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