National Park. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. For the hungry, a few nearby restaurants include Woolly’s Grill & Cellar, Big Time Pizza, and Dairy Queen. If you are looking to have a cookout, there are barbeque facilities available outdoors at the hotel for that.

The hotel houses an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. There is also a fitness center for your workout needs. All of the hotel’s rooms will have WiFi, coffee makers, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The average rate for a standard room range from $62 to $155. You can go here to view your booking options and/or browse some photos.

These are the national parks of the US that are dedicated to showcasing the beauty of the country’s caves. So, if you are itching to explore a cave, you will want to consider one of these caves.

What are your thoughts? Have you experienced any of these caves before? Feel free to leave a comment below.

National Parks Of The US – The Dakota Three

If you have heard about the US states of North Dakota and South Dakota, it might sound like they are boring places to go to. But, there is something about these two states, collectively known as the Dakotas, that I would like to note. It is the fact that the Dakotas is home to not just one or two, but three national parks of the US. So, if you are looking for a reason to visit the Dakotas, you will want to visit these three national parks.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in western North Dakota. This national park is noted for its scenic badlands. The national park is named after Theodore Roosevelt who was the president of the US at the start of the 20th century. He visited the badlands of North Dakota in September of 1883 in order to hunt bison. After Teddy arrived, he fell in love with the sweeping badlands.

It is his experience there that inspired him to push for land conservation during his presidency. The national park is divided into three sections: the South Unit, the North Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. The South Unit is the largest section and the easiest one to get to. This section is located along the north side of Interstate 94 just outside the charming small village of Medora.

The North Unit is located around 80 miles north of the South Unit on US Route 85. The Elkhorn Ranch Unit is located somewhere between these two sections. One great way to appreciate Theodore Roosevelt National Park is to go for a scenic drive in order to soak in the scenery of the badlands. In the South Unit, there is a road that wind its way around to form a 36 mile loop.

Along the way, you will come across numerous scenic overlooks where you can stop and take in the views. In the North Unit, you can take a drive along the 14 mile road that travels from the bottom to the top of the badlands. There are two scenic overlooks to note along the way. They are River Bend Overlook and Oxbow Overlook. They offer the best badlands views in the North Unit.

Wildlife is another thing about the national park I would like to note. Bison are the most common animals you will get to see at the national park. In addition to bison, you can also observe mule deer, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, horses, coyotes, pronghorn, bald and golden eagles, white-tailed deer, turkeys, and elk. One great place to view wildlife is the scenic overlooks along the two scenic roads.

You can also spot wildlife as you drive along these two roads. If you are interested in learning about Teddy Roosevelt and how his love of the North Dakota badlands transformed him, you can do so by going to the Maltese Cross Cabin which is located in the South Unit. Both the South Unit and the North Unit have an onsite visitor center with a store within.

The entrance fees for Theodore Roosevelt National Park are $30 for vehicles, $25 for motorcycles, and $15 for those arriving by foot or bicycle. The entrance passes are good for up to seven days after being purchased.

Hotel Suggestion: AmericInn by Wyndham Medora

This hotel is located on East River Road South in Medora, North Dakota just outside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. There is complimentary breakfast available. If you get hungry, a few dining options nearby include Theodore’s Dining Room, the Farmhouse Cafe, and Little Missouri Dining Room & Saloon. There is an indoor swimming pool and hot tub at the hotel.

A sauna and fitness center are also available for you to use. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer WiFi, mini refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers. The average rate for a standard room range from $71 to $264. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

Badlands National Park

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Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota. This national park is renowned for its rugged beauty in which mixed grass prairie are dotted with sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires. Badlands National Park contains the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States. The national park is also noted for its fossils.

The fossils belonged to ancient mammals like rhinos, horses, and saber-toothed cats that once lived and roamed in what is now the national park. In fact, the national park is home to one of the richest fossil beds in the world. Badlands National Park is now home to the black-footed ferret which is currently considered one of the most endangered animals in the world.

In addition to the black-footed ferret, a few of the other animals that currently roam the national park include bison, bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs. There are about eight hiking trails at the national park that you can take on depending on your hiking skill level and preference for length. The Door Trail is by far the easiest trail to hike on. It is also the one that leads to a sweeping view of the national park scenery.

On this trail, you will hike on a boardwalk that heads through a break in the Badlands Wall nicknamed the Door. It is at this point that you will receive the views. On the other hand, the Notch Trail is arguably the most challenging trail to hike on as it involves hiking along the ledge of a sharply eroded rock formation. You also have to account for numerous drop-offs on this trail.

Even with these challenges, you will be rewarded to breathtaking views of the White River Valley. The entrance fees for Badlands National Park are $25 for vehicles, $15 for motorcycles, and $12 for those arriving on foot or bicycle. The entrance passes will be good for seven days after purchase. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center houses a bookstore and exhibits regarding the national park.

