Self-guided Tours

The Old Courthouse
Completed in 1862, the Old Courthouse, a Greek Revival building, is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It was also home to one of the most significant court cases in U.S. history: the Dred Scott case, where a jury determined that the former slaves were free, only to be overturned later by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Old Courthouse
The Gateway Arch
In addition to the opportunity to get the view from the top, the Arch grounds features the Museum of Westward Expansion (free), films about the Arch and America's Westward expansion. Also, the groundsare lovely and provide a great view of downtown St. Louis and the Mississippi River.
The Eads Bridge
Completed in 1874, the Eads is the first bridge across the Mississippi in the St. Louis area, and the first in the world to exclusively use cantilever support methods. It currently takes traffic, Metrolink, and pedestrians between Missouri and Illinois. A walk out over the bridge provides a nice view of the Arch and downtown.
Eads Bridge
The Gateway Mall
Stretching from the Arch grounds 20 blocks west to Union Station, this corridor of green space either contains or passes by some of St. Louis' most notable structures. This includes: Kiener Plaza, City Garden, several memorials, the Wainwright Building (considered to be the world's first skyscraper), and City Hall. Take in as much as you'd like, as the Mall is just a few blocks south of the Marriott Renaissance hotel.
Washington Avenue
Perhaps downtown's most bustling street, the avenue on which the conference hotel sits is home to many loft structures from the days of St. Louis' reign over the textile industry. These lofts now house shops, apartments, condos, bars, restaurants, and of course, the City Museum. Take a stroll and look up—there's a lot to see above street level.
Washington Avenue


Updated Nov. 7, 2012