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Named after Louis IX of France, St. Louis is one of the most historic cities in the United States, and was the last major stop before journeying westward to the Pacific coast.

A girl walks through a hall of mirrors at the City Museum in St. Louis. The museum, housed in the 600,000-square-foot former International Shoe Company factory, is an eclectic mix of mosaics, sculpted caves to explore, slides to barrel down, even a massive outdoor playground where kids climb through tunnels, towers and suspended airplanes. Jeff Roberson / AP
Visitors tour the Anheuser-Busch brewhouse in St. Louis. Whitney Curtis / Getty Images
Michael Marsh of Hopkinsville, Ky., stops to smell a flower at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Longtime St. Louisans still lovingly refer to this urban oasis as Shaw's Garden, for the British businessman Henry Shaw who recreated the English gardens of his youth in what was then the outskirts of St. Louis. Jeff Roberson / AP
The Gateway Arch, surrounded by reflecting pools, is the world's tallest national monument. The Arch was built to be a symbolic gateway to the west, and is the centerpiece of the riverfront Jefferson National Expansion Memorial park. St. Louis CVB
The historic Eads Bridge spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. Built in 1874 to accommodate carriages, pedestrians and steam trains, the bridge carries a portion of St. Louis' light rail system which connects to many of the community's major attractions. Dan Donovan / St. Louis CVB
Opening Day at Busch Stadium with the St. Louis Cardinals playing. Dan Donovan / St. Louis CVB
The Climatron, located on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, is one of the first geodesic dome conservatories built in the U.S. and the first ever to be used as a greenhouse. St. Louis CVB
St. Louis' evening skyline. St. Louis CVB
The Fabulous Fox Theatre anchors the Grand Center arts district in Midtown St. Louis. Built in 1929, the Siamese-Byzantine movie palace plays host to touring Broadway shows, concerts, classic movie revivals and special events throughout the year. St. Louis CVB
Lafayette Square, filled with grand 19th century Victorian homes and row houses, is one of St. Louis' oldest residential neighborhoods that is experiencing a renaissance. St. Louis CVB
A replica of the 'Spirit of St. Louis' soars in the grand hall of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Charles Lindbergh's flight was the 20th century equivalent to Lewis and Clark's journey of exploration. Lewis Portnoy / St. Louis CVB
The Missouri History Museum houses exhibits on the history of the St. Louis area, including extensive personal collections of aviator Charles Lindbergh and explorer William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame. St. Louis CVB
St. Louis' historic Soulard neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city with homes dating from the mid to late 1800s. It's home to antique shops, restaurants, Jazz and Blues clubs, and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. St. Louis CVB
A Victorian Garden is one of dozens of elaborate and beautiful gardens within the Missouri Botanical Garden. St. Louis CVB