St. Louis is a major midwestern metropolis filled with culture. St. Louis planners have created an aesthetically beautiful city with green space at the street level. It is said that St. Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available in an American city. The Gateway Arch, the world's tallest man-made monument, forms a triumphant city skyline. An open mall surrounded by reflecting pools leads up to the historic court house facing the Gateway Arch.
Most visitors fly into Lambert St. Louis International Airport (IATA: STL), which is served by most major US carriers. The airport is directly served by the MetroLink light rail line.