Hotel Suggestion: Baymont by Wyndham Rapid City

This hotel is located on Cheyenne Boulevard in Rapid City, South Dakota which is about 62 miles west of Badlands National Park via Interstate 90. There is complimentary breakfast at the hotel. A few nearby restaurants include Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews, Dakotah Steakhouse, and Marco’s Pizza. There is an indoor swimming pool and hot tub available for you to use.

You can take care of your workouts at the hotel’s fitness center. All of the hotel’s rooms come with WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $44 to $207. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or check out some photos.

Wind Cave National Park

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Wind Cave National Park is located in the southwestern corner of South Dakota near the state border with Nebraska and Wyoming. This is only one of three caves in the US to be designated a national park. This is one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. Wind Cave receives its name from barometric winds which are found at the cave’s entrance.

This cave national park is famous for its boxwork which is a cave formation that is rarely found in any other caves on Earth. In addition to boxwork, some of the other cave formations found at this cave national park include frostwork and popcorn. You can only explore the cave as a part of a guided tour group at Wind Cave National Park. There are three main options for guided tours of this cave.

They are Garden of Eden Tour, Natural Entrance Tour, and Fairgrounds Tour. The first two tours are designed for those with moderate hiking skill level while the third tour is intended for those with advanced hiking skill level. You will be climbing a great number of stairs on all the three tours. The number of stairs climbed range from 150 stairs in the first tour to an eye-popping 450 stairs in the third tour.

Each of the three tours are priced separately from each other. The first tour goes for $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 6 to 16. The second and third tours are each priced at $12 for adults and $6 for children aged 6 to 16. All of the tours are free for those aged 5 and under. The tours are based on a schedule and you can go here to see it. The Wind Cave Visitor Center include exhibit rooms dedicated to the cave.

Hotel Suggestion: Baymont by Wyndham Hot Springs

This hotel is located on South 6th Street in Hot Springs, South Dakota which is about seven miles south of Wind Cave National Park. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. There are also barbeque facilities available onsite. Woolly’s Grill and Cellar, Big Time Pizza, and Dairy Queen are a few nearby restaurants. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub at the hotel.

A fitness center is also available for you to use. All of the hotel’s rooms have WiFi, microwaves, mini refrigerators, and coffee makers. The average rate for a standard room range from $62 to $155. You can head here to see your booking options and/or browse some photos.

All in all, the Dakotas is home to three of the national parks of the US. So, if you are looking for a reason to visit the Dakotas, you will want to be sure to check them out. What are your thoughts? Have you visited any of these national parks before? Feel free to leave a comment here.

What To Do In St. Louis – Forest Park Museums

St. Louis is home to numerous compelling museums that are worth visiting. But, three of the city’s museums are located in a beautiful park located about 6.5 miles west of downtown St. Louis. This park is called Forest Park. Each of the museums is unique as they focus on different subjects from each other. If you are looking for what to do in St. Louis, you should head to the three museums in Forest Park.

St. Louis Science Center

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The St. Louis Science Center is located on the southeastern corner of Forest Park. If you are curious about science and technology, you will want to be sure to visit this museum. This is among the largest museums in the United States that is focused on science and technology. This museum is divided into two buildings. The first building is the main science center building.

The second building is called the James S. McDonnell Planetarium which focuses more specifically on outer space. These two buildings are connected to each other via an enclosed walking bridge that carries people across Interstate 64. There are about 14 different topics covered at this museum. Some of these topics include physics, technology, biological sciences, earth & environmental science, and engineering.

Here are a few exhibits I would like to share here. The first one is Da Vinci The Exhibition. This is about Leonardo Da Vinci who was a renowned Italian inventor, scientist, and engineer in the 15th century during the Italian Renaissance period. Some of his inventions that you can view in this exhibit include a catapult, a glider, a steam cannon, and a diving suit. There are a total of 60 inventions in this exhibit.

Ecology & Environment is another of the exhibit at the museum. This exhibit is concerned with the history of Earth. One place you will want to check out within this exhibit is Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab and Dig Site. This is where you can dig up and discover the fossils that once belonged to the dinosaurs that once lived on Earth. The fossils can also be touched.

Located within the museum’s planetarium building is a section called Orthwein StarBay. This is where you can go and observe over nine thousand stars that appear on the nightly ceiling that is 80 feet high. Generally speaking, the admission to the St. Louis Science Center is free. However, certain exhibits are ticketed experiences, meaning that you will need to pay for tickets to enter them.

St. Louis Art Museum

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For those of you who want to dive into the arts, the St. Louis Art Museum is yours to explore. This museum is located in the west central section of Forest Park. This museum was originally built for the 1904 World’s Fair as the Palace of Fine Arts. This museum houses paintings, sculptures, cultural objects, and ancient masterpieces from all over the world.

The museum is home to a collection of more than 30,000 art works spread out over three floors of museum space. They cover around five thousand years of history and cultures. The collection of art works are split into 11 groups including American, African, Contemporary, European, Decorative Arts and Design, and Oceanic. There are currently three exhibits available at the museum.

