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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Mystic Oak Golf Course
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Waterloo $15
Crescent Farms Golf Course
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Crescent $27
Acorns Golf Links
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Waterloo $14
Sugar Creek Golf Course
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High Ridge $12
Spencer T. Olin Golf Course
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Alton $12
Yorktown Golf Course
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Belleville $7
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Cahokia $16
Gateway National Golf Links
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Madison $23.35
Lockhaven Golf Course
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Godfrey $17
The Hills Golf Club at McKendree University Lebanon $18 - $30
Wolves Crossing Golf Club Jerseyville $24
White Oak Golf Course at Marissa Recreation Area Marissa $25
The Quarry at Crystal Springs Maryland Heights $33
Fairfield Golf Club
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Columbia $13
Far Oaks Golf Club
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Caseyville $26.99
Innsbrook Resort Golf Course
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Innsbrook $19.35
Quail Creek Golf Club
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Saint Louis $20
Clinton Hill Golf Course
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Belleville $15
Stonewolf Golf Club
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Fairview Heights $21.35
Twin Oaks Golf Club Greenville $11
Grand Marais Golf Course
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Centreville $12
Championship Course at Rolling Hills Golf Club
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Godfrey $17
Belk Park Golf Course
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Wood River $15
Orchards Golf Club
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Belleville $17
Fox Creek Golf Club
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Edwardsville $12
Annbriar Golf Course
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Waterloo $23
Woodlands Golf Club
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Alton $14
Timber Lakes Golf Course Staunton $23 - $34
Spencer T. Olin Learning 9-hole Course Alton $10
Bent Oak Golf Course Breese $20
Legacy Golf Course Granite City $18
Triple Lakes Golf Course Millstadt $24 - $27
Staunton Country Club Staunton $15
Waterloo Country Club Waterloo $10
Highland Country Club Highland $15
Saint Clair Country Club Belleville $69
Nashville Golf Course Nashville $17
Cardinal Creek Golf Course Scott AFB $30
Cloverleaf Golf Course Alton $15
Sunset Hills Country Club Edwardsville $51
Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course Okawville $32
Executive Course at Rolling Hills Golf Club Godfrey $16
River Lakes Golf Course Columbia $20
West Nine at Oak Brook Golf Club Edwardsville $10
American Legion Post Golf Course Edwardsville $10
Carlyle Lake Golf Club Carlyle $18
Bridges Golf Club Columbia $16 - $27
Columbia Golf Club Columbia $16 - $27
Rock Spring Golf Course Alton $8.50 - $14.50
Elmwood Golf Course Belleville $11.00
Greenville Country Club Greenville $20
Tamarack Country Club Shiloh $14 - $20
North Nine at Oak Brook Golf Club Edwardsville $10
Westlake Country Club Jerseyville $15
Arlington Greens Golf Course Granite City $25 - $31
East Nine at Oak Brook Golf Club Edwardsville $10
Indian Mounds Golf Club Fairmont City $12
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