The St Louis Cardinals play their home games at Busch Stadium from early April through late September. Ticket prices start at US$7. An entry ticket to the Missouri Botanical Garden costs $12. Strolls along its trails and the numerous gardens can fill a day. The Climatron greenhouse showcases 1,400 tropical plant species, including beetle leaves and double coconut. One of its gardens follows the landscaping patterns of Japan with soft-flowing waterfalls and fountains, bridges over calm streams and droopy willows.
What are the top employers in the city?
The biotech multinational Monsanto is among the leading workplaces in the city, employing more than 5,000 people. Also important on the St Louis jobs scene are Barnes-Jewish Hospital, finance's Allianz Group, the upmarket department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue, the information technology provider Tech Mahindra, the eye health company Bausch & Lomb, and locally based Drury Hotels.
And what is the top university in the city?
Washington University is a private research university founded in 1853, known for its medical programme. One of its medical centres contributed almost a quarter of the finished genome sequence as part of the Human Genome Project. All physicians at the St Louis Children's Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital teach at the university's medical school.
* Sananda Sahoo