BEST WESTERN PLUS Parkway Hotel
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Hotel was clean and rooms are a good size. Mall across the street and fast food options nearby.
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Today we explored the historic river town of Alton. I just love it. Not too big, not too small. Just the right mix of history, commerce, recreation and nature. REAL people gather here.
Due to the confluence of the Illinois, Missouri and Mississippi rivers, this is where commerce began in the 1700's. Louis and Clark began their expedition in 1804 just south of here.
Enough for the history lesson.... come see ...
... a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, it is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis.
The Gateway Arch was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and German-American structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in ...
... with the cruise control set at 55 m.p.h.
We were getting close to the end of Illinois now at East St. Louis and we next stopped to walk the fantastic Chain Of Rocks Bridge over the Mississippi. That was just one of those enormous American engineering feats - to just get a two lane road across the biggest river in the USA. It was very warm outside (about 80 degrees) but we had a nice breeze over the river. We had skirted St. Louis to the north as Route 66 had come this way, ...
... from Lewis and Clark, to gold mining, to the clashes with Native Americans. The Arch and Museum are important to American Expansionism and Manifest Destiny because they reflect the attitudes of the people during the times of expansionism. They show the idea of building and connecting a country.
Where to Eat: Favazza's Italian
... 66 again. We drove past Tulsa which we wouldn’t know existed if it were not for Friends, and whilst listening to Pixie Lott’s Broken Arrow we drove past a place called Broken Arrow, coincidence! Storm clouds appeared on the horizon and we got to make use of our windscreen wipers for the first time driving through a light shower.
Once we reached St Louis we headed to Ted Drewes, yet ...