St. Louis is Missouri’s largest metropolitan area and is home to many museums, historical sites, and fun activities for the entire family.
On the west bank of the Mississippi River at the northernmost point that remains ice-free all year, St. Louis was the crossroads of westward expansion in the United States where exploration parties and fur traders were outfitted and began their journeys. In 1804 the Lewis and Clark Expedition departed from St. Louis on its great journey to the Pacific Northwest.
The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, or the Gateway Arch, is a memorial to President Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase, pioneers, and Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.
Art lover? Check out the Saint Louis Art Museum or the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Nature lover? Go see the Missouri Botanical Garden. Love both? Enjoy the combination of gardens and internationally renowned sculptures at Citygarden.
If you are bringing the family along, don’t miss Forest Park. The park is the site of the 1904 World’s Fair and is larger than New York City’s Central Park. It is home to many attractions including the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Science Center, and the Missouri History Museum. Another treat for kids is City Museum, a 10-story building that is a mixture of playground, funhouse, and architectural marvel made out of found and repurposed objects.
St. Louis is also home to several colleges and universities including St. Louis University, Washington University, The University of Missouri–St. Louis, Lindenwood University, Harris-Stowe State College, Maryville University of St. Louis, Webster University, Fontbonne University, and St. Louis Community College.
The conference will be held at the Clayton Plaza Hotel in the Clayton neighborhood. Clayton offers many popular boutiques, galleries, coffee shops, and restaurants. Clayton is also home to Shaw Park, which is the city’s oldest park. The park offers a beautiful green space of large trees, grassy areas, and lovely gardens in the midst of the busy city.
Learn more about what St. Louis offers at Explore St. Louis.