With 255 daily departures to nearly 90 domestic and international destinations, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Missouri. The 3,970-acre airport is located about 11 miles northwest of downtown St. Louis between I-170 and I-270, serving the Greater St. Louis area. It is a focus hub for Southwest Airlines and has two terminals, inspired architecturally by John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, that offer a number of restaurants and retail shops to suit all tastes. There are four runways and a total of 88 gates. Fun fact: The airport was named after Olympic medalist and prominent St. Louis aviator, Albert Bond Lambert.
Lambert also provides free waiting zones called "cell phone lots" for motorists by each terminal, so a family member or friend can pick up and drop you off without hassle. If you are driving, you can opt for Super Park, offering short, intermediate and long-term parking for all types of vehicles with a free shuttle service included.
When visiting St. Louis, many travelers find lodging at hotels near St. Louis Airport. The Holiday Inn Airport is one of the favorites, as it sits next to popular St. Louis attractions such as the landmark Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium and only 1 mile from the airport. For business travelers, Crowne Plaza Airport might be the spot, complete with free Internet and easy access to the city.
Welcome to St. Louis
St. Louis is an electrifying hub for the architecture, arts and industry. Heralded as the Gateway to the West, St. Louis is the second-largest city in Missouri behind Kansas City. It is home to roughly 318,000 residents who have a reputation of merging Midwestern sensibility with Southern charm. St. Louis is known as a city of neighborhoods, each with its own style. For example, while Clayton is filled with specialty boutiques and galleries, families flock to Kirkwood, Central West End is home to stunning architecture, Carondelet has one of the largest parks in the city, and museums are abundant in Forest Park. Of course, downtown St. Louis is a thriving center of business, entertainment and culture with a vibrant nightlife.
To make your way throughout the city, take the MetroLink light rail and MetroBus for easy access to the neighborhoods, attractions and shopping districts. The light rail, considered one of the best mass transit systems in the country, begins at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and makes its way 48 miles through Missouri and Illinois with stops at 37 stations. For more localized transportation, take the MetroBus, which serves the municipalities in St. Louis County and popular spots.
Things to Do in St. Louis
The Gateway to the West is no stranger to award-winning attractions. The emblem of the city is the Gateway Arch, the 630-foot-tall monument that symbolizes the westward expansion of the U.S. as pioneered by Lewis and Clark. But perhaps more vital to residents are the St. Louis Cardinals, the Major League Baseball team that plays in Busch Stadium, where perfect views of the arch and skyline are as captivating as the game. To get to know the town, catch the buzz of street life along Cherokee Street, which is lined with funky cafes and stores. Let oversize public art bedazzle at Citygarden sculpture park.
If you're traveling with kids, be sure to check out the St. Louis Zoo, where you'll meet 18,000 animals, or let their imaginations run wild in the Magic House children's museum. Throughout the year, the whole family can ice skate at Ice Zone at the Mills Mall. The Fox Theatre features touring Broadway shows while Powell Hall delights visitors with top-notch musical concerts.