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St. Louis County is an area in the St. Louis Area of Missouri. Its current boundaries were set in 1877, when St. Louis City split off to become an independent city separate from any county. It is the most populated part of the St. Louis area, though it has fewer sites of interest than the City. It mostly consists of suburban residential areas.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Lambert St. Louis International Airport (STL IATA) is the largest airport serving St. Louis, with annual passenger traffic of approximately 13 million people. The airport is 14 miles northwest of the city center and is directly served by the MetroLink light rail line. A 2-hour MetroLink transfer ticket costs $4 from the airport. Uber vehicles are not allowed to pick up at the airport, although they may drop off passengers.
  • 2 Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS IATA). Serves charter and cargo flights only. Spirit of St. Louis Airport (Q7578005) on Wikidata Spirit of St. Louis Airport on Wikipedia
  • 3 Creve Coeur Airport (FAA LID: 1HO). Serves charter and cargo flights only. It has a large collection of flying antique aircraft as well as the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum. Creve Coeur Airport on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

For the most part, public transportation in St. Louis County is not a viable option. Bus routes are slow, sparse, and infrequent. So unless you are willing to do a lot of waiting and walking, you need a car.

However, a few central locations are located near light rail (MetroLink) stops, particularly the Delmar Loop, downtown Clayton, and the Galleria shopping mall. MetroLink is a fast, comfortable, and relatively frequent way of getting around.

Neighborhoods and regions[edit]

  • 1 Clayton. The county seat of St. Louis County, Clayton has an important downtown business district that is also home to several hotels, many coffeehouses, and upscale dining. It is one of the older suburbs of St. Louis, and has many large early 20th-century homes wonderfully preserved by old-monied families, while the area's nouveau riche help keep the area trendy. It has a great school system and is home to the main campus of Washington University. Clayton begins where Forest Park ends on the west.
  • Delmar Loop/University City - Located just north of Clayton and beginning at the northwest edge of Forest Park/Washington University is this culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhood of St. Louis. One of the more liberal areas of the region, it is a popular area for college students and post-graduates to live and interact. "The Loop" (a.k.a. Delmar Blvd) itself is one main street of storefronts, restaurants, hotels, music venues, bookstores, and one of the greatest independent movie theatre- The Tivoli.
  • West County - Includes most areas west of Clayton, especially upper-class neighborhoods like Frontenac, Ladue, Huntleigh, Town and Country, and Creve Coeur. The area has one of the highest concentrations of wealth in the Midwest, and home to two of the most upscale shopping areas in St. Louis Region - Plaza Frontenac and the St. Louis Galleria.
  • North County - Home to Lambert International Airport, the site of historical flights by Charles Lindbergh, and Boeing. This area contains many small subdivisions of post-World War II ranch-style homes, housing ethnically diverse populations. Towns include Ferguson (which experienced rioting in 2014), Florissant (founded in the late 1700s), and Hazelwood.
  • South County - A residential area, which is mostly white but less wealthy than West County. Towns like Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Webster Groves, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, Crestwood provide a nice small-town atmosphere great for families. It is home to the appropriately named South County Mall.


Map of St. Louis County

  • 1 Delmar Loop. The vibrant Delmar Loop district is shared between St. Louis city and the inner suburb of University City. This culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhood is a popular area for college students and post-graduates to live and interact. The Loop is one main street of storefronts, restaurants, music venues, bookstores, and a great independent movie theatre.
  • 2 Museum of Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station Road, Kirkwood, +1 314-965-6212. M-Sa 9AM-4PM, Su 11AM-4PM. Planes, trains, and automobiles! Take a step back into history and explore this unique collection of cars, locomotives, trolleys and airplanes. Train and trolley rides, guided tours, car shows and even boats are on offer here. Good fun for adults and kids alike. Rail and transit collections encompass more than 190 major exhibits, ranging from an 1833 Boston & Providence Railroad passenger coach and the largest successful steam locomotive ever built to a 6,600-hp, two-engine Union Pacific diesel #6944 (“Centennial”) built in 1971. $8/adult, additional $5/person for rides and $2/person for Creation Station..
  • 3 Laumeier Sculpture Park. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of a handful of open-air museums around the world and a unique compliment to the cultural landscape of St. Louis. Free to all and well worth a visit.
  • 4 Downtown Kirkwood. Kirkwood's newly developed downtown area contains many local shops and restaurants. Also located downtown are Kirkwood City Hall and Kirkwood's historic Amtrak station.
  • 5 Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, 7400 Grant Road, +1 314-842-3298 ext 245. This is the one time home of President and General Ulysses S. Grant's father-in-law, Frederick Dent. The estate was known as "White Haven" consisting of over several hundred acres, but as the Dents came under hard times, the land was sold off. Eventually, the estate passed into the hands of the President. The property now consists of about 10 acres and preserves the history of the President and the area. Another property known as "Grant's Farm," is actually part of the "White Haven" estate, although Grant's home, known as "Heartscrable" has been relocated to the property. Administered by the National Park Service. Free. Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (Q4163684) on Wikidata Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site on Wikipedia
  • 6 Grant's Farm, 10501 Gravois Road (across the street from Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site), +1 314-843-1700. Anheuser-Busch Companies runs and administers this attraction. Part historical site, part zoo and part fun, this location takes you to the ancestral home of the Busch family. Here you will see animals from common goats to camels and tortoises. The home that Ulysses S. Grant built after resigning his commission in the 1850s has been relocated to the property. Free; parking $15. Grant's Farm (Q5596048) on Wikidata Grant's Farm on Wikipedia
  • 7 The Magic House (St. Louis Children's Museum), 516 S. Kirkwood Rd, +1 314-822-8900. A children's museum known for its exhibits such as Wonderworks. The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum (Q15961459) on Wikidata The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum on Wikipedia


