Written by a contributing writer
If you’re preparing to make the best out of holiday season then look no further. Proudly standing tall as an independent city and boasting a large importance in Missouri, St. Louis is the largest port in the state. It’s also the largest metropolitan area in Missouri; hence you can revel in the unique vibe of such a busy place with lots to do and people to meet. The basics are, beer and baseball, and if you’re willing to open your mind up to what St. Louis has to offer in those regards, you’ll find the culture to be right up your street. One mustn't forget, however, that the world famous Mississippi River runs through the city like an exposed artery. The icon Gateway Arch is what gave it the nickname, ‘The Gateway City’ because it’s the first sign you’re leaving the East Coast. Style and class have all graced their presence among the people with iconic music artists like the late great, Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, and, the one and only, Miles Davis playing in concerts. If that hasn’t persuaded you to book a flight already, maybe this will.
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Where speed demons roam
‘You wanna drag?’ The term immortalized by so many muscle car movies, but here at the Gateway Motorsports Park, they’re not messing around. If you’ve ever wanted to drive a professional dragster, now is your chance. It takes nerves of steel and a willingness to go above and beyond your comfort zone. You’ll make mincemeat of the quarter mile by engulfing the track in under 10 seconds and hitting speeds of up to 140mph. All participants will get a thorough safety instruction, a proper understanding of the track, and the courtesy of a demo run. You’ll wear the proper safety gear, such as a fireproof racing suit, gloves, helmet, and racing style shoes with extra grip.
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The old and the new
If you’re a move with the times kind of person, perhaps Asian cuisine will tickle your taste buds. One of the best organic food menus in the city, this restaurant combines fresh, crunchy vegetables with rich sauces and succulent meat. It takes pride in blending Asian cuisines such as Chinese, Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Laos, and American soul food. In Lonas Lil Eats, a must-try is the lime-ginger peanut salad. You can add in grilled chicken, pulled turkey, or spicy tofu. The dishes will leave you full, but not bloated.
While exploring St. Louis and finding new experiences, rest assured that an appetite will find you. You won’t have to look far in return, however, as there are many restaurants and bars offering traditional cuisine and innovative contemporary menus. The city has a long history of Cajun culture, which always brings a fun, spicy flare. Try the Broadway Oyster Bar, where Cajun herbs and spices marry seafood like shrimp, prawns, crayfish, and lobster. The shrimp and grits dish is a favorite among the locals as it reminds them of meals by the river when they were young.
Laura plantation tour
Finish off the day by walking through the sugar plantation on the bank of the Mississippi River. Just an hour away from New Orleans, your admission gets you an hour-long tour, delving into the rich history of the Creole culture. The main house that once houses many Laura plantation generations is still standing. The fields were mainly used as a means of service for the markets in Louisiana. You’ll see how many Creole people over the 200-hundred year history lived and made a living.