They are Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dali, The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection, and Japanese Art of the Rinpa School. The admission to the St. Louis Art Museum is free of charge. It is worth noting though that one of the three current exhibits will require a paid pass. This is true for all days of the week except Fridays.

If you wish to buy tickets for that one exhibit, you can do so by going here. There are two onsite dining options if you happen to get hungry. These are called Panorama and Cafe. In addition to these restaurants, there are also two onsite gift shops. They are Museum Shop and East Building Shop.

Missouri History Museum

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History bluffs will want to flock over to the Missouri History Museum. This museum is located on the north central edge of Forest Park. This museum focuses on the history of St. Louis and the US state of Missouri. The museum currently houses about five exhibits in total. I would like to go over a couple of these exhibits. The first one is called Mighty Mississippi.

This exhibit is dedicated to the history of the Mississippi River. You will learn about the major American Indian communities that thrived on their connection to the river. This exhibit also explores the European and American Indian fur trade networks that made use of the Mississippi River. The second exhibit is called 1904 World’s Fair.

This exhibit concerns the world’s fair that took place in Forest Park over a period of seven months in 1904. You can learn about the design and construction of the 1904 World’s Fair. You can also get some insights into how people in 1904 imagined the future could be. There are over 250 artifacts within this exhibit.

These include furniture from the Chinese, French, German, and Irish pavilions as well as trophies from the 1904 Olympic Games which took place alongside the world’s fair in Forest Park. The admission to the Missouri History Museum and all of its exhibits are free to everyone. Cafe St. Louis is the museum’s onsite restaurant. There is also an onsite store available.

These are the three museums that are located in Forest Park. So, I would suggest you to check them out when looking for what to do in St. Louis. Each of these museums cater to different tastes with the only common ground between them being their location in Forest Park.

St. Louis Hotels

If you are looking for a hotel to stay at in St. Louis, I have got your back. Here are the two hotels that I would suggest you to book your stay.

Drury Inn St. Louis at Union Station

This hotel is located on South 20th Street on the western edge of downtown St. Louis. The hotel is located in a historic building that was built in 1907 for use by St. Louis Railroad YMCA. There is complimentary breakfast available. There is also an onsite restaurant called 5:30 Kickback. There are also free popcorn and soda in the hotel’s lobby. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub available.

If you are seeking a workout, you can do so at the hotel’s fitness center. All of the hotel’s rooms have WiFi, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The average rate for a standard room range from $137 to $281. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Brentwood

This hotel is located on Eager Road in the neighboring suburb of Brentwood just a few miles west of Forest Park in St. Louis via Interstate 64. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. If you are hungry, there is an onsite restaurant called 5:30 Kickback. Free popcorn and soda are also available in the hotel’s lobby. There is a hybrid indoor/outdoor swimming pool along with an indoor hot tub.

There is also a fitness center available for your workout needs. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites have WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $140 to $209. You can go here to check your booking options and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking to visit these museums in St. Louis’ Forest Park? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Museums Of The US To Visit For Women’s History Month

We are well into the month of March now. As at least some of you may know, March is Women’s History Month in the United States. It is the time when we honor the women who have contributed to or shaped the US and the world at large one way or another. So, I would like to take the opportunity to suggest a few museums of the US that you can check out to celebrate women.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

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The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is located on Gendy Street in Fort Worth, Texas. You may have heard about the cowboys, but have you heard about the cowgirls too? This is the museum where you can go and learn about them. This museum honors women who have contributed to or shaped the American West.

There are currently 238 women who are inducted into the hall of fame at this museum for the significant impact that they had on the American West. They come from a wide range of disciplines such as writers, artists, business women, ranchers, and rodeo cowgirls. Here are a few women I would like to note.

Sacagawea was a woman from the Lemhi Shoshone tribe who helped to guide the Lewis and Clark Expedition in their exploration of the previously uncharted American West in the early 19th century. Another woman to note is Georgia O’Keeffe. She was a renowned painter who lived much of her life in the western US state of New Mexico. She was known for her inspiring paintings of New Mexico landscapes.

Sandra Day O’Connor grew up on a large cattle ranch in the western state of Arizona who would go on to become the first woman to be appointed as a justice in the US Supreme Court. These are just a few women being honored in the hall of fame at this museum. In addition to the hall of fame, there are a few exhibits you can check out at the museum.

This includes a brand new exhibit called Kit Moncrief Galleries and It’s Never Just a Horse. This exhibit explores the special bonds formed between the horses, women, and the West. The admission rates for the museum are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, military members, and first responders, and $6 for children aged 4 to 12. Admission is free for those aged under 4.

Hotel Suggestion: Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown

This hotel is located on Commerce Street in downtown Fort Worth. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. If you are looking to dine out, a few options include The Capital Grille, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, and Bob’s Steak & Chop House. If you are looking to order alcoholic drinks, you can do so at the hotel’s lobby bar. There is an indoor heated swimming pool available to use.

