When you're not at the conference...
One of the oldest cities in the midwest, St. Louis celebrated its 250th birthday in 2014. With neighborhoods old and new, St. Louis City and County have a great deal to offer visitors from every walk of life. Named for King Louis IX of France (who was canonized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1297), St. Louis was founded by Pierre Laclede, and was associated with the French and Spanish colonial empires before being sold to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Just east of the Mississippi River in Illinois you will find the Cahokia Mounds, which are the remnants of a pre-Columbian city (circa 600 - 1400 AD) recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Here are some helpful websites that will help you plan your leisure time in the StL.
Explore St. Louis provides a broad overview of all the sites to see in the metro area, not to mention all the different places to eat. St. Louis is home to a free, world-class zoo (#3 in the country according to TripAdvisor) along with one of the best baseball teams in the world. On your way between the sites, or between conference panels, you should try some of the best barbecue in the country or some artisan tacos that will rival the west coast's. To be sure, these are only some of the many things St. Louis has to offer.
Neighborhoods (ordered by rough proximity to WashU Danforth Campus):
Central West End
Dogtown / Hi-Pointe
Midtown (Grand Ave.)
Suggested Tourist Sites (ranked by TripAdvisor):
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