From Gumbo in Ohio to the Arches in St. Louis

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We just did a whirlwind drive from New York to Colorado stopping in Columbus, Ohio, St. Louis, Missouri, where we stayed at the Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
Kansas City, Missouri and also on the Kansas side.


We ate at the Flatiron Bar & Diner — think fried oyster po’ boy and gumbo with beer after a ten hour drive.


Later at the Hilton in St. Louis (above).


As I mentioned before, the Arch was only a couple blocks from our hotel, so we just had to head out at night to catch it all lit up.


And it did not disappoint!


We grabbed drinks at the Hyatt….We purchased tickets online the night before and headed out (in the frigid cold, I might add) the next morning to head up the Arch and see the sites. It really was a pretty fun experience, but be warned clustrophobes … this is maybe NOT the activity for you! I wouldn’t consider myself to be claustrophobic, but even so, the tiny little vessels that carry you to the top of the Arch had my heart racing — and Chris and I were in there alone! (On the way up we were alone at least … we shared with two people on the way down.) I can’t imagine how it would have been if the intended six people were squished together in there!


But the views are pretty spectacular, so you kind of forget about the ride up (and down) once you’re up there.






This is the Old Courthouse, where the slave Dred Scott sued for his and his wife’s freedom in 1846. This statue stands as a monument to the couple — and everything that historic case stood for — outside of the courthouse today.


For lunch we headed to Schlafly Brewery.


After days of driving and 1,836 miles covered (plus lots of McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and Subway for lunch), we had made it to Colorado, my friends, and our final destination — Denver — was in site.  


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