• Looking up at the Gateway Arch

    Jefferson

    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Due to the Industrial Rope Access Project at the Gateway Arch

    Visitors may enter the Arch at the south leg only. Tram rides to the top are still available, the observation deck at the top will have restrictions. Usual walking paths may be closed; please look for signage or a Ranger for walking directions.

How Tall is it?

Compare the Arch to other monuments:


Gateway Arch -- Jefferson National Expansion Memorial 630 Feet
Southwestern Bell Telephone Building (St. Louis, Missouri) 587 Feet
Eiffel Tower 984.25 Feet
Interior Dome Height of the Old Courthouse from the Floor of the Rotunda to the top of the Lantern 161 Feet
Statue of Liberty 305 Feet
Washington Monument 555 Feet
San Jacinto Monument (San Jacinto, Texas) 570 Feet
Empire State Building 1,250 Feet


The Gateway Arch is one of the newest monuments in the National Park system, and at 630 feet, it is certainly the tallest! The Arch is 75 feet taller than the Washington Monument and over twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty. The 60-foot heads carved on the face of Mount Rushmore are designed to the scale of men who would stand 465 feet tall, a height that would easily allow such giants to walk through the legs of the Arch! While the Gateway Arch is America's tallest monument, several buildings, such as New York's Empire State Building (1250 feet) and Chicago's Sears Tower (1454 feet) would loom over the Arch.

 
Graphic showing the relatives heights of the Gateway Arch, Washington Monument and Statue of Liberty

Did You Know?

Cartoon grouse

The Lewis and Clark expedition sent back animals to President Jefferson from Ft. Mandan. Four magpies, a prairie dog, and a sharptailed grouse were sent back with Corporal Warfington. Unfortunately, only the prairie dog and one magpie survived the arduous journey. Learn more about the journey here. More...