Never been to St. Luis or seen the Gateway Arch. Scratch those off the bucket list.
I always imagined the structure to be bigger in person than in pictures. Don't get me wrong, it's still 620 feet tall, so it isn't small. When I saw it in person I was reminded of the National Monument because they both appear bigger in pictures and compare in size. The Gateway Arch is only 75 feet taller. Anyways it's still a spectacular site to see.
From up top you can see downtown St. Luis and Illinois passed the Mississippi River. It is very small up there and not a lot of room to move around. Speaking of not a lot room, the elevators are like little eggs that pack 5 people in. If you're claustrophobic, that could be a problem.
After we left St. Luis and drove through Illinois for a while, we stayed at a town called Olney. Apparently it's home to the white squirrel and sure enough we did find some in the park.
This is the Jug Rock, the largest balanced rock east of the Mississippi River.