There is also a fitness center available if you are looking for a workout. If you are looking to relax by the fire, you can go to the hotel’s outdoor fire pit. Some rooms and suites will offer breathtaking views of downtown Fort Worth. All of the hotel’s rooms will have WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators while the suites will also offer microwaves and wet bars.

The average rate for a standard room range from $146 to $331. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

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The National Museum of Women in the Arts is located on New York Avenue NW in Washington, DC, the capital of the US. This museum celebrates women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. This is the only major museum in the world for this purpose. This museum is home to a collection of more than 4,500 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts.

The collection spans multiple time periods from the 16th century to the present. There are nearly one thousand women artists represented at this museum. Among the historic women represented include Mary Cassatt, Lavinia Fontana, Clara Peeters, and Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Lebrun.

As for the modern and contemporary women represented at the museum, a few of them include Magdalena Abakanowicz, Chakaia Booker, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Joana Vasconcelos. There are four exhibits currently on display at the museum. They are Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico, Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits, New York Ave Sculpture Project, and Linda Nochlin: The Maverick She.

The admission prices for this museum are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Admission is free for youth aged 18 and under. You can buy your passes by going here.

Hotel Suggestion: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

This hotel is located on New Jersey Avenue NW in Washington, DC just a short walk north of the US Capitol. Article One – American Grill is the hotel’s onsite restaurant. The hotel’s onsite bar is called Article One Lounge. There is an indoor swimming pool on the hotels rooftop. Connected to the pool is the outdoor sundeck that offers breathtaking views of Washington, DC’s bustling streets.

StayFit is the name of the hotel’s fitness center. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites have contemporary decor. Many of them will offer breathtaking views of the city’s vibrant streets. All of the rooms and suites at the hotel will have WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators. All of the suites will have separate bedrooms and dining/living areas. At least one type of suite will offer full service kitchens.

The average rate for a standard room range from $191 to $713. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

National Women’s Hall of Fame

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The National Women’s Hall of Fame is located on Canal Street in Seneca Falls, New York which is located in New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region. The hall of fame at this museum inducts women who have made significant contributions toward the social, economic, and cultural aspects of society in the US and the world at large.

Inductions into the hall of fame at the museum happen every odd-numbered year. The names of the women being inducted into the hall of fame are announced in the spring, usually in March which is Women’s History Month. The induction ceremonies will then happen during the fall of the same year.

A few of the women inducted into the hall of fame in 2019, the most recent year, are Gloria Allred, Angela Davis, and Sarah Deer. During your time at the museum, you can read biographies of women and learn about what makes each of their achievements so significant as far as efforts to improve society in the US and the world is concerned.

There are currently 276 women inducted into the hall of fame. The pricing for admission to the National Women’s Hall of Fame is currently listed as “TBD”. There is also a gift shop located onsite at the museum.

Hotel Suggestion: Hampton Inn Seneca Falls

This hotel is located on Balsley Road in Seneca Falls. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. Should you get hungry, a few nearby restaurants include Penny’s Place, Woodys Bar & Grill, and Connie’s Diner. There is an indoor heated swimming pool at the hotel. A fitness center is also available for you to use.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer WiFi, coffee/tea makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $103 to $281. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or browse some photos.

These are the museums of the US you will want to check out to honor women. All of these museums showcase women who have contributed to or shaped the country and the world in some form. Women’s History Month would be the ideal time to honor women by visiting these museums.

What are your thoughts? Are you planning on visiting any of these women-related museums? Feel free to leave a comment here.

National Parks Of The US – The Oldest National Parks To Visit

One thing that makes the United States unique is its breathtaking national parks. National parks are federal designations that are given for pieces of land that are considered to be very special. They are preserved by the federal government for the enjoyment of the general public. The designation of national parks in America began in the latter half of the 19th century. Here are the oldest national parks of the US you should visit.

Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park is the first ever national park to be designated in the country. The national park was designated in March of 1872. The national park is located in the northwestern section of the US state of Wyoming with small portions also located in the states of Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone National Park is famous for its stunning geysers.

Over half of the world’s active geysers are found at this national park. There are between 500 and 700 geysers that are active at the national park every year. In addition to the geysers, there are other compelling hydrothermal features at the national park including hot springs, mudpots, and fumaroles. All of these hydrothermal features are found in areas of Yellowstone National Park called thermal basins.

Thermal basins are accessed by walking onto boardwalks. A boardwalk is the best way to view the geysers and other hydrothermal features. There are also designated trails available that also offers breathtaking views of thermal basins if you prefer them. Yellowstone National Park is also notable for its large population of bears. In fact, the national park is known as bear country.

Wolves and bisons are among other groups of animals that populate the national park. Yellowstone National Park is also home to Yellowstone Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in North America that is above 7,000 feet in elevation. The scenic lake sits at an elevation of 7,732 feet above sea level.

The entrance prices for the national park are $35 for non-commercial vehicles, $30 for motorcycles and snowmobiles, and $20 for individuals arriving on foot or bicycle. The entrance passes are good for up to seven days after being purchased. An onsite visitor’s center known as Albright Visitor Center is housed within the national park. There are exhibits regarding the national park as well as a bookstore there.