  • 1 Sky Zone Fenton.,
  • 2 [dead link] Swing-A-Round Fenton. - located in Fenton
  • 3 Sky Zone St. Louis. - located in Chesterfield
  • 4 Six Flags St. Louis, +1 636-938-5300. An amusement park with 40 rides, including 9 roller coasters and a water park. $53 at the gate. Six Flags St. Louis (Q261618) on Wikidata Six Flags St. Louis on Wikipedia
  • 5 Hidden Valley Ski Resort, 17409 Hidden Valley Drive, +1 636-938-5373. A small ski area with 14 runs, 3 aerial lifts, and 3 surface lifts. Generally open in the months December to March.
  • 6 [dead link] Greentree Festival. Held every year in September in Kirkwood city park. At this festival are live band, arts and crafts, shops selling hand-crafted items, and many games and fun for kids. A staple of the festival is the addition of Folk Life which features folk crafts, foods, and displays showing what life was like nearly 250 years ago.
  • 7 Westport Plaza. Over 18 restaurants, bars and entertainment spots in suburban St. Louis.
  • 8 Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Opera festival every May and June at the Loretto-Hilton Center in Webster Groves.

Parks and nature[edit]

  • 9 Castlewood State Park, 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, +1 636-227-4433. A beautiful park with forested hills overlooking the Meramec River. There are extensive hiking trails, and it's a good place for a picnic. Castlewood State Park (Q5050668) on Wikidata Castlewood State Park on Wikipedia
  • 10 Greensfelder County Park, 4515 Hencken Road, Wildwood. 8AM to 30 minutes past sunset. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and wildlife watching trails. Free.
  • 11 [dead link] Rockwoods Range Conservation Area, Fox Creek Rd, Wildwood, +1 636-458-2236. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and wildlife watching trails. Free. Rockwoods Range Conservation Area (Q7355715) on Wikidata Rockwoods Range Conservation Area on Wikipedia
  • 12 Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood, +1 636-458-2236. Hiking trails, road biking. Free.
  • 13 Route 66 State Park, 97 North Outer Road (near Eureka), +1 636-938-7198. Located on the former site of the town of Times Beach, which was evacuated in 1985 after a dioxin scare that made national headlines. It has since been successfully decontaminated, and transformed into this beautiful park. Free.


Shopping malls[edit]

  • 1 Plaza Frontenac, 1701 S Lindbergh. Exclusive shopping in an upscale mall. Featuring stores such as Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Sak's Fifth Avenue, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Tiffany & Co, Talbot's, and Williams and Sonoma. A small, six-screen independent movie theatre shows the latest non-blockbuster releases.
  • 2 Saint Louis Galleria. A mall in the suburb of Richmond Heights, near the Clayton business district. Saint Louis Galleria (Q7401668) on Wikidata Saint Louis Galleria on Wikipedia
  • 3 South County Center. Suburban shopping mall.
  • 4 West County Mall. Suburbs, featuring the only Nordstrom department store in the region until 2010 when a new Nordstrom opened at the St. Louis Galleria.




