St. Louis was founded by French fur traders in 1764 and named for Louis XIV, the Crusader King of France. In 1803, Napoleon sold the Louisiana Territory to President Thomas Jefferson, and the Gateway to the West was open for business. Today, St. Louis is a thriving, modern metropolis that celebrates everything from industries in biotechnology and brewing to baseball and bicycles. The fabric of the region is woven with the many colorful threads and textures of its ancestors and modern-day explorers from around the world.
Key Attractions: The Gateway Arch, Missouri History Museum, The Magic House – St. Louis Children’s Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Grant’s Farm, Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Walk of Fame, Butterfly House, City Museum, Gateway Riverboat Cruises, Saint Louis Zoo, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Museum of Transportation and Six Flags St. Louis.