Gateway to the West

The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis' role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson's role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.

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FAQs About the Park

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions you might have about the Gateway Arch

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Upcoming Events and Programs

Plan to attend one of our ranger programs or special events!

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Plan Like a Park Ranger!

Plan Like a Park Ranger and don't miss these top ten tips for visiting Gateway Arch National Park

A woman and a child look out of a window on the observation deck at the top of the Gateway Arch.
Tram Ride to the Top

Learn about the unique transportation system that brings visitors to the top of the Gateway Arch. It's an experience you won't soon forget!

A view of the Gateway Arch from the Illinois side of the Mississippi river
Accessibility at the Gateway Arch

Accessibility at Gateway Arch Visitor Center and getting to the top of the Arch.

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Plan Your Visit

Plan your trip to the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse

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Old Courthouse Renovation Updates

Learn about the $24.5 million renovation of the Old Courthouse, the largest public-private partnership NPS history.

statue of Dred and Harriet Scott outside of the Old Courthouse
The Dred Scott Trial

One of the most important cases ever tried in the United States began here when Dred and Harriet Scott filed for their freedom.

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NPS Wellness Challenge

Personal wellness is well within reach. Learn more about the National Park Service Wellness Challenge located at Gateway Arch National Park

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

11 North 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102


314 655-1600

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