Not a week before visiting the Gateway Arch I had climbed up to the Statue of Liberty's crown with my sister and nieces. The two experiences could not have been more different. At the statue the National Park Service lets small groups of people climb up the stairs every 15 minutes or so. Once at the crown you can rest and have the place for yourself for a few minutes. At the top of the Arch you step out of the tram and onto the observation deck of chaos.
To the east the Mississippi was slightly over flood stage. The flooding messed with our plan to walk the trail along the river. That was probably for the best as the weather was really hot and humid while we were there.
To the west is the courthouse where Dred and Harriet Scott filed suit to win their freedom in 1846. It is also where Virginia Minor filed suit in 1872 after the registrar denied her the right to register to vote.