Hotel Suggestion: Gray Wolf Inn and Suites

This hotel is located on South Canyon Street in West Yellowstone, Montana which is located just northwest of Yellowstone National Park. This hotel has two new onsite amenities. The first one is outdoor patios with fire pits. The other new amenity is a fitness center. In addition to these new amenities, the hotel also offers an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub.

There is continental breakfast available at the hotel. If you are looking to dine out, a few choices include Taqueria Las Palmitas, Three Bears Restaurant, and Wild West Pizzeria & Saloon. All of the hotel’s rooms have coffee makers, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The hotel’s suites will have full kitchens along with separate bedrooms and living/dining areas. WiFi is available in all the rooms and suites.

The average rate for a standard room range from $104 to $474. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

Sequoia National Park

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Sequoia National Park is the second oldest national park to be established in the US. The national park was designated in September of 1890. It is located in the US state of California in the southern part of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The national park is renowned for being the home to Giant Forest.

Giant Forest is home to incredibly large trees known as giant sequoias. One of these is called the General Sherman Tree. This is the largest tree in the world. This tree is 275 feet tall and measures at over 36 feet in diameter at the base. The trunks of the giant sequoias are known to stay wide until they reach up to sixty feet above the base.

The giant sequoias help to give Sequoia National Park the nickname of A Land of Giants. The Giant Forest is home to multiple hiking trails which will allow you to see unique features like the General Sherman Trees, Moro Rock, Round Meadow, and Tokopah Falls. There is also a museum located within the Giant Forest known as the Giant Forest Museum.

There, you can learn about the area and check out the small onsite book store. In addition to the Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park also contains the western slope of soaring Mt. Whitney which is the highest mountain peak in the contiguous US at 14,505 feet high. The entrance fees for the national park are $35 for vehicles and $20 for individuals. The passes are good for up to seven days after the purchase.

Hotel Suggestion: Wuksachi Lodge

This hotel is located on Wuksachi Way inside Sequoia National Park. This breathtaking hotel has a stone and cedar mountain lodge architectural design. It is surrounded by a sequoia forest, making for a serene hotel stay. There is an onsite restaurant at the hotel called the Peak Restaurant. An onsite shop is also available at the hotel.

All of the hotel’s rooms have an upscale, natural decor that involves natural granite rock, oak, cedar, and hickory woods into the design. As nice as these rooms look, there is one problem. It is that there is no WiFi in the rooms unfortunately. The hotel does offer WiFi in certain areas, but it is very slow. So, don’t expect to do much except maybe checking a few things like e-mail, the weather and some social media.

This is due to the remoteness of the surrounding area in which this hotel is located. All of the rooms at the hotel offer scenic views of the surrounding sequoia forest and mountain peaks. There are coffee makers and mini refrigerators in all the hotel’s rooms. The average rate for a standard room range from $124 to $331. You can go here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite National Park was established in October of 1890. That makes this the third oldest national park to be designated in the country. It is located within the Sierra Nevada mountains in the central section of California. Yosemite National Park is famous for a wide variety of breathtaking environments. These include granite cliffs, waterfalls, deep valleys, giant sequoia groves, glaciers, and more.

There are numerous waterfalls throughout the national park. One such waterfall is Yosemite Falls. This is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. Yosemite Falls is about 2,425 feet long. It is divided into three waterfalls known as Upper Yosemite Fall, the Middle Cascades, and Lower Yosemite Fall. The best time to see the waterfalls in Yosemite National Park would be during the spring.

That is because this is when the snow begins to melt into water which will then flow down from the upper areas to the lower areas of the national park. This results in stunning waterfalls. The most famous landmark in Yosemite National Park is Half Dome. This stunning granite rock formation measures at 5,000 feet high above the valley floor.

You can get close and personal with Half Done by hiking on Mirror Lake Trail. This is a paved trail that travels for one mile to Mirror Lake and then circles the lake for five miles. In addition to Half Dome and Mirror Lake, you can also get gorgeous views of spots like Tenaya Canyon, Mount Watkins, and Washington Column.

The entrance fees for the national park are $35 for vehicles, $30 for motorcycles, and $20 for individuals arriving by foot or bicycle. The passes to Yosemite National Park are good for up to seven days after being purchased. If you would like to learn about the history of Yosemite National Park and how it became an inspiration for other national parks across the country, you can head to Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

Hotel Suggestion: Yosemite Valley Lodge

This hotel is located on Yosemite Lodge Drive within Yosemite National Park. It is close to Yosemite Falls which is the waterfall that I mentioned earlier. This scenic hotel is designed with wood and glass meant to reflect its surroundings. The Mountain Room Restaurant and Base Camp Eatery are the two onsite restaurants available at the hotel. There is an outdoor swimming pool at the hotel.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer stunning views of the scenery that Yosemite National Park is renowned for. They all offer mini refrigerators and coffee makers. There is WiFi available in all of the rooms and suites, however, the speeds are very slow due to the remoteness of the surrounding area. So, keep that in mind.

