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    Here's Everything You Need To Know About Visiting St. Louis, Missouri, For The First Time

    Because where else will you get to try St. Louis-style pizza?!

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    The Midwest often gets overlooked when booking travel in the USA, but it's full of underrated gems. Like St. Louis, Missouri — the next stop on your bucket list! (Trust us, you'll agree by the end of this article.)

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    If you're looking for a dose of that STL history but with some modern amenities, look no further than the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. An old train station turned hotel, you'll find sweeping archways and rooms touched with elegant decor.

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    The huge beds here will have you sleeping like a baby after a day of exploring the city, especially since it's located right in the middle of all the action. In addition to this hotel's old world charm, you'll find the following perks:

    Grand Hall: The elaborate lounge/lobby is the perfect entrance to this train station turned hotel. Don't miss out on the nightly light show projected onto the 65-foot ceiling — the perfect start to your evening in St. Louis.

    Station Grille: What used to be a restaurant for train passengers coming through (or home to) St. Louis is now your next dining spot. Grab some local favorites, like toasted ravioli or pretzels, or fuel up at the breakfast buffet before you head out to explore the city.

    Union Station Soda Fountain: Why not go super old-school and indulge your sweet tooth at the hotel's nostalgic dessert shop? Sip on milkshakes or root beer floats, or share a banana split with the all the works while taking in the retro vibes.

    Address: 1820 Market St, St Louis, Missouri

    Rooms starting at: $150+

    Feeling blue? Or maybe seeing red? Whatever your mood, Angad Arts Hotel has got the room for you. They have rooms dedicated to specific colors and emotions that you can choose while booking — like a blue room meant to evoke tranquility.

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    City Museum is definitely not your average museum; it's the kind of place where adults and kids alike can have the time of their lives. Built in a 100-year-old warehouse and filled with miles of tunnels and secret passages, this kooky museum showcases St. Louis' eclectic art vibe.

    Sip on cocktails while admiring the funky decor at Venice Café. At first glance, the amount of knick knacks covering the walls (and ceiling) seems overwhelming, but upon closer look you'll find quirky art in every nook and cranny.

    If you've got hours to kill, Soulard Market is where to go. Established in 1779, you'll find stalls selling everything from homemade pastries to fresh flowers to St. Louis souvenirs.

    St. Louis is the home of Budweiser, so if you're a beer lover (or just love cool experiences), you have to take a tour of the Anheuser-Busch brewery.

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    When you think of great food cities, St. Louis might not be top of the list, but it should be! Your first stop has to be to try a St. Louis-style pizza — you'll either love it or hate it.

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    Stop by an Imo's Pizza where they've been making the city's signature pie since the '60s. It's certainly different than what you'll find in NYC or Chicago, but it has a unique flavor of its own.

    Promising Yelp review: "Their pizzas have cracker-thin crust and they cut it into squares. Like someone mentioned before — it's almost got the texture of nachos but the flavor of heavenly pizza. The real magic, though, is in that provel cheese. It's insane how creamy and delicious that provel cheese is, so do yourself a favor — give them a call, grab the largest pie imaginable, add extra provel, and thank me later." —Matt H.

    Address: Multiple in St. Louis

    Want to know where the locals and tourists are eating? Look no further than Pappy's Smokehouse, a legendary BBQ joint that sells out faster than you can say "ribs, please!"

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    With lines out the door that usually start well before opening, this is the spot for great barbecue in STL. Try their melt-in-your-mouth ribs fresh from the smoker and of course their variety of homemade sauces.

    Promising Yelp review: "Pappy's has the best ribs I have ever had! In fact, I would say their ribs are perfect, which I rarely say about anyone's food. First off, the meat is unbelievably juicy inside and falls off the bone. The outside is crispy and caramelized to bring out more flavor without affecting the meat. To really understand how it is, you just have to try it." —Jeremy H.

    Address: 3106 Olive St, St. Louis, Missouri

    Take a stroll to The Hill, St. Louis' bustling Italian neighborhood and dine at Anthonino's Taverna, a Greek/Italian restaurant that fuses old-world Italy with modern cuisine.

    Craving something sweet? Head down iconic Route 66 to find Ted Drewes Frozen Custard where you can grab one of their famous concretes. It's basically ice cream, but dare we say...better?

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    This little stand usually has huge crowds outside, but don't worry — they go by fast! Their concretes are made up of thick frozen custard mixed with whatever your heart desires (think fresh fruits, candy, baked goods, and more).

    Promising Yelp review: "It's a good thing I don't live around here, otherwise I would be here every day after a meal. The frozen custard here is just simply delicious. The service is quick and the prices are reasonable. They have lots of combinations that you can choose from. I'm just disappointed that I can't taste all the flavors." —Charlie T.

    Address: 6726 Chippewa St, St. Louis, MO 63109

    If drunchies or a hangover cure are what you need after a night painting STL red, head over to Courtesy Diner for a truly Midwestern meal: the slinger.

    And with that, I leave you to start planning your trip to St. Louis — using this as a guide, of course. Happy traveling!

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