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Hi, I am a first time poster! We are renting a 17 foot camping trailer  and driving from Texas to Wisconsin this summer.  My question is what to do when we visit attractions in large cities when we are passing through. For example, we are passing through St. Louis and want to spend a few hours seeing the Gateway Arch and the City Museum. So do they have parking spaces for trailers? What about if we want to visit a restaurant in town? I’m wondering if we should find a Walmart and leave our truck/trailer in the parking lot, then take an Uber to our destination? Or do central city RV parks allow you to park for short periods? 

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Gateway Arch has no onsite parking at all. The guide to parking in St. Louis city center can be found at Get Around St Louis. I don't know of any RV parks in the central city as most are found in the outlying areas in most cities. When we visit cities we just stay in a local campground for a night or two. I can't recall ever seeing a place in an RV park intended for storage of an RV for a few hours but they might be willing to allow it if you call them before you go. You probably could leave your RV in a Walmart lot, but I'm not sure that I'd be comfortable doing so. If I did, I would sure want a high-quality tongue lock on it. 

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There are two RV parks close to the Arch.  St. Louis RV Park which is basically a paved parking lot & it's fenced in and Casino Queen just across the river.

We've lived in St. Louis and would highly recommend that you stay a night or two at Edmund Babler State Park and drive into town for siteseeing. The state park is convenient to the expressway leading to the Arch, Zoo, Museums, Botanical Garden. Leave at 8:30 am to avoid the morning rush and start heading back no later than 3pm or later at 7pm or so. 

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X2 on Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park. We've stayed there several times and hosted there once. Great park! Keep in mind that none of the sites there are FHU. Most have 30A electric. A few have 50A. None have water at the site, but some sites are close enough that you can fill the tank from your site. No, you can't leave the hose connected, but it isn't all that hard to fill and then put the hose away.

Another good park is Lakeside 370 in St. Peters. A little more expensive than Babler, and fewer trees, but easier in and out. ALL sites are FHU.

Either way, make reservations.

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I have stayed in the parking lot CG on the river twice.  It is clean and secure with full hook ups.  If I remember correctly you can see the Arch from the CG.  I also remember seeing fireworks, and it was not the 4th of July.  Hopefully they will be finished with all of the construction around the Arch.

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You can park at the casinos around St. Charles and day trip into St. Louis. 

There is really a lot to see and do around St Louis. Hope you have a chance to do some exploring! 

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On 3/24/2019 at 9:33 PM, Ollie90210 said:

Hi, I am a first time poster! We are renting a 17 foot camping trailer  and driving from Texas to Wisconsin this summer.  My question is what to do when we visit attractions in large cities when we are passing through. 

There are a variety of parks relative to your route, and for us an hour drive is close enough to any city. Trip plan accordingly, stay for as long, and visit the areas & restaurants along the way. Use your campsite as you would a home and go on adventures with your truck. Happy Trails!

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Please do not  leave your RV at Walmart.  Walmart is very welcoming to RVers.  Let us keep it that way and not abuse the welcome.

 

 

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Generally, RVs and cities are not compatible with each other. Find a campground on the outskirts and do a day trip into the city.

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