Destination Guide

Destination: St. Louis

Visitors to Illinois looking to get the most of their vacations can look no further than, well, St. Louis. Sure, it's in Missouri, but this border city is close enough to Illinois that five southern Illinois counties make up the Metro East suburbs of St. Louis.

Other than suburbs, St. Louis also shares a Midwestern sensibility with its neighbors to the east. The hardest part about visiting St. Louis is figuring out where to start. The most visible symbol of the city is the Gateway Arch, which towers 630 feet over the Mississippi River. Visitors can ride to the top, getting the best view in the area. Art more your thing? The Taumeier Sculpture Park, the Contemporary Art Museum, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and The Sheldon Concert Hall, Ballroom & Art Galleries all await.

Those tight on cash have plenty of free attractions to choose from, including the Art Museum, Zoo, Science Center and Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Outdoor lovers can relax at the Missouri Botanical Garden -- one of the world's top public gardens -- take a ride along Old Route 66, spend the day at Six Flags St. Louis, or explore the 1,300 acres of lakes, walking paths and more at Forest Park. Left the kids at home? There are five casinos in the area, including Lumiere Place, Harrah's, The President, and Ameristar. Or explore the live blues scene in one of dozens of area clubs and taverns.

Sports fans never have to worry. St. Louis is home to Major League Baseball's Cardinals, the NFL's Rams and NHL's Blues. Golfers also have a lot to choose from. Explore the indigenous wildlife that calls Emerald Greens Golf Course home, play the championship Gateway National Golf Links -- regularly voted the area's No. 1 course by St. Louis Post-Dispatch readers, or explore the Jack Nicklaus-designed Stonewolf Golf Club.

Plan your golf vacation wisely: The city has four distinct seasons, with wet springs, hot and humid summers, cold and snowy winters and crisp falls.

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Acorns Golf Links
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Waterloo $16
Sugar Creek Golf Course
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High Ridge $18
Orchards Golf Club
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Belleville $14
Stonewolf Golf Club
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Fairview Heights $12
Crescent Farms Golf Course
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Crescent $18
Far Oaks Golf Club
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Caseyville $18
Spencer T. Olin Golf Course
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Alton $12
Innsbrook Resort Golf Course
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Innsbrook $13
Mystic Oak Golf Course
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Waterloo $18
Clinton Hill Golf Course
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Belleville $12
Gateway National Golf Links
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Madison $21.65
The Quarry at Crystal Springs Maryland Heights $33
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Cahokia $12
Fox Creek Golf Club
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Edwardsville $12
Championship Course at Rolling Hills Golf Club
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Godfrey $17
Annbriar Golf Course
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Waterloo $20
Grand Marais Golf Course
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Centreville $12
The Hills Golf Club at McKendree University
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Lebanon $14
Woodlands Golf Club Alton $14 - $25
Fairfield Golf Club
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Columbia $13
Quail Creek Golf Club
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Saint Louis $15
Belk Park Golf Course
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Wood River $12
White Oak Golf Course at Marissa Recreation Area Marissa $25
Twin Oaks Golf Club Greenville $11
Yorktown Golf Course
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Belleville $7
Wolves Crossing Golf Club Jerseyville $24
Nashville Golf Course Nashville $17
River Lakes Golf Course Columbia $20
Highland Country Club Highland $15
Carlyle Lake Golf Club Carlyle $18
Indian Mounds Golf Club Fairmont City $12
Legacy Golf Course Granite City $18
Timber Lakes Golf Course Staunton $23 - $34
Westlake Country Club Jerseyville $15
West Nine at Oak Brook Golf Club Edwardsville $10
North Nine at Oak Brook Golf Club Edwardsville $10
Bent Oak Golf Course Breese $20
Columbia Golf Club Columbia $16 - $27
Elmwood Golf Course Belleville $11.00
Spencer T. Olin Learning 9-hole Course Alton $10
East Nine at Oak Brook Golf Club Edwardsville $10
Staunton Country Club Staunton $15
Triple Lakes Golf Course Millstadt $24 - $27
Tamarack Country Club Shiloh $14 - $20
Sunset Hills Country Club Edwardsville $51
Saint Clair Country Club Belleville $69
Cardinal Creek Golf Course Scott AFB $30
Cloverleaf Golf Course Alton $15
Bridges Golf Club Columbia $16 - $27
Arlington Greens Golf Course Granite City $25 - $31
Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course Okawville $32
Waterloo Country Club Waterloo $10
Rock Spring Golf Course Alton $8.50 - $14.50
Greenville Country Club Greenville $20
Executive Course at Rolling Hills Golf Club Godfrey $16
American Legion Post Golf Course Edwardsville $10
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