St Louis from the Mississippi River
St. Louis is located at the intersection of the Mississippi River and the Missouri River. Long before the country had airports, highways or trains St. Louis was a crossroads city. Boats from the Missouri or Mississippi heading to the Gulf had to pass here. The city was founded in 1764 by a French trading company led by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau.The city joined the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The city of St. Louis has a current population of about 320,000 but the region boasts 2.5 million residents. St Louis is dog-friendly and is the location of the American Kennel Clubs (AKC) Museum of the Dog.
There are many pet-friendly hotels in St. Louis. The Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel is dog-friendly as is the Sheraton St Louis City Center and the Sheraton Westport Plaza. The Drury Inn chain, which also owns the Pear Tree Hotels, is known for it's pet-friendliness. This predominently midwest and southern chain has a number of locations around St. Louis including one at the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the Pear Tree Inn Union Station. Dogs are also welcome in the Carondelet Building of the Crowne Plaza St. Louis - Clayton Hotel. There are pet-friendly Hilton Hotels in St. Louis also, including one steps from the baseball stadium. If you are staying near the airport then the Renaissance St. Louis Airport is a good choice. There are also pet-friendly hotels near Six Flags and in most suburban areas. If you are bringing a motorhome or travel trailer to St. Louis there is the KOA St. Louis West at Eureka near Six Flags, The Jellystone Park also in Eureka and the Sundermeier RV Park in St. Charles.
There are many attractions in and around St. Louis for you and your dog to do together. As previously mentioned, St. Louis is the home to the AKC Museum of the Dog. Leashed, well-mannered dogs may go to the museum with you. If you would like to view all sorts of planes, trains and automobiles then the Museum of Transportation at 3015 Barrett Station Rd is for you. Your dog may view all of the outdoor exhibits in this museum. You may bring your dog for a walking tour of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site. This 9.65 acre park is dedicated to the President and Civil War General. You can follow the St. Louis Walk of Fame and see bronze stars to famous St. Louis residents. You can also walk the self-guided tour or just browse the Laclede's Landing. For a boat tour showing you what the riverboats of the 1800s were like, you and your leashed dog can board the Gateway Riverboat Tours for a one hour sightseeing tour of the St. Louis portion of the Mississippi River. If you go to Six Flags, there is an air-conditioned kennel on the premises for your dog.
Do not miss taking your dog to Forest Park in St. Louis. This park once hosted the World's Fair. This 1200 acre park is much larger than New York's Central Park and has a number of things for you and your dog to do. The Boathouse in Forest Park rents rowboats and paddleboats. A rowboat would probably suit your dog better and dogs can ride along with you on the rented watercraft. Visit the Boathouse Restaurant in Forest Park. This extremely dog-friendly restaurant offers their signature dishes, soups and stews and live entertainment in their mostly outdoor beer garden. This is one of the most dog-friendly restaurants in the country. Other parks to explore include the Jefferson Barracks Historical Park, Mastodon State Historical Park and the Katy Trail from St. Charles to Clinton. There are a number of fenced off-leash dog parks around the city and suburbs for your dog to run.
There are many dog-friendly patio restaurants scattered throughout the city and region. There are also a number of dog-friendly wineries and vineyards. The wineries are a ways outside of town. Your dog can visit the Three Dog Bakery or the Pets in the City stores for things that may be of more interest to them. The Kirkwood Farmers' Market and Crafts Market, held seasonally from April to September, is dog-friendly. In October it becomes a pumpkin patch and in November and December the Christmas Market is open.
Other nearby places to consider for a dog-friendly trip from St. Louis include Springfield Missouri and the Fantastic Caverns, Hannibal of Mark Twain fame and Springfield Illinois.