The average rate for a standard room range from $192 to $749. You can view your booking options and/or browse some photos by going here.

These are the original national parks of the US that you will want to visit. All of these national parks were designated in the latter half of the 19th century before automobiles even existed. What are your thoughts? Have you been to any of these national parks before? Feel free to leave a comment below.

National Parks Of The US – The Newest National Parks You Should Visit

One thing that makes America a great country to behold is its network of national parks. National parks of the US help to showcase what is uniquely beautiful about the country. National parks are considered to be treasured pieces of land to be protected by federal law against being significantly altered. When one thinks of national parks in America, they might think of national parks like Grand Canyon or Yellowstone.

But as it turns out, there is more uniquely beautiful lands in the country than meets the eye. In an effort to highlight more of America’s treasured beauty, new national parks have been designated in recent years. Here are the most recent national parks you should visit.

White Sands National Park

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White Sands National Park was designated in December of 2019. This is the most recent national park to be established in the US. The national park is located in the southern portion of the state of New Mexico, near the border with the state of Texas. This national park is noted for its sweeping field of white sand dunes. The white sand dunes are composed of gypsum.

This is the largest gypsum dunefield in the world. The white sand dunefield is shaped to resemble great waves. The white sand in the national park is in fact so white that it looks like snow. One interesting thing about the white sand dunefield is that it can change its appearance. That is because strong winds will shift the white sand around the national park, varying up its appearance.

This national park is home to more than 800 species of animals. These include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and invertebrates. They all have developed skills for adapting, surviving, and even thriving in what is considered to be a very harsh environment for them in which there is very little surface water and highly mineralized ground water.

Also, if you look closely, you can notice the tracks in the white sand left by the animals. That indicates that they must have headed in those directions recently. There are five established trails for you to hike on at the national park. They are Interdune Boardwalk, Playa Trail, Dune Life Natural Trail, Backcountry Camping Trail, and Alkali Flat Trail.

They vary in term of challenge level and the length of time it takes to complete the hike. The Interdune Boardwalk is the easiest trail to hike on and takes on average about 20 minutes to complete. On the other end of the spectrum is the Alkali Flat Trail. This is the most challenging trail to hike on and will take on average about three hours to complete.

The entrance fee for the national park are $25 per vehicle, $15 per person, and $20 per motorcycle. It should be noted that the per person fee is only charged if there is only one person in a given vehicle. Also of note is that the entrance passes are good for up to seven days after being purchased. There is also a visitor’s center at the national park.

There is a museum within the visitor’s center where you can learn all about the national park and its history. A store called White Sands Trading Company is located onsite. You can also find restrooms and shaded picnic tables at the visitor’s center.

Hotel Suggestion: Comfort Suites Las Cruces I-25 North

This hotel is located on North Telshor Boulevard in Las Cruces, New Mexico which is located just to the southwest of White Sands National Park. Complimentary breakfast is offered at this hotel. If you are looking for nearby restaurants to dine at, a few of them include The Pecan Grill & Brewery, Farley’s Food & Fun Pub, and Corner Bakery Cafe.

There is an indoor swimming pool and hot tub at the hotel. A fitness center is also available for your workout needs. All of the hotel’s suites come with WiFi and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $98 to $161. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

Indiana Dunes National Park

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Indiana Dune National Park was established in February of 2019. So, this is the second newest national park to be designated in the US. The national park is located in the northwestern part of the US state of Indiana on the shore of Lake Michigan. It is noted for its rugged dunes that hug Lake Michigan for about 15 miles.

In addition to the rugged dunes, there are also wetlands, rivers, forests, and prairies available to explore within the national park. There are 50 miles of hiking trails in total within the national park. Indiana Dunes National Park is home to a total of 14 hiking trail systems for you to choose from based on your hiking skills and preferred hiking length. I will share a few of them right here with you.

The first trail system is called Bailly Homestead, Chellberg Farm, Little Calumet River, and Mnoke Prairie. This trail system will have you hiking through a variety of environments. You will get to explore a forest of maple, beech, basswood, and oak trees, the Little Calumet River, and the Mnoke Prairie. You can also check out the historic sites Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm.

This is an easy to moderate trail system that will take on average two and a half hours to complete. Another trail system is the Paul H. Douglas (Miller Woods) Trail. This is a trail system where you can soak in the breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the dunes. This trail system will also have you exploring an environment that is rare on Earth. It is called the black oak savanna.

The black oak savanna’s native grasses and wildflowers, including lupine, are known to thrive in the sunlight and open forest floor. Indiana Dunes National Park is also a great place for viewing the gorgeous sunsets over Lake Michigan. Oh and also, you can go swimming in the lake during the summer. The fee for entering the national park via the West Beach entrance is $6 per car per day.

There is also a visitor’s center at the national park. There are lobby displays and brochures that showcase Indiana Dunes National Park. You can also shop at the Eastern National bookstore located inside the visitor’s center.

