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Signature City St. Louis

Program Number: 12804RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 5/1/2016 - 5/6/2016; 9/11/2016 - 9/16/2016; 11/6/2016 - 11/11/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Price starting at: $949.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Journey to the heart of America for a comprehensive exploration of the “Gateway City.” Explore the city’s greatest landmarks, glimpse history at Forest Park, site of the 1904 World’s Fair, visit the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and its world-famous team of Clydesdale horses, and taste fine chocolate at the Bissinger's Chocolate Factory. Explore the three main ethnic regions of St. Louis and experience the beauty of the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden.


• Get the inside stories of great city icons, including the Gateway Arch, St. Louis Cathedral and Missouri’s Botanical Gardens.
• Explore the Irish, Italian and German neighborhoods of St. Louis, learn about the rich heritage and dine on traditional cuisine.
• Go back in time at Forest Park, the site of the 1904 World's Fair. Visit the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, and History Museum.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over smooth surfaces, standing up to one hour.

Date Specific Information


On this date, enjoy a theater performance at the Missouri History Museum entitled "Veuve Chouteau" and a private curator talk about "Interesting and Amusing Documents in the Missouri History Museum Archives" instead of a visit to the St. Louis Zoo. You will also have a chance to meet and learn from life-long St. Louisan NiNi Harris, who has written twelve books on the city’s ethnic history, architecture, and landscape.

Coordinated by St. Charles Community College.

St. Louis

Now one of the Midwest's urban centers, this area at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers was home to Indian cultures well before the French established a trading post in 1764. Site of the 1904 World's Fair, the city today is home to a rich cultural mix including great music, vibrant neighborhoods and the world's largest brewery.

Historic Inn located in Union Station, Downtown St. Louis, with indoor pool and free WIFI.
Meals and Lodgings
   Drury Inn - Union Station
  St Louis, MO 5 nights
 Drury Inn - Union Station
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located across the street from the famous St. Louis Union Station, the Drury offers a free reception each evening from 5:30 - 7:00 with drinks and snacks. Free sodas and fresh popcorn served in the lobby daily from 3 - 10pm.
  Contact info: 201 S. 20th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103 USA
phone: 314-231-3900
  Room amenities: HBO, CNN, ESPN, Iron & Ironing board, hair dryer, microwave & refrigerator, free 60 minutes of long distance per day and in-room coffee service in all rooms.
  Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool & whirlpool, fitness center, guest laundry, free 60 minutes of long distance per day plus free high-speed Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Approximately $99/night Reservations for any additional nights needed must be made by participant. When calling please tell them you are with the Road Scholar program and inform them you would like extra nights and need the special rate for St. Charles Community College.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Approximately $99/night Reservations for any additional nights needed must be made by participant. When calling please tell them you are with the Road Scholar program and inform them you would like extra nights and need the special rate for St. Charles Community College.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in to hotel at 3 PM. You will be staying at Drury Inn - Union Station that night.
  End of Program:
Check out of hotel by 11 AM. You will be staying at Drury Inn - Union Station the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is located behind hotel in covered parking area at no charge to guests.
To Start of Program
  Location:  St Louis, MO
  Nearest city or town:  St. Louis, Missouri
  Nearest highway: Interstate 70
  Nearest airport:  Lambert International Airport in St. Louis
  From End of Program
  Location: St Louis, MO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

St. Louis


From Airport




St. Louis County Cab
phone: 314-991-5300
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


approximately $41
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Less than 1 hour. 




Approximately 16 miles


St Louis


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go-Best Express
phone: 314-222-5300


Per Person/One Way:


$18.00 per person; $34 per person round trip
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Less than 1 hour 




Less than 20 miles


Transportation from the airport: Go-Best Express Airport Shuttle Transportation:Reserve on website: Over phone or in person use code SCHOLAR to receive rate. Counters are inside next to exit 12. Metro Link: (approx $4 from airport) You may purchase your fare from a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) located at any Metro Link station. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes during the day.

