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Stanley Cup Final postcard: Gateway Arch

St. Louis landmark offers spectacular views of city, Mississippi River

by Bill Price / NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

The 2019 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues continues with Game 4 in St. Louis on Monday (8 p.m.ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). NHL.com writers covering the series will provide a daily Stanley Cup Final postcard from whatever city they're in. Today, Editor-in-Chief Bill Price checks in from the famous Gateway Arch.

ST. LOUIS -- It's hard to miss the Gateway Arch. The 630-foot tall monument to westward expansion of the United States can been seen practically from anywhere in St. Louis.

So even if I was a bit hesitant to go to the top, it seemed as if the Arch was constantly looking over my shoulder the past few days, calling me to check it out.

One of the most recognizable landmarks in the world has been hosting visitors since June 10, 1967. I figured the people there know what they are doing as far as safety, so I decided to put my fear of heights on the backburner and head to the top.

 

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The four-minute ride in a tiny car that seats five takes you up the inside of the Arch, where all I could see was stairs, nothing but stairs. When I asked NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen what he would do if he had to walk all the way down the stairs from the top, he said, "I'd live up there."

Once at the top, it didn't sound like a bad idea. The views were spectacular. Looking east through the tiny rectangular windows gave us a glimpse of the now overflowing Mississippi River and western Illinois. On the other side we got a perfect look at downtown St. Louis with Busch Stadium, the home to the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball, jumping right out. 

Though it was very cool experience, the 10 minutes up there were enough, and we squeezed into the car for the three-minute ride down the arch. 

For those who can't handle the trip up, there is an underground museum that tells the story of the Arch and western expansion. On Saturday, the museum hosted a toasted ravioli eating contest. The winner, someone called "The Hammer," ate 62 in 6:30. 

I'm not sure he would fit in the car to get up the Arch. 

But if you can and you're in St. Louis, it's a must.

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