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St. Louis Voted Best Midwest City for Weekend Getaways, Ahead of Kansas City, Chicago

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St. Louis isn't just home to one of the most beautiful parks on Planet Earth -- it's also the number one best city in the Midwest for weekend getaways!

So says a new report that gives us here at Daily RFT another reason to remember why we love St. Louis. AAA's Midwest Traveler Magazine has released results of its annual Best of the Midwest readers poll and St. Louis has taken the number one spot for weekend trips, in front of Kansas City and then Chicago. Hooray!

It was apparently a very close race, but some key St. Louis attractions may have helped push the vote in our favor.

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The magazine cites the city's notable free and affordable attractions and activities, of which there are lots. As the mag says, "You're going to need more than a weekend."

Indeed.

Some of the (pretty obvious) highlights from the announcement:

Forest Park

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It's the "city's jewel."


Saint Louis Art Museum

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...with its new East Building adding 30 percent more exhibit space and more parking.


Outdoor Film Series

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...free every Friday night on Art Hill.

Continue for more of the weekend getaway draws from Midwest Traveler Magazine.



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42 comments
Nick Garvey
Nick Garvey

How does that work if we're also one of the most dangerous cities?

Angelo Olegna
Angelo Olegna

Why don't you book a flight and see for yourself? I'll gladly show you all the happenin' spots.

Angelo Olegna
Angelo Olegna

.....say everyone that actually checks out Saint Louis. I've lived here for 6 years. It's an amazing city. How would you even know anyways?

Chester Angel
Chester Angel

Especially of they stay at that really super sweet Millenium hotel to the left of the arch there...LOL

Joshuah Pommer
Joshuah Pommer

Most people I kno try ta get away from stl on da weekends

Chris Bergh
Chris Bergh

Mel Carter I agree with everything you said... MINUS the part about Slay. Slay is trying to line his pockets with developers money and grant exclusive contracts to family relations (see Joyce Aboussie and the traffic light cameras)

Angelo Olegna
Angelo Olegna

Saint Louis is cheap, fun, and welcoming. More and more to do each month. The dangers are way overblown and the cool stuff is abundant.

Zach Shaw
Zach Shaw

Maybe because stl is not ranked with KANDAHAR in terms of crime. There were more killings in Chicago than Kandahar

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

Anybody that isn't aware of the bad side of Chicago is on bath salts.

Mel Carter
Mel Carter

STL is a beautiful city. We have lot's to do for every adult and child. Yes ST LOUIS is a small city. Yes, there are bad and dangerous parts, every city has those. Mayor Slay is trying his best with getting rid of the eyesores that effects the city.

Jenn Alexander
Jenn Alexander

I know why...Free attractions and museums. We have the Arch! Period! It certainly is not because we are cleaner! I do wish we had a beach like Chi-Town, but I am glad for no lake effect snow.

Bryan Berger
Bryan Berger

Your on BATH SALTS if you think this shits true.

Marshall Patrick
Marshall Patrick

getting your car window busted out, car jacked, get rolled by thugs, drive by murder........oh wait you asked for the best

Mel Carter
Mel Carter

best city attractions: STL Zoo, Art museum, history museum, city museum, the gateway arch, Louis and Clark museum. lots of restaurants for the foodies or food critics. There is lots to do here in STL.

Cindy Rhodes
Cindy Rhodes

:) I have never been to St Louis but I know here they rave about "southern hospitality" but... I disagree about that so all depends on what you grow up around I believe :)

Richard Peitz
Richard Peitz

River boat tour, zoo, Jeremiah Johnson band, science center, soulard, the Arch,

Michael Bell
Michael Bell

By far, the best attraction is our high murder rate. We'll beat all the other cities to the top spot next year!

Katie Boring
Katie Boring

I have been here over 20 and not been to the art mesuem and my favorite thing to do is art.

Meredith Gabbert
Meredith Gabbert

The City Museum! Crown Candy... The Zoo of course- well, really all of Forest Park...

Kim Randall
Kim Randall

People are much more rude in Chicago than in St. Louis. #Fact lol

Cindy Rhodes
Cindy Rhodes

when our daughter went there they said they would never go back? People were rude?? But she is a Chicagoan.

Mary Miller Cullins
Mary Miller Cullins

I wasn't surprised to hear about last night's car break-ins at various hotels...what a shame...

Diann S Hays Cavanaugh
Diann S Hays Cavanaugh

A ride in one of the horse drawn carriages on the cobble stone streets and along side the river under The Arch.

Christine Gonzalez
Christine Gonzalez

This surprises me. I'm glad and we do have a lot of free places to go. It seems like a few months ago they said we were one of the most dangerous cities also. Hopefully we can keep with the good publicity

Stacey Barbeau
Stacey Barbeau

i love chicago but i agree, lots to do and many things are FREE!

Julie Heyen
Julie Heyen

we are spoiled and we don't see it. I've lived here 10 years and still have not been to the history museum. We have all these great things to do, and most are free or cheap!

Andy Knight
Andy Knight

The Golden Gate Bridge and the Washington Monument!

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

The titty bars across the river bring in businessman from all over...

Kim Randall
Kim Randall

I like to take a week or 3 at a time :) #friends

Sara Ivie-Trankler
Sara Ivie-Trankler

Zoo, science center, any and all of Forest park, the muny, museums, city museum, the loop, soulard farmers market.

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