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St. Louis is the largest metropolitan area in Missouri and a huge metropolis with substantial cultural significance. It is located along the western bank of the Mississippi River, bordering with Illinois.
What is unique about the city of St. Louis is that it’s aesthetically completely unmatched in the U.S since it’s filled with green space around its streets.
And when it comes to activities for tourists – there are so many that you’ll need two vacations to see and do the all! It is said that St. Louis is only second to Washington, D.C. when it comes to the number of free activities you can do during the day.
The most famous landmark of St. Louis is The Gateway Arch, the world’s tallest man-made monument (190m), which forms a magnificent city skyline.
Also, don’t forget the historic court house, the site of the Dred Scott decision, sitting right across the way from the Gateway Arch.
You’ll have a hard time missing all those architectural influences like the French Colonial, German and early American on your walks around St. Louis.
Warnings & Dangers in St Louis
OVERALL RISK : LOW
St Louis is overall very safe to travel to. Even though it's sometimes dangerous, and the amount of homeless people and junkies on the streets may make you feel uneasy, the criminal activities that occur only apply to dangerous parts of the city, which are rarely frequented by tourists.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
St Louis has a safe and convenient public transport, though you shouldn't let your guard down. Be extremely vigilant while on public transport and don't linger around bus, railway and metro stations.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
Pickpockets and purse snatching can be an issue in areas north of Delmar Blvd, on poblic transport and in crowded places. It is wise to watch your belongings while on a public transport or in crowded places.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Occasional natural threats exist in the form of an earthquake. This is unlikely to happen, but the last major one changed the course of the Mississippi River.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
When it comes to mugging, you're not in danger in St Louis, as long as you stay away fro the dangerous parts of the city. Violent street crime is not a common occurrence here.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Excluding isolated shootings, St Louis hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
Just like in other tourist destinations, there will be people trying to scam you in St Louis, too. Homeless people can turn agressive if you refuse to give them money. Be wary of anyone trying to distract you, flashing large signs in front of you or ATMs that look like they've been tampered with.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
St Louis is very safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures should completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong.
So... How Safe Is St Louis Really?
As expected, St Louis does have problems when it comes to safety on its streets.
However, the good news is that a tourist is unlikely to be a witness to any crime or, worse, become a victim of one.
This is because the crime that goes on in St Louis is usually confined to certain dangerous neighborhoods and individuals that know each other from the streets.
The safe areas where tourists mainly go, like Clayton, Downtown, the Central West End, and Forest Park have low crime rates and it’s unlikely that something will happen there.
All tourists should take usual precaution measures, just as they would in any other city or their own hometown.This means avoiding dark alleyways any communication with unknown people.
You should, by all means, stay informed on which neighborhoods should be avoided due to heightened criminal activities and avoid those neighborhoods.
Such areas in St Louis are north of Delmar Blvd which are much less safe than south. However, once again, tourists don’t usually go there, so there’s no need for panic.
Some Metrolink stations are situated in some potentially dangerous neighborhoods after dark. However, most downtown spots like Busch Stadium, and Union Station, as well as the Saint Louis University area
Last but not least, be careful of the possibility of an earthquake.
The chance of this happening is low, but St. Louis sits on the New Madrid fault line, whose last big earthquake changed the course of the Mississippi River, and many scientists are saying that a “big one” may occur again.
- Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
- Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in St Louis. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
- Weather - St Louis doesn't have neither mountains nor large bodies of water in its vicinity to moderate the climate, which is why it has extremely high and low temperatures. Both winter and summer can be brutal for someone unaccustomed to these weather conditions.
- Airports - St. Louis Lambert International Airport is an international airport serving St. Louis, Missouri, United States. It is located 23 km northwest of downtown St. Louis.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to St Louis, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.