HuffPost is driving across the country for our Listen to America road trip. We’ll be visiting 25 cities along the way.
We were in St. Louis earlier this week for the first stop on the “Listen to America: A HuffPost Road Trip” route. In addition to eating our respective body weights in barbecue, we talked to dozens of people about what it is they love about St. Louis and what makes the city so rich in culture.
As the bus continues its trek onward, we wanted to share with you a snippet of what our time in St. Louis looked like.
The HuffPost bus can be seen with the Gateway Arch in the background in Illinois on Sept. 11 as "Listen to America: A HuffPost Road Trip" kicks off. The bus will visit more than 20 cities on our tour across the country.
HuffPost and Peak XV Global Events complete preparations for the bus tour.
HuffPost staff in front of a mural at The Grove business district.
A nighttime walk down a St. Louis street.
HuffPost staff play pool at the HandleBar in St. Louis.
Reporter Jenna Amatulli rides a bike sculpture in front of the HandleBar.
Signs for The Grove business district cast a glow on St. Louis streets.
The iconic Gateway Arch.
The pods inside the Gateway Arch empty before another run to the top.
Jolie Doggett sits in a pod headed to the top of the arch.
Tourists look out the windows at the top of the Gateway Arch.
A view of the city from the top of the arch.
The Mississippi River and Illinois can be seen from the top of the arch.
Harry Weber's statue of rock legend Chuck Berry, a St. Louis native, is in Delmar Loop across from Blueberry Hill.
The HuffPost tour bus.
HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen with her wife, Candy Feit, left, and strategy director Hillary Frey talk before the "Listen to America: A HuffPost Road Trip" kickoff event.
HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen speaks to the crowd at the St. Louis stop.
Rev. Starsky Wilson speaks with artist Robert Powell.
The HuffPost tour bus stops at Kiener Plaza Park near the Gateway Arch.
HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen is interviewed.
Artist and educator Robert Powell, left, talks with Chris King, editorial director of the St. Louis American.
Dr. Donald Suggs, owner of the St. Louis American, speaks at the kickoff event.
The tour bus.
Producer Will Tooke prepares to conduct an interview on the bus with David Wraith of Sex Positive St. Louis.
The HuffPost bus at The Loop.
Reporter Jenna Amatulli uses the microphone to speak to passersby.
Hip-hop artist Quizzy James and Lena Anderson check out a post card.
Reporter Jenna Amatulli, left and "Noskov at Night" radio host Vladimir Noskov listen to Jeremiah Long.
The HuffPost Tour bus outside The Royale restaurant and bar in South City St. Louis.
At The Royale before the "Three Years After Ferguson: Seeking Solutions in St. Louis" event.
St. Louis American Editorial Director Chris King speaks to police Sgt. Kevin Ahlbrand, left, lawyer Blake Strode, organizer and activist Kayla Reed, Alderwoman Megan E. Green and Rev. Starsky Wilson.
The audience at the "Three Years After Ferguson: Seeking Solutions in St. Louis" event.
St. Louis organizer and activist Kayla Reed talks about the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Lawyer Blake Strode on the panel about Ferguson's after-effects.
Rev. Starsky D. Wilson is president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation and former leader of the Ferguson Commission.
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