St Louis

St. Louis is located in the state of Missouri along the western bank of the Mississippi River, bordering with Illinois. The city is known for the Gateway Arch, which is the tallest monument (190m) in the USA. The Arch was built in honor of Thomas Jefferson and the city’s position as the gateway to the West. Strolling around St. Louis, it will be hard to miss the architectural influences like the French Colonial, German, early American, and modern architectural styles. Furthermore, the city is known for its music and the performing arts. It is associated with blues, jazz, and ragtime. The St. Louis Symphony, the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is also found here. Word has it that St. Louis is second the second city (after Washington, D.C.) in the number of free activities available in a city in the USA. There is much to see and do in St. Louis, so you should take precautions to fully enjoy your vacation. Bellow, you will find what you need to know when visiting the city.

SAFETY INDEX

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Most crime occurs between individuals who know each other or in high crime-ridden areas of the city, in which tourists would have little reason to go to. We recommend you take normal safety precautions and exercise common sense as you would in any other major city. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and protect your valuables.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Muggings are the crime for tourists to be concerned with. Though most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if the target does not cooperate; in case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Mexico City is an averagely safe city regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Express Kidnappings can happen from fake taxis. Be aware of dangerous zones by looking at the map, asking local advice.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in St. Louis. Homeless people can be aggressive towards you if you don’t hand them money. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you. Credit card scams are also common. Never leave your card out of sight, and withdraw money from reputable banks or hotels.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and are generally very safe in St. Louis.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

There can be some occasional natural hazards (geological, meteorological) in Mexico (see the page about Mexico for more advice).

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorist attacks are unlikely. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Many women travel safely without any issues.

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WHAT TO DO?

Popular areas among tourists like Clayton, Downtown, the Central West End, and Forest Park have very low crime rates and safe while areas north of Delmar Blvd are not as much. However, most visitors do not explore those areas as there are not many activities or tourist sights, so it should not be a concern.

Downtown

Downtown ot the Central Business District of St. Louis is home to all three professional sporting teams' stadiums, as well as many hotels, business headquarters, popular restaurants and shopping centers, entertainment, nightlife, and the Gateway Arch.

Grand Center

Grand Center is located in Midtown St. Louis Historic District, and it is the hub for performing arts, theatre, and museums like the Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall, The Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and the Sheldon Concert Hall. Saint Louis University is also in this district.

Old North Saint Louis

Located to the north of Downtown. This historic neighborhood is home to 19th Century structures and new businesses. The heart of the area is at St. Louis Avenue & N. 14th Street, which is where Crown Candy Kitchen is found, as well as the award-winning Crown Square, which is also the place of the North City Farmers' Market.

Useful Information

The US has one of the harshest entry policy, sometimes asking for an interview even for a tourist visa. Prepare to pay fees up to USD 160 for your application. Some countries like the ones from the EU or Australia have a visa waiver program (ESTA) which can be filled online. See https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html for more information. Strong custom regulations also apply (see the CPB website for more details), and the Travel Safety Administration can open your luggage without your presence. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in the United States is the US Dollar. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted countrywide, and ATMs are found nearly in every city. The costs can vary widely between the states, but it is fair to assume a $100 budget per day on average, $150 if you rent a car and around $300 for top end accomodation. A 10% service tipping is customary in many sectors such as airport and hotel bag porters, bartenders , hotel maids, restaurant servers and taxi drivers.
The weather in the US varies greatly between the states : from the mediterranean weather of California to the Glaciers of Alaska or the subtropical Florida, each region has its best time to visit; although major cities can be visited all year round. This graph can be useful for finding the best time to travel.
The main international airports are in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Denver and San Francisco. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page