Hotel Suggestion: Comfort Inn & Suites

This hotel is located on West US Highway 20 in Porter, Indiana which is where Indiana Dunes National Park is located. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. If you are hungry, a few nearby dining options include Octave Grill, Wagner’s Ribs, and Third Coast Cafe. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. A fitness center is also available for your usage at the hotel.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites have WiFi, coffee makers, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The average rate for a standard room range from $61 to $122. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or browse some photos.

Gateway Arch National Park

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Gateway Arch National Park is the third most recent national park to be established. It was established in February of 2018. The national park is located in downtown St. Louis on the front of the Mississippi River. It is the home of the iconic Gateway Arch which is what strikes people the most when they think of St. Louis. The Gateway Arch is the symbol of the United States’ push to expand westward during the early 19th century.

Gateway Arch National Park is also a memorial to the first civil government to be established west of the Mississippi River and the debate surrounding slavery spurred by the Dred Scott case. The arch measures at 630 feet high. That makes it the tallest arch in the world. The Gateway Arch is made of stainless steel.

There is a tram ride that will take you to the top of the arch where you can soak in the sweeping views of downtown St. Louis and the Mississippi River. The ticket prices for that are between $12 and $16 for adults and between $8 and $12 for children aged 3 to 15. The tram ride is free for those aged under 3. You can buy the tickets for the tram ride here.

Located underneath the Gateway Arch is the museum. During your time at the museum, you can learn about the westward expansion of the US, the construction of the Gateway Arch, among other topics. The museum also houses a gift shop and a cafe. Also located within Gateway Arch National Park is the historic Old Courthouse. This is where the first two trials of the Dred Scott case took place in 1847 and 1850.

It was also there that Virginia Minor pleaded her case, in the 1870’s, for a woman’s right to vote in the country. The Old Courthouse is also open to the public as a part of the national park. The general entrance fee for Gateway Arch National Park is $3 for adults. It is free for these aged under 16.

Hotel Suggestion: Drury Plaza St. Louis at the Arch

This hotel is located on South 4th Street in downtown St. Louis, right by Gateway Arch National Park. The hotel takes up three historic buildings which are all on the National Register of Historic Places. Distinct features of the hotel include matching millwork, Italian marble, and Waterford crystal chandeliers.

Also, recently in 2017, a terrance was added on the eighth floor to allow for breathtaking views of downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. For the hungry, an onsite restaurant known as 5:30 Kickback is available. Free popcorn and soda are given in the hotel’s lobby daily. There is an indoor swimming pool along with two hot tubs at the hotel.

You can head to the hotel’s fitness center for your workouts. Many rooms and suites at the hotel will offer breathtaking views of downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch. All of them will have WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $144 to $286. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

These are the newest national parks of the US that you should visit. Before these national parks received their designation, they were previously designated as a national monument, a national lakeshore, or a national memorial. What are your thoughts? Are you planning a trip to feast your eyes on any of these national beauties? Feel free to leave a comment here.

What To Do In St. Louis, The City With The Arch

St. Louis is a vibrant riverside city located on the western bank of the Mississippi River in the US State of Missouri. One thing that comes to mind about the city is the iconic arch called the Gateway Arch that graces the city’s skyline. The Gateway Arch is the monument that symbolizes St. Louis. If you are planning on visiting the city, here are some ideas for what to do in St. Louis to get in some great experiences there.

Gateway Arch National Park

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Gateway Arch National Park is located on the shore of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis. This is where the Gateway Arch is located. So, this should be your first stop during your St. Louis visit. The Gateway Arch represents the westward expansion of the United States that begun under President Thomas Jefferson during the early 19th century.

The Gateway Arch also commemorates the first civil government to be established in the country west of the Mississippi River as well as the debate surrounding slavery stemming from the Drew Scott case. The arch is also called the Gateway to the West. The Gateway Arch is about 630 feet tall.

That makes the arch the tallest arch in the world, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and the tallest accessible building in Missouri. The arch is made of stainless steel. Beneath the Gateway Arch lies the museum where you can check out a variety of exhibits including these related to the westward expansion of the country and the construction of the arch.

This museum also has a restaurant and a gift shop onsite. Also part of Gateway Arch National Park is the Old Courthouse. This historic domed building is located just to the west of the Gateway Arch. The Old Courthouse is built in the Greek Revival architectural style with four wings and an Italian Renaissance cast iron dome. This building was used as a hybrid federal and state courthouse.

The Old Courthouse was where the first two trials of the pivotal Dred Scott case took place in 1847 and 1850. Virginia Minor’s case for a woman’s right to vote also had its trail there in the 1870’s. Today, the building is open to the public where you can learn about the judicial system in the 19th century.

St. Louis Science Center

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If you are looking for something to do with the amazing world of science and technology, then you will want to head to the St. Louis Science Center. This world class museum is located at the southeastern corner of Forest Park along Interstate 64 in the Central West End area of St. Louis. This museum is about 300,000 square feet large with over 700-plus exhibits.