  • BARcelona, 34 N Central, +1 314-863-9909. One of the best places in St. Louis for tapas, this place is great for large parties and hanging out with friends. One of the louder places in the city, expect a long wait - but it's worth it.
  • City Coffeehouse and Crèperie, 36 N. Brentwood Blvd, +1 314-862-2489. Always busy and crowded for a reason. Best crèpes in the city - and about two dozen of them. A Clayton landmark.
  • Benito's Gelato, 14 North Central Ave, +1 314-863-3366. A friendly staff and a colorful and chilled-out atmosphere only make the handmade gelato taste better. Try the blood orange and dark chocolate combination: yum.
  • Pomme, 40 N Central, +1 314-727-4141. A very small, very intimate French restaurant. On the pricy side, this is a great place to have a romantic, elegant, amazingly delicious dinner in Clayton.
  • Kaldi's Coffee, 700 Demun Ave, +1 314-727-9955. ". St. Louis's finest coffee roaster. Delicious vegetarian food, traditional espresso drinks, hand-brewed drip coffee, and a relaxed atmosphere.


University City[edit]

The Loop features excellent dining, and has everything from sidewalk cafes to upscale restaurants. This is a great street to walk and find something that appeals to your palate. Many ethnic restaurants, including Lebanese and Thai, are on the Loop.

  • Salt + Smoke, 6525 Delmar Blvd, +1 314-727-0200. Sit down barbeque with patio seating, excellent for people watching on the loop. They have an emphasis on whisky and a wide array of cocktails.
  • Seoul Taco, 6665 Delmar Blvd. Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant that started as a food truck.
  • Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Blvd, +1 314-727-4444. A true landmark restaurant and bar, open till 3AM. Chuck Berry frequently on the calendar to play. Absolutely filled with pop-culture memorabilia spanning decades, including lunchboxes, concert posters, toys, sports trading cards, and other Americana. This place is definitely not one to miss.
  • Fitz's Rootbeer, 6605 Delmar Blvd. American bar and grill, Family friendly, watch the bottle factory go to work as you dine.
  • The Melting Pot, 6683 Delmar Blvd, +1 314-725-4141. Fondue. Reservations are essentially required here.
  • Mission Taco Joint. Hip gourmet street-taco specialist with a San Francisco theme & menu of creative cocktails.
  • Pi, 6144 Delmar Blvd, +1 314-727-6633. The crowds don't lie - this is terrific pizza.
  • Gokul Indian Restaurant, 6101 Delmar Blvd., +1 314-721-1888. Kosher sit-down restaurant serving Indian/vegetarian/vegan fare.


  • Bellaluna Ristorante, 451 S Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood, +1 314-909-0455. Fine Italian cuisine.
  • 1 Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken (Gus's fried Chicken), 7434 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, +1 314-899-9899. Su–Th 11AM–9PM, F Sa 11AM–10PM. Fried chicken.
  • Imo's Pizza. Multiple locations. St. Louis style thin crust pizza. Locals favorite.
  • Kobe Steak House of Japan, +1 314 434-2600. Japanese steak house.
  • Kohn's Kosher Meat and Deli, 10405 Old Olive Street Rd., Creve Coeur, +1 314-569-0727. Full-service kosher delicatessen, bakery and butcher doubling as a small grocery store.
  • Pointer's Delivery, 1023 S. Big Bend Blvd, Richmond Heights, +1 314-644-2000. The Pointersaurus, the world's largest regularly delivered pizza, measures in at 28" in diameter. Pointer's has been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.
  • Robust Winebar. Excellent wine bar with good food and tapas in Webster Groves.
  • [formerly dead link] Woofie's, 1919 Woodson Rd, Overland, +1 314-426-6291. A St. Louis landmark featuring Chicago-style hotdogs.
  • 2 Balkan Treat Box, 8103 Big Bend Blvd, +1 314-733-5700. Tu-Sa 11AM - 3PM. Specializing in Balkan staples such as pide, lahmacun, döner & ćevapi.



Hotels tend to be clustered near the Clayton business district, or near the airport.

For each of these entries, the municipality in which the hotel is found (example: Clayton) is written after the address.




Stay safe[edit]

The southern and western parts of St. Louis County are mostly well-off suburbs which are as safe as anywhere around. However, some of the northern suburbs, particularly those adjacent to north St. Louis City, have high poverty and crime rates. In University City, the area north of Olive Boulevard is best avoided, particularly at night. Further north, the suburbs of Wellston and Pagedale are very dangerous and should never be visited on foot. However, there is little reason for visitors to go to any of these areas.


In 2014, the suburb of Ferguson was subject to sporadic but considerably dangerous rioting, protesting, and other violence over the Michael Brown death. However, as of 2016 things are quiet again.


Although most of Kirkwood is quite safe, the Meacham Park neighborhood (the area between I-44, Kirkwood Road and Big Bend Road) should be avoided after dark. Meacham Park has had a number of shootings. This small neighborhood is one of the few dangerous areas in the south or west of the county.

Go next[edit]

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