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Consistent with CDC recommendations, face coverings are required to be worn by everyone ages 2 and older in all federal buildings, regardless of vaccination status. All tram riders, age 2 and up, are required to wear a mask. COVID-19 safety protocols can be found here.

Gateway Arch visitors must enter the monument through the new west entrance, which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. The Gateway Arch legs have become exits only. Please allow at least 30 minutes to go through security.

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Experience a destination where the stories
are as incredible as the views.

Bringing together art, nature, history, and adventure, the Gateway Arch is an inspiration
as well as a destination. Spend a few hours or a whole day. The Gateway Arch will change
your perspective, inside and out.

Experience a destination where the stories
are as incredible as the views.

Bringing together art, nature, history, and adventure, the Gateway Arch is an inspiration
as well as a destination. Spend a few hours or a whole day. The Gateway Arch will change
your perspective, inside and out.

Tram Ride to the Top:
Getting there is part of the adventure.

Gaze at over 43,000 tons of concrete and steel making an iconic, elegant arc 63 stories high into the Midwest sky. Shaped by the inspired design of Finnish-America architect Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch celebrates the westward expansion of the United States and the pioneers who made it possible. Since its completion in 1965, the monument has taken millions of visitors on the trip to the top to enjoy stunning views stretching up to 30 miles to the east and west.

Begin your tour with our new, interactive pre-boarding exhibits featuring 60s era animation and Gateway Arch trivia. Then, be transported 630 feet to the top of America’s tallest monument.

Each tram tour has an anticipated duration of 45-60 minutes. For the best experience, purchase your Tram Ride to the Top tickets before you visit. Start planning your Gateway Arch adventure now.

UPDATED: 06/11/2021

Bi-State Development, which operates the tram, requires face coverings for all Gateway Arch tram riders, ages 2 and up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) current order requires that face coverings be worn on public transportation conveyances. *

  • * There is a narrow exception to the mask mandate that includes a person with a disability who cannot wear or safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation on the Tram Ride to the Top, contact the ADA Coordinator at (314) 982-1525 for information about the process to seek an exemption. Requests must be processed in advance. Please submit your request 72 hours in advance when at all possible.
  • Face coverings must fully cover the guest’s mouth and nose, should be secured under the chin, and fit snugly against the sides of the face.
  • Face coverings must be worn for the duration of the tram experience (45-60 minutes).
  • Plastic face shields may be worn, but a properly fitting face covering must also be worn underneath.
  • Guests may bring their own face coverings or face coverings and face shields are available for purchase in The Arch Store.
  • Social distancing is not possible at all times of the tram experience.

These policies are in place for the safety of our guests and employees. Those not in compliance will not be permitted to take the Tram Ride to the Top at this time.  We appreciate your full cooperation.

For the health and safety of others, please choose another time to visit if:

  • You are experiencing COVID-like symptoms such as a dry cough, fever, difficulty breathing, and/or loss of taste or smell.
  • You had close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • You are self-isolating or self-quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19.

For a full list of COVID-19 protocols, click

Please Note: The Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch is not fully accessible for guests with mobility impairments, as no wheelchairs, scooters or strollers are permitted on the Observation Deck. To reach the top and return, you must be able to manage at least 96 steps, divided into six flights, and you may need to stand for 30­–60 minutes. No seating or restrooms are located at the top of the Arch.

See our unaccompanied minor policy.

Gateway Arch
Tram Ride to the Top Stations


See history differently.

Trace the story of the Native Americans, explorers, pioneers, and rebels who made America possible. Featuring 201 years of history within six themed exhibit areas, this innovative and interactive museum celebrates America’s pioneering spirit and explains the westward expansion of the United States with an emphasis on St. Louis’ role in that era. The galleries span from 1764 to 1965 with topics covering Colonial St. Louis, Jefferson’s Vision, Manifest Destiny, The Riverfront Era, New Frontiers, and Building the Gateway Arch.

Learn more about the Museum Galleries.

Note: Current health and safety measures can be found on the COVID-19 protocols page.

Museum at the Gateway Arch
Visitors in the Museum at the Gateway Arch

Riverboats at the Gateway Arch:
Cruise through time on the Mighty Mississippi.

Travel through time on a replica 19th century paddle-wheel riverboat. Day or night, the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch offer stunning skyline views that have been voted Best in St. Louis. With a variety of sightseeing, dinner, and specialty outings to choose from, a riverboat cruise makes a unique and relaxing way to experience the Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis.

Brought to the St. Louis riverfront in 1964, the Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer were originally used to take curious sightseers out on the river to view the construction of the Gateway Arch. While the city may have changed since then, the views of the Gateway Arch are as impressive as ever.

Riverboat Deck with Gateway Arch in Background
Riverboats Loading Dock

50 South Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63102

Old Courthouse

Old Courthouse:
Landmark in Every Sense of the Word

Note: The Old Courthouse is temporarily unavailable

Walk the halls where ordinary Americans made civil rights history. Built in 1839, the Old Courthouse is a prime example of mid-19th century federal architecture. But it is two landmark cases that secure its place in history.

Beginning in 1847, the enslaved Dred Scott twice sued for his and his wife Harriet’s freedom. But, the U.S. Supreme Court decided against them, ruling that African-Americans were not citizens and had no right to sue. In 1873, St. Louis suffragette Virginia Minor and her husband filed a civil suit arguing for women’s right to vote. Although their suit was denied, they brought great attention to the fight for voting rights for all U.S. citizens.


American Flag Hanging Inside Old Courthouse
Statue of Harriet and Dred Scott

11 North 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102



This holiday season, ice skate in the shadow of the Arch at the Winterfest Ice Rink in Kiener Plaza presented by the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. This Downtown winter tradition is bigger, better and brighter this year with more lights, cheery warming igloos and s’mores roasting stations.

From November 20 to January 2, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, celebrate the magic of the season in Downtown St. Louis with ice skating, holiday lights and music, cozy igloos, winter market, and so much more!

Igloo Rentals
Ice Skating
Tram & Ice Skate Rental Combo
S’mores Station

Activities & Attractions

Activities & Attractions

To get the complete Gateway Arch experience, plan time to enjoy one or all of these additional activities.


The stories behind the Gateway Arch are just as incredible as the views. Learn more about the history and meaning of this one-of-a-kind national memorial.


ALERT - Limited Capacity

The Tram Ride to the Top is currently open with limited capacity due to COVID-19 safety measures. Guests are encouraged to plan in advance as we are selling out early and often.

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