Driving Directions
  Illinois Cross Streets: 20th & Market Streets. From Illinois 40/64/44/70 West and 55 South: Cross Poplar Street Bridge into St. Louis, exit at Market St. and 21st St. Right on Market. Go two blocks to 20th St. and take a right. Hotel is on the right. From 55 North: Take 55 to 44 West. Take first exit, Jefferson, make a right. Right on Market Street. Right on 20th Street. Hotel is on the right.
  Kansas City, Mo & Southern MO Cross Streets: 20th & Market Streets From 70 East: From 70 East: Take Hwy 70 East to 170 South merge on to I64 East/Us 40 East via exit 1A on left. Exit at Chestnut and 20th Streets. Right on 20th St. Hotel is on right. From 40 East: exit at Chestnut and 20th Streets. Right on 20th St., Hotel is on right. From 44 East: exit at Jefferson. Turn left. Right on Market St. Right on 20th Street. Hotel is one block down on right.
Elevation Note: Midwest location provides for very low elevation. All activities below 1,300 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and Program Orientation
(Sunday, September 21)

Note: You may check in to hotel anytime after 3 pm. Meet group in Room 134 at 4:15.

 Arrive To: Program Orientation, 4:15 pm, Room 134.
 Dinner: In hotel, 6:00 PM.
 Evening: Readjourn in hotel, room 134 immediately following dinner for lecture on the founding of St. Louis and the St. Louis fur trade.
Accommodations: Drury Inn - Union Station
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Melanie Harvey will take you on a journey, connecting the dots, bringing the past into the present. Visit sites and neighborhoods, tour the Old Court House. Enjoy the architecture of the Cathedral Basilica, with the largest mosaic collection in the US.
(Monday, September 22)

Note: Considerable standing and walking in neighborhoods and Cathedral Basilica.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.
 Morning: Meet in Room 134 at 8:00 am where guide, Melanie Harvey will get you acclimated to the day's journey. Then board bus to visit the historic Old Court House, site of the Dred Scott trial. After visiting the Courthouse, experience St. Louis neighborhoods with Melanie as your guide. Study various forms of the world's architectural influences on the midwest.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on the "Hill", and maybe even try your hand at Bocce Ball at Milo's Bocce Garden. After lunch, enjoy an authentic Italian Gelato or an Italian pastry at nearby shops.
 Afternoon: Field study on the St. Louis Hill. This unique neighborhood remains primarily an Italian-American neighborhood. It was established in the late 19th century when immigrants were attracted by jobs in nearby plants created to exploit the local clay. Baseball greats Yogi Berra and Joe Garagioli Sr. grew up on the Hill, along with other sports notables. Field trip to the new St. Louis Cathedral Basilica where the largest collection of mosaics in the world is housed in one place. Study the architectural design of Romanesque and Byzantine styles, where east meets west.
 Dinner: Meet in Room 134 for catered dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Meet me at the fair! Enjoy a presentation on the sights, sounds, and discoveries of the 1904 World's Fair, held in St. Louis.
Accommodations: Drury Inn - Union Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Campbell House Museum, Tower Grove Park and Missouri Botanical Garden
(Tuesday, September 23)

