The classic "postcard" photo of St. Louis is the skyline, shot most often at night from across the Mississippi River in East St. Louis, IL.
http://www.skylinescenes.com/saint-loui … a84p1.html
If you go to East St. Louis to shoot, be aware that many parts of that city aren't safe. Best and safest areas to shoot are in the vicinity of the casinos on the riverfront in East St. Louis.
The Arch is also visible from the historic Eads Bridge.
The bridge was designed with an arch motif that some say was the inspiration for the Gateway Arch.
The bridge has two levels. The upper level is for car and truck traffic. The lower level is used by MetroLink, a regional commuter train system. In the photo above, the large arches at the bottom are part of the bridge's support structure. The smaller arches above are on the lower (train) level. You can see (and shoot) the Gateway Arch through the arches on the bridge's lower level. (Not that you can get a car on the lower level - but it's possible to include the bridge and the Arch in the same photo.)
Busch Stadium in the downtown area is another location that "says" St. Louis.
Laclede's Landing (not far south of the Eads Bridge) is where Pierre Laclede landed and founded the city, i.e., the oldest part of the city. Parts of the area still have cobblestone streets. Businesses range from quaint shops to bars, restaurants and a casino.
http://www.google.com/search?q=laclede' … 2QWL4IGYDw
Among many other things, Forest Park houses an art museum. Outside the museum is a famous statue of ... Saint Louis (King Louis IX of France), the original symbol of the city of St. Louis.
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=st.+loui … 4&hovw=259
Some other iconic St. Louis locations in no particular order (some pages have slide shows or multiple photos if you scroll down):
- the Fox Theater and Powell Symphony Hall (within a block of each other on Grand Ave.)
http://explorestlouis.com/visit-explore … r/?mid=150
http://www.google.com/search?q=powell+h … 24&bih=600
- the old train station (now an Amtrak station) in suburban Kirkwood
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kirkw … tation.jpg
- an area of Lindell Blvd. (in the Central West End near Forest Park) that has many of the city's oldest and largest mansions
- Union Station (the former train station, now boutiques, restaurants and hotels)
- the main Anheuser-Busch Brewery and, nearby, the company’s multi-block headquarters complex in the Soulard neighborhood in South City
http://blogs-images.forbes.com/davidewa … rewery.jpg
- Grant's Farm (the farm to which former President U.S. Grant retired, now owned by the Busch family) in South City. Much of it is open to the public.
http://www.google.com/search?q=grant's+ … 2AX6m4D4Dg
- Blueberry Hill (a rock concert venue, restaurant and favorite hangout of rock music icon Chuck Berry, who still performs there once a month and has had his birthday parties there for several years – in the Delmar Loop)
- the entire Delmar Loop (where Blueberry Hill, the Pinup Bowl, the Pageant, the Tivoli Theater, the Moonrise and several other iconic and retro St. Louis businesses are – as well as the St. Louis walk of fame)
http://www.moonrisehotel.com/st-louis-h … s-the-loop
- Faust Park and its Butterfly House in Chesterfield in West County
http://www.stlouisco.com/ParksandRecrea … ages/Faust
- the various campuses of St. Louis University and Washington University
Hope this helps.