Length: 5.6 km (3.5 miles), terrain flat
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|View from Arch: courthouse with Market Street|
If you're staying in downtown St. Louis, here is a short route taking you past the most interesting sights. And what's more interesting than the gigantic Gateway Arch? So we'll start there, at the banks of the Mississippi. From there, we'll run a little loop along the Mississippi, visiting Lacleades Landing, the City Museum and then back along the Gateway Mall, returning down Market Street.
|The Arch Entrance|
Follow the path as it curves southwards, going uphill through the park. Turn around at the top of the hill and head north towards the arch again. Stop to touch and examine the stainless steel arch: this is an amazing structure. Built in the 1960s after 2 decades of planning, the arch is 192 meters in height and width. The hyperbolic shape was designed by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen.
|In Gateway Park|
Run under the old railroad bridge and then turn left on Lucas Avenue to run up along the converted warehouses in Lacleade's Landing. This is an area of old warehouses converted into restaurants and clubs.
|Pub at Lacleade's Landing|
|Along Washington Street|
|In the City Museum "MonstroCity" Courtyard|
|Up on the City Museum rooftop|
The museum is the product of St. Louis artist Bob Cassilly, and their motto is "where imagination runs wild", which is definitely no overstatement. All the objects used were found within St. Louis.
|Market Street at City Hall|
When you reach Market Street, turn left and run back the last kilometer to the arch, passing the veterans' memorial, opera house, the city hall, and then the domed courthouse before finding yourself back at the huge arc rising in front of you at Memorial Drive.
NOTE: Just one block to the south (right) of Market Street, at 8th Street, you can find Busch Stadium, if you feel like adding a little extension to the run.