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The city was once quiet, and now has a vibrant downtown

36 Hours in St. Louis

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Location: ~ Midwest Region U.S.

Story Date: 4/4/2019

Publisher: The New York Times   

Author: Elaine Glusac

Before travelers could fly there, St. Louis, on the Mississippi River, was a natural point of continental convergence for rails, trails and sails, the gateway to the West in the 19th century. That traffic, and the industry that grew up around it, created a legacy of wealth and power that is reflected in the city’s architecture and memorials to its complex history. These days, the downtown core, which boomed with industrialization in the early 20th century, and hollowed out with a rush to the suburbs thereafter, is filling up with new residences, hotel projects and cultural venues (including a museum dedicated to the blues). You can still drink Budweiser in the massive factory where it’s made, but you’ll also find microbreweries that emphasize local ingredients; innovative takes on soul food at restaurants like Gourmet Soul; and flavors introduced by immigrant communities from the Balkans and beyond.

Place Category: Attraction, Food & Drink, and Lodging

Story Category: Suggested Itinerary