This makes the St. Louis Science Center among the largest museums in the US dedicated to science and technology. So, there is certainly plenty for you to see there. One interesting aspect of the museum complex is the indoor bridge that crosses Interstate 64 from one building to the other building.

Not only does that allow you to look over at the highway, but also you can look directly below as the traffic buzzes by on the highway. There are about 14 categories that are covered at the museum. These include space science, dinosaur & paleontology, plants & animals, physics, technology, aviation & flight, biological sciences, chemistry, among others.

One major exhibit you can check out at the museum is called 50 Greatest Landscapes. In this exhibit, you can check out a jaw-dropping collection of images showcasing some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. These images are treated like works of art. If you are into gaming, you should check out the major exhibit, GameXPloration.

Board games, video games, and virtual reality are a few categories of gaming covered within this exhibit. Flight enthusiasts will want to check out the Experience Flight Simulator major exhibit. Located in this exhibit are a variety of simulators where you can take the pilot’s seat and pilot an aircraft through a variety of settings. These are a few of the exhibits you can check out at the St. Louis Science Center.

Busch Stadium/Ballpark Village

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If you are a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals of the MLB pro baseball league, you will want to head to Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village. They are located in the southeastern section of downtown St. Louis near the interchange of Interstate 64, Interstate 55, and Interstate 70. Busch Stadium is the home of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals are one of the oldest and most storied team in the MLB.

The St. Louis Cardinals have been in existence since 1900. They have won eleven World Series championships in the MLB. That places the Cardinals in second place only behind the New York Yankees. The price for a St. Louis Cardinals ticket varies widely depending on which game and stadium seating you choose. For example, the ticket to a Cardinals game on April 2nd, 2020 range from $50 to $426.

You can view the game schedule and buy your tickets by going here. Busch Stadium itself is a retro-style ballpark that seats 46,000 people and uses Kentucky bluegrass for its playing surface. There is a bronze statue of Cardinals legend Stan “The Man” Musial located just outside the Gate 3 entrance stands.

For the most part, Busch Stadium is positioned in order to offer those attending the games a breathtaking view of the downtown skyline including the Gateway Arch. Located adjacent to the stadium is the Ballpark Village dining and entertainment district. There are two places there that I would like to note for the Cardinals fans. The first is the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum.

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This museum is divided into seven sections designed to guide you through the storied history of the St. Louis Cardinals from its original beginnings through to the present. There are a few things at the museum that I would like to note. The first is that there are models of the stadiums that the Cardinals have played in throughout its long history.

The second thing is that there is a place called The Broadcast Booth where you can take your place alongside the most renowned broadcasters in the Cardinals’ history and call out some of the team’s greatest moments. The third thing is that you can hold a baseball bat that had actually been used by a Cardinals great in order to get a better feel for how it handles. You can do so in the Holding History area.

The last thing to note is that you can check out each of the team’s 11 World Series titles in The Championship Gallery area of the museum. This museum has one of the largest team-specific collections of artifacts and memorabilia in the world. The admission prices for the museum are $12 for adults, $8 for children, and $10 for seniors and military members. You can get your passes here.

The second place at Ballpark Village is the Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar. This is a unique restaurant because of the fact that it is themed with the St. Louis Cardinals in mind. This restaurant and bar takes up two floors serving sports-inspired cuisine. There are over 50 flat-screen TVs available for watching the Cardinals play baseball.

These are some ideas for what to do in St. Louis. With these, you can have a great time once you visit St. Louis.

Hotels In St. Louis

If you are looking for a hotel to stay at in St. Louis, I have you covered here. Here are the two hotels I would suggest you to book your stay at.

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

This hotel is located on Chestnut Street in downtown St. Louis. This stylish hotel has four onsite restaurants and bars. They are RED Kitchen, RED Bar, Rush’s Chris Steak House, and Brewhouse Historical Sports Bar. Starbucks is also located onsite. A 24-hour fitness center called StayFit is available at the hotel for you to use. There is a gift shop located within the lobby of the hotel.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer sweeping view of the city skyline include the Gateway Arch. They all also offer the hotel’s signature Hyatt Grand Bed beddings. At the very least, you can expect to have WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators in the rooms and suites. The average rate for a standard room range from $140 to $335. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch

This hotel is located on South 4th Street in downtown St. Louis. This hotel is housed in a group of historic buildings and is noted for its matching millwork, Italian marble, and Waterford crystal chandeliers. This hotel has a terrance on the eighth floor for enjoying the breathtaking downtown views. There is complimentary breakfast offered at the hotel.

Free popcorn and soda are also offered in the hotel’s lobby. There is an onsite restaurant known as 5:30 Kickback. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub at the hotel. A fitness center is also available for your workouts. Many of the hotel’s rooms offer sweeping views of downtown St. Louis. All of the rooms have WiFi, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, and microwaves.

The average rate for a standard room range from $144 to $286. You can head here to book your stay and/or check out some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you planning on a visit to St. Louis? Feel free to leave a comment below.