Holiday Inn Alton
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- Drycleaning onsite
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Airport Transportation
- Non-smoking rooms
- Microwave in room
- Hot tub
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... Laclede whose landing on the riverside the placename commemorates. Further down the river, where the Arch stands is where Mr Laclede set up the settlement of St Louis.
We walked on to Broadway where we got brekkie. Just as we were about to leave the heavens opened. It was like nothing we'd ever seen before, but apparently they get extremes quite regularly. After the rain had stopped and the thunder moved on we walked to the arch.
The Arch or ...
We started the day at the Elijah Lovejoy Monument. He is know for his abolitionist newspaper. This is the meeting of the Union/Confederacy..Illinois/Missouri. Alton is noted to be one of the most haunted towns in America, due to the underground railroad and Civil War prison, of which we saw remnants, but the structure has been used for other buildings and the spirits are said to have moved on.
... outside of St Louis in Alton, Illinois. This is a little inconvenient since in the morning we will have a long drive into the city to see the arch.
Once at our hotel we realize that we don't have many choices for dinner tonight. There are several fast food places near us ...
... very overexcited when we realised they were at the motel! That was the last time we've them/their names in a guest book, so either they're really slow or they were heading in a different direction! Carrying on through Missouri, we headed towards Springfield (there's on in every state) and the Kansas border. There weren't many roadside attractions, apart from the worlds biggest rocking chair! Route 66 travels through Kansas for only 13 miles, but ...
... it is what it is.
Leaving our hotel we headed back into St Louis to visit the Gateway Arch - it's gorgeous and the ride to the top was fun, in our funny little pod. At the top, on one side you're looking across the Mississippi at Illinois, and on the other, St Louis and Missouri. While waiting for our trip we checked out the Museum of Westward Expansion, the Museum Shop and the Souvenir shop.