Note: Steps and standing required at the Campbell House. Tram is available at Botanical Garden, so you can walk as much or as little as you wish.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.
 Morning: Step back in time at the Campbell House Museum. This museum opened in 1943, transferring directly from family ownership to the museum. This preserved not only the Campbell's house but also their collection of original furniture, fixtures, paintings, objects, and thousands of pages of family documents. Included in these documents is a unique album of 60 photographs of the interior of the house from 1885. It looks much the same today as it did in these photographs.
 Lunch: As we work our way to the world-reowned Missouri Botanical Gardens, we will make a stop in Tower Grove Park for a picnic lunch. This gorgeous park will take you back to a simpler time. A gift to the City of St. Louis from 19th-century merchant Henry Shaw (who was also responsible for the adjacent Missouri Botanical Garden ), this park was laid out in the mid-19th century as a Victorian walking park. Much of the park is car-free, with winding roads for walking and biking. Unique flamboyant Victorian pavilions may be reserved for picnics notably the Turkish and Chinese pavilions and the lovely "Ruins" area is a restful spot with a pond and fountain. Other features include a beautifully restored Victorian bandstand, tennis courts and a small wading pool.
 Afternoon: Field study to the Henry Shaw's dream, the Missouri Botanical Garden. Discover why it is one of the top three botanical gardens in the United States. Explore the garden, Climatron, and more at your leisure. Round-trip tram ride to various areas of park is optional on our tour.
 Dinner: Enjoy the Irish presence in St. Louis tonight at McGurk's Irish Restaurant and Pub..
 Evening: Optional: "Brick By Chance and Fortune". A documentary about the past, present, and future of brick in St. Louis. This movie chronicles the city's rich history as both a producer and user of a building material that's as lovely as it is sturdy. Once a major player in the U.S. brick-making industry, St. Louis still boasts countless brick houses, from small working-class bungalows to the stately mansions of the Central West End and University City, and the documentary illustrates the diversity and beauty of the city's striking brick edifices.
Accommodations: Drury Inn - Union Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Explore the Gateway Arch and St. Louis Old Cathedral. Visit Anheuser Busch Brewery and the majestic Clydesdales, and then return to the Hotel to enjoy a free afternoon and evening.
(Wednesday, September 24)

Note: Walking down a paved sidewalk required to reach Arch, and there are multiple steps leading down to Arch entrance. The trip to the brewery requires walking, escalators, and standing. A shortened tour is optional.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Meet in Room 134 of the hotel at 8:15 am, where we will begin the morning viewing of "Monument to the Dream", a documentary about the monumental engineering feat that was required to erect this National Monument. Afterwards, board the bus to visit the Gateway Arch, built as a tribute to Thomas Jefferson and all those pioneers for who St. Louis was the Gateway to the West. As we arrive at the Arch, stop in the Old Cathedral, site of the oldest Catholic parish west of the Mississippi, and location of the baptism of Sacagawea's son. Continue on to the Arch, just a short walk down a tree-lined path, and travel to the top of this 630 foot high stainless steel structure for amazing views of the Gateway City, the Mighty Mississippi, and neighboring Illinois. Or choose to keep your feet on the ground and view "Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West". See the expedition of Lewis and Clark on The Odyssey Theatre's giant four-story screen. While at the Arch, you will have time to travel step-by-step with Lewis and Clark on their journey at the interactive Museum of Westward Expansion. Either choice provides a rewarding experience.
 Lunch: Lunch at Sqwires Restaurant in Lafayette Square. The Lafayette square area of St. Louis is a revitalized old neighborhood characterized by rows of Victorian "Painted Lady" homes and a beautiful central park managed by a neighborhood conservatorship. Sqwires is located in a historical wire factory. While dining you can observe some of the remaining features of this facility.
 Afternoon: A trip to St. Louis is not complete without a visit to the Anheuser Busch Brewery. Even if you are not a beer lover, you will be impressed by this historical facility, which is beautiful and spotless. We will also visit the stable housing the majestic Clydesdale horses. If you are a beer lover, you can sample free Anheuser-Busch products at the conclusion of the tour.
 Dinner: Free evening to enjoy St. Louis and various cuisines on your own. Literature will be available to give you options of places to see within a short distance of the hotel.
 Evening: "Meet Me in St. Louis" (Judy Garland) will be available to watch in Room 134.
Accommodations: Drury Inn - Union Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Explore Forest Park, site of the 1904 World's Fair, and one of the largest urban parks in the country, surpassing Central Park in New York City by 500 acres. Sites will include the St. Louis Art Musuem, St. Louis History Museum, and the St. Louis Zoo.
(Thursday, September 25)

