This past week I accompanied my husband to St. Louis for his conference. It is one of the most underrated cities I have been to! St. Louis has a ton of French influence and is similar in many ways to New Orleans. There are so many different neighborhoods, we didn't even make it to downtown. I suggest UBERing everywhere, as there are some neighborhoods you do not want to walk through, but everything is about a 10 minutes drive away. For beautiful Victorian architecture, hit Lafayette Square. There you will see the Painted Ladies of St. Louis. Most people know only about the Painted Ladies in San Francisco but I think these are even more beautiful. The West End is a great place to eat, drink and check out the awe inspiring Cathedral Basilica. The Missouri Botanical Gardens are also a must see, as they are always rated number one in the country. There you can visit the historical house of founder Henry Shaw. Check out the Japanese garden and the atrium as well. We really enjoyed every minute of this trip and are even considering moving to St. Louis!