Quite often a child will lead you where you need to be. That was the case in 2013 when our youngest asked to visit St. Louis and the Gateway Arch for her eleventh birthday. She got to see the Arch, visit the Saint Louis Zoo and the Saint Louis Science Center, look at some great architecture and art, and get Mom and Dad out of town for a few days.

We didn’t get to experience all we had hoped to but we did enjoy our brief visit and made plans to return again. The only drawback was the hotel we booked was in the process of refilling its indoor pool and swimming was far from enjoyable — except for a girl celebrating her eleventh birthday with her thirteen-year-old sister.

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