Note: Moderate walking and some standing.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet hotel.
 Morning: This morning you will have time to explore the St. Louis Zoo, one of the only free zoological parks still remaining in the US. Visit the giant birdcage, left from the 1904 World's Fair, along with many other natural habitat exhibits.
 Lunch: Today we will lunch at a true St. Louis icon and enjoy food native to the St. Louis area. You may even get to enjoy a special St. Louis treat!
 Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon exploring the St. Louis History Museum and the St. Louis Art Museum. Schedule is flexible -- if you prefer to spend all of your time at one museum, we can accommodate that.
 Dinner: Enjoy the German influence on St. Louis cuisine this evening as we dine at the Feasting Fox Restaurant.
 Evening: Meet back in Room 134 for an evening of St. Louis Trivia with your fellow Road Scholars.
Accommodations: Drury Inn - Union Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Conclusion and Departures
(Friday, September 26)

Note: Meet in Room 134 of the hotel at 8:15 am.

 Breakfast: Closing program at 8:15 in Room 134 of the hotel. If you did not view the Lewis and Clark movie at the Gateway Arch and wish to do so, we will provide that opportunity this morning. Main program will conclude by 8:30, movie will conclude by 9:30. Please check out of rooms by 11 am.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

St. Louis: Its Neighborhoods and Neighbors, Landmarks and Milestones

Author: Robert E. (editor) Hannon

Description: A comprehensive look at St. Louis and St. Louis County's neighborhoods and , its Landmarks and how the area has evolved over time.

Insider's Guide to St. Louis

Author: Dawne Massey

Description: With this guide, readers will get an inside perspective on St. Louis--the city's more than 170 parks, a thriving live music and local arts scene, an abundance of nightclubs and casinos, and world-class sports teams, not to mention the Gateway Arch. St. Louis is known for its abundance of fascinating and free visitor attractions, winning professional sports teams, authentic blues and jazz clubs, and many hundreds of neighborhood restaurants. This authoritative guide will show you how to explore Americas Gateway to the West.

St. Louis: The 1904 World's Fair

Author: Joe Sonderman, Mike Truax

Description: For seven months in 1904, St. Louis was the greatest city on earth. Millions flocked to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition to behold the inventions of the early 20th century. Many saw electric lights, automobiles, aircraft, and moving pictures for the first time. At a time when few traveled more than a couple miles from home, visitors encountered the people and cultures of faraway lands. It was an educational experience, a university of mankind. The Pike offered amusement rides, wild animal displays, and fanciful trips through the Hereafter and Creation exhibits. Fairgoers visited the Alps, the North Pole, Russia, and Paris and witnessed famous battles. Everyone wanted to ride the great Observation Wheel. There were hootchy-kootchy dancers and wonderful new foods, such as the ice-cream cone. But it was all temporary, a dream city made to last only a few months. With the exception of todays St. Louis Art Museum, the grand palaces are gone. St. Louis: The 1904 Worlds Fair tells the story of the greatest Victorian-era worlds fair since the lights of the fair faded over a century ago, while also examining the fairs legacies and legends.

St. Louis Then and Now

Author: Elizabeth McNulty

Description: Celebrating America's favorite cityscapes, this series combines historic interest and contemporary beauty. Then and Now features fascinating archival photographs contrasted with specially commissioned, full-color images of the same scene today. A visual lesson in the historic changes of our greatest urban landscapes.

Gateway Arch: An Architectural Dream

Author: Robert J. Moore Jr.

Description: This coffee-table sized book contains over 200 photographs (black/white and color), 23 essays and 16 oral history excerpts describing a memorial that not only captures the inspiring stories of our country's westward expansion, but is itself an incredible story of courage and innovative design.

Missouri Botanical Garden (Images of America: St. Louis)

Author: Todd E. Styles

Description: The Missouri Botanical Garden has grown from the dream of businessman and philanthropist Henry Shaw to a National Historic Landmark and a world-renowned center for science, conservation, education, and horticultural display. Enlisting the help of some of the most famous botanists of his time, Henry Shaw planted and opened the Garden to the public in 1859. The photographs in this book chronicle the dynamic history of the Missouri Botanical Garden and the men and women who have continued Shaw's legacy for over 150 years. The Garden today comprises 79 acres of magnificent horticultural display in south St. Louis, featuring a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.

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