Destination guide

St. Louis opens the gate to the West

Step onto the St. Louis side of the Mississippi River and you’ll immediately know you're someplace else. Somewhere big on skies, big on space, and big on promise. Even before the silver arc of the Gateway Arch makes that change real, it's obvious you've said goodbye to the jaded East and hello to the can-do West. Visitors booking St. Louis vacation rentals are here, in part, to be electrified by that change in outlook, but also to revel in city of delightful diversity, top-ranked museums, paddleboat extravaganzas, and melt-in-the-mouth BBQ ribs.

Things to do

Keeping culture playful in St. Louis

St. Louis doesn't do dull when it comes to culture. Step into the City Museum and you'll think you're in an architectural playground. Packed with mazes, chutes, and mind games, it'll flip your idea of what a museum is all about. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis blows the mind too, with its stunning series of mosaics. Forest Park keeps your body busy with its tree-lined walks, ice rink, and outdoor boogie fests. Top it all off with a toast to St. Louis' beer scene, which runs from cult craft outfits to the larger local brewers.

Activities

St. Louis—paddles, music, and grills

The Mississippi is what's made St. Louis magnificent. And the view from this mighty river's impossible to beat. So, pile onto a paddleboat to see the glittering Gateway Arch at its river-facing best. Unknown to many, music—from ragtime to blues—has made its mark on this Missouri city. Be sure to check out the clubs of the Delmar Loop to find out more about the musical heritage of the city. And if you're wanting to dip into the city's famed smokehouse heritage, but don't know which St. Louis bar ‘n grill to hit, try a culinary tour led by a local grill gourmet.

Weather

St. Louis—sweetest in fall

This city doesn't just sit on the fault line between the American East and West—St. Louis is also in the middle of a climate conundrum. Here, temperatures see-saw wildly with the passing of the seasons. That makes the shoulder months of spring and fall the best for visitors looking for comfort from their St. Louis vacation rentals. Spring is beautiful, but can be a little unsettled. September and October are especially good for the St. Louis bound, though. It's less showery and visitor numbers dwindle.

Natural features

The wild things in St. Louis

With not one but two mighty rivers running through St. Louis (the Missouri River and the Mississippi River meet here, in case you're wondering), there's no shortage of dramatic natural spectacle here. These 2 rivers form great glittering sweeps that add extra color to the city's sunsets. Wildlife from across the globe can be found in St. Louis Zoo, of course. But the city itself has wild moments of its own, too. Those leaving early from their St. Louis vacation rentals might be lucky enough to spot coyotes, white-tailed deer, or even armadillos ambling the back streets.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around St. Louis

Fly into St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.), the closest airport, located 11.7 mi (18.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into St. Louis, MO (SUS-Spirit of St. Louis), which is 23.8 mi (38.4 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station is St. Louis Gateway Station. It's easy to get around St. Louis by catching a ride on the metro at 8th and Pine Station, Stadium Station or Convention Center Station.

Where to stay around Saint Louis?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 453 vacation rentals near Saint Louis. From 186 Houses to 220 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saint Louis for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Saint Louis?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saint Louis:

  • Downtown: 243 vacation rentals
  • Soulard: 53 vacation rentals
  • Central West End: 63 vacation rentals
  • Tower Grove South: 79 vacation rentals
  • Downtown West: 56 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Saint Louis?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Saint Louis. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Busch Stadium: 408 vacation rentals
  • St. Louis Zoo: 424 vacation rentals
  • St. Louis Children's Aquarium/World Aquarium: 419 vacation rentals
  • Washington University: 424 vacation rentals
  • St. Louis University: 425 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saint Louis listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Saint Louis?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 186 Houses in Saint Louis. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Saint Louis include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 220 rentals available
  • Cabins: 9 rentals available
  • Cottages: 9 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Saint Louis?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 23 vacation rentals with pool available in Saint Louis. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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