RFT City Guide 2021: St. Louis Outside | City Guide | St. Louis | St. Louis News and Events

St. Louis is a car city in many ways. Public transportation is limited, our communities tend to expand at random, cut off over the years by poorly planned highways and a long history of oddly placed developments. Before home work crossed the country, it sometimes felt like we had to live in our vehicles to survive the weekly commute and grocery deals.

But there is St. Louis outside too. We have world-class parks, public art of the official and not-so-official kind, enterprising concert producers looking to stage more music in the open air, and an ever-growing network of bike paths.

We may be like many other Midwestern cities that rely on cars for boring things, but we’re pretty darn good at finding the fun outside.

In this year’s edition of the Riverfront Times Annual City Guide, we tour a collection of the best places to go after you’ve walked out the door and parked your car. This is the city in the sun and under the stars. It’s St. Louis by foot, wheelchair, bike, and scooter. When you’re not out there, you are missing a lot of what St. Louis has to offer. So this is your push to get started. We have suggestions for adventure and lazy afternoons. And if you get hungry or thirsty along the way, we’ve got RFT food critic Cheryl Baehr’s pick for restaurants near your favorite outdoor attractions.

So when you have enough of these to live for a lifetime consider this as an invitation to the fun parts of St. Louis.

Read the stories:

Best restaurants near St. Louis attractions

Go play (and listen) outside

Go to the hills

Three of the best St. Louis bike trails

Take a fresh look at these St. Louis spots

Search and you will (maybe) find with geocaching and letterboxing

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