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The Gateway is Now the Destination in your St Louis rental car

10701 Lambert International Drive
St Louis, MO 63145
Phone: (314) 423-3737

The nickname of this unique metropolis might be known as The Gateway to the West, but St. Louis is definitely worth more than simply driving through. After getting off the plane at the St. Louis International Airport, you’ll see why we’ve gathered the attractions below. There’s art, culture, natural beauty, cuisine, shopping and more. The only hard part is deciding where you want to go first.

The Gateway Arch

Just a short drive from the St. Louis International Airport is an obligatory stop for travelers to St. Louis. Located at 11 North 4th Street is the infamous Gateway Arch — a towering 630-foot stainless steel monument that’s simply breathtaking. You can observe the arch from the ground or head to the top for an expansive view of the city and Mississippi River. Either way, the Gateway Arch is a marvelous symbol and feat of architecture. It’s also the perfect backdrop for exploring the surrounding area’s restaurants, shops and parks. Be sure to program this world-famous monument into your Thrifty rental car’s GPS as soon as you arrive in St. Louis.

Pappy's Smokehouse

3106 Olive Street is your destination for barbeque in St. Louis. Their Memphis-style barbeque, which is characterized by being smoked in a pit, is a must-have for tourists and locals alike. When visiting, make sure to arrive early. The line of customers often wraps around the building, and you’ll understand why once you try the pulled pork, ribs and fried corn.

Lone Elk Park

Right in the heart of this famous city is an oasis of nature. Head to Lone Elk Park for a scenic drive in your St. Louis rental car, or go for a hike as you enjoy the peace and quiet. The 546-acre park is home to elk, bison, deer, turkeys and many species of waterfowl.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Transport yourself to a European-style cathedral without leaving the Midwest. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis at 4431 Lindell Boulevard is an architectural treasure that houses an equally beautiful collection of art within. The granite exterior features towers and a dome. Inside, you will find one of the world’s largest mosaics, which stretches 83,000 square feet in thousands of colors. The basement contains a museum where you can learn more about the mosaics. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is also a place to experience the art of music thanks to the organ, which boasts nearly 100 pipes.


When it’s time pick up gifts for loved ones, or treat yourself, plug 2016 Marconi Avenue into your Thrifty rental car’s GPS and head to Herbaria. You’ll find a variety of all-natural, vegan personal care products, and the aroma-filled atmosphere alone is worth the trip. Herbaria makes soaps, bath products, aftershaves, moisturizers, insect repellant and dog shampoo. The also put great care into your shopping experience by offering informational tours, shopping advice and kids’ activities. When you visit, make sure your Thrifty rental car has plenty of trunk space for everything you bring home.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

6726 Chippewa Street is the place to unwind with something sweet. St. Louis tennis champ Ted Drewes Sr. founded this long-running landmark shop in 1930. Four generations later, and this family business is still gaining momentum. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard has been featured by TV hosts such as Bobby Flay. The shop offers dozens of signature flavors and an assortment of ingredients for you to build your own confection.