We left Mammoth Cave about lunch time and started driving. We stopped for lunch at a fast food place and then drove some more. I chose a book that had a little bit of information on the Arch to do as a read aloud while we drove. Just thought it would make things more fun. It's part of a neat series of books on real places written by Carole Marsh. It is entitled The Mystery on the Mighty Mississippi. I also bought the teacher's guide to go along with it, but found it wasn't really needed for what we were doing on the trip. (Warning that this book does briefly mention vampires, but it was not central to the theme at all. I skipped over most of it.)
Roger had found out ahead of time of a neat place to stop before we got into St Louis in order to view the Arch. It was perfect! It was billed as the Best Place to view the Gateway Arch and I would concur.
After eating, we drove over the the Arch. Did you know it stays open really late? It wasn't very crowded at that time either.
Neat views at night! They could see a baseball game in action.
A model of the tram so that you could test it out.
This is a model in the room where we waited our turn to ride.
Museum of Westward Expansion which is all underground - under the Arch. It is the size of a football field with many interesting exhibits. I especially enjoyed learning about the peace medals that were given by Kings and Presidents. My younger boys earned their Jr Ranger badges. Joshua did too, but isn't in the photo.
We headed out before lunch time and by this time there was a long line inside and outside of the Arch. My recommendation is to go early or go at night. We stopped for lunch and then headed toward Omaha. We found out as we were driving that the roads we had planned to take were flooded. Thankfully, Roger's sister warned us of this and we made a detour. It ended up being a long drive that day - but shorter than it would have been had we not known about the flooding.
We arrived late at his sister's house. Happy to see family and looking forward to a fun couple of days with them.