Bolinger Family Road Trip – St. Louis Arch

The Bolinger Family packed up their suitcase, homemade travel kits, cooler full of beverages, and all necessary electronics on a Friday night, in order to leave first thing the next morning for an adventure packed road trip – end destination:  Boston.

Fully expecting to spend hours upon hours of time in the car, we were prepared to stretch our legs by making a couple of stops before actually reaching Boston.  Our first stop was the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

First Impressions of the Arch:  “Wow!”     It’s so TALL!”     “I don’t want to go all the way up there….!”

A few images that I captured of the Arch upon arrival.

Some tips when visiting the Arch:  

  • Order your tickets ahead of time by phone!  The lines were horrendous…  Thankfully, my friend, Marian mentioned to purchase tickets in advance!  We went straight through the reserved ticket line in a matter of seconds and were able to trade our 4:00pm tickets in for an earlier time.
  • Be prepared to go through a security checkpoint, which could take a while depending on the crowd.
  • Take advantage of the Monument’s Museum of Westward Expansion while waiting for your tour time.  When they say that you shouldn’t get in line before your allotted time, they mean it!
  • The line to get down to the trams is just as long as the ticket lines, which are unavoidable by that point.  There’s a lot waiting and anticipation….  must be patient!

These funky little doors opened to the tram pods that would take us to the top.  

A view from the top – it was so awesome to see all of the buildings, streets, cars, people, the river, bridges, etc.!  It was also so awesome to get a kiss from my Hubbs at the top of the Arch!

Alex peeking out the window!

The kids and I at 630 feet up in the Arch!

Gregg and the Kids at 630 feet up in the Arch!

Silhouette of Gregg and the Kids under the Arch before leaving…

We grudgingly got back into the car and continued on our journey.  Gregg, our master chauffer, got us through Illinois, Indiana, and part of Ohio, where we ended up crashing for the night.  Stay tuned for more pics and details from the Bolinger Family Road Trip in days to come!

Happy to have seen the Arch!






About cjbolinger

I am a stay-at-home mother of three children (Ben, Alex, and Christian), a wife who is head-over-heels in love with her husband of 13 years (Gregg), a hobbyist photographer, and a lover of everything crafty! Follow my attempts at domesticity as I cook, clean, and craft for my family...
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