More than 2.6 million people live in the Greater St. Louis region, which includes 12 counties covering 6,375 square miles in Missouri and Illinois, making it the 18th largest metropolitan area in the United States.
As the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark launching their exploration of the American West from St. Louis approaches, the region is mindful of its heritage. St. Louis builds on the past to forge new frontiers for an even better tomorrow. From a French trading post in 1764, St. Louis emerged as the second largest producer of auto vehicles in the United States as well as a center for aerospace development and defense production in the 20th Century. Today, St. Louis is forging new ground in high technology industries, particularly in plant and life sciences, information technologies and advanced manufacturing.
To learn more about the Lewis and Clark expedition and how St. Louis came to be known as the Gateway to the West, see The Gateway Arch and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
St. Louis also has an outstanding Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, and Science Center, and they are all FREE!
Sports. The Super Bowl champion football Rams, the baseball Cardinals, the hockey Blues and much more. There are sports and spectators opportunities for every taste.
Music and Theatre. Visit the Muny, the world reknown Symphony, the Opera, the Black Rep, Fox Theatre and many other great venues.
And MORE! Explore St. Louis!