SUNDAY MORNING and the Arch, half enveloped in clouds, could be called the Pillars. We consider riding its trippy, '60s sci-fi elevator capsules, but a large group of Clarkies, as Lewis and Clark zealots are known, have descended to commemorate the expedition's bicentennial, so we motor north along the Mississippi to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, a mile-long overpass once part of Route 66 but now open only to pedestrians and cyclists. So long, St. Louis. You're the perfect city for a quick getaway - unexpected and effortless. Not to mention a cheap date.
here's how we spent our $499-for-a-weekend-in-st.-louis dollars and still managed to have 20 cents left over.
millennium hotel st. louis, (314) 241-9500, www.millenniumhotels.com. rooms from $59.
bb's jazz, blues & soups, (314) 436-5222, www.bbsjazzbluessoups.com. entry $5.
boathouse in forest park, (314) 367-2224, www.boathouseforestpark.com. sandwiches from $7.
broadway oyster bar, (314) 621-8811, www.broadwayoysterbar.com. entry $5.
cabin inn the city and city museum, (314) 231-2489, www.citymuseum.org,
bar no cover, museum $7.50.
n chez léon, (314) 361-1589. three courses $32.
city diner, (314) 772-6100, www.city