Gaze with awe and admiration at the Gateway Arch, an unmistakable Missouri treasure.
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Great Southern views aren't restricted to the mountains. For a breathtaking vision of Washington, D.C., ride to the top of the Washington Monument. Grand views and unique architecture distinguish the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. If you prefer a ground-level perspective, head for Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. The showstopper, though, can be seen from the 27th floor of Baltimore's World Trade Center, from which you can take in all of the picturesque Inner Harbor.

No matter how you view it―looking up, peering down, on the spot, or from across town―the Gateway Arch says St. Louis. And beauty. And, this month, the promise of good times nearby.

First, grab your camera to capture the simplicity of design, silhouetted against the crisp November sky. A gentle ray of sun ricochets off the massive curve of steel. The $10 ride to the top changes the perspective but not the wonder.

A different vantage point awaits on the Becky Thatcher or the Tom Sawyer, authentic paddle wheelers with good narration and stellar skyline shots. The Holiday Festival of Lights kicks off November 21. The next day, enjoy the spectacle of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Nearby, Laclede's Landing teems with restaurants and clubs any time you visit.

When your day is done, wander back to the Arch, glowing by night, to remind you precisely where you are: St. Louis in late fall.

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"Arching Beauty" is from the November 2007 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.