American Optometric Association Headquarters, St. Louis, MO
The headquarters of the American Optometric Association is minutes from the Lambert International Airport, and approximately 20-30 minutes from downtown St. Louis. We are located at 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd. (also called U.S. 61/67), in a suburb of St. Louis known as Creve Coeur. Lindbergh is a divided highway, and AOA headquarters is located on the western (southbound) side of Lindbergh.
The most accessible highway to AOA headquarters is I-64/U.S. 40. In case of traffic problems, consider using alternate east-west roads close to AOA headquarters, including Ladue Road, Olive Blvd., and Clayton Road.
Our phone numbers are (800) 365-2219 or (314) 991-4100.
Normal business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If your visit involves an overnight stay, check out the following travel guide.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Bridgeton, Missouri, (approximately 8 miles, 15 minutes travel time and a $25-30 cab fare to the AOA office). American Airlines occupies most of the gates on concourses B, C, and D. Southwest uses Concourse E in the East Terminal. All other airlines - Air Canada, Air France, American West, Continental, Delta, Lufthansa and Northwest - arrive at and depart from Concourse A.
St. Louis has a light rail system known as MetroLink. But it only runs from the airport to downtown. For all other destinations, a car or taxi is a must.
You can hail a taxi at the airport. In other locations, phone ahead for a cab. The fare is based on distance. Expect to pay about a $1.50 per mile, plus a surcharge for luggage and extra passengers. Cab companies serving the St. Louis County area include:
ABC Cab Company - (314) 423-2300
County Cab Company - (314) 991-5300
Yellow Cab Company - (314) 991-1200
The following major rental car companies have locations at Lambert airport:
Alamo Rent A Car - (800) 327-9633
Avis Rent A Car - (800) 831-2847
Budget Car & Truck Rental - (800) 527-7000
Enterprise Rent-A-Car - (800) 227-7368
Thrifty Car Rental - (800) 847-4389
From Lambert Airport, turn right on Natural Bridge Road. Merge left onto I-70 westbound. Exit I-70 W at US-67/Lindbergh Blvd. (exit 235A-B), heading southbound. Stay on Lindbergh Blvd. approximately 6 miles until you come to the AOA office at 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis has numerous hotels to choose from, several of which are within a couple miles of AOA headquarters. Nearby hotels include:
Hilton Frontenac, Frontenac, MO, ($100 to $120 per night; (314) 993-1100). The Hilton is on S. Lindbergh Blvd., just two miles from the AOA office. You also have easy access to Interstate 40/64 so you can get around town.
Hotels close to Lambert Airport:
- Marriott St. Louis Airport, St. Louis, Missouri ($120 to $130 per night; (314) 423-9700). Recently renovated, the Marriott offers plenty of amenities.
- Sheratons at Westport: Plaza Tower & Lakeside Chalet, St. Louis, Missouri ($125 average, per night; (314) 878-1500). Located 5 miles from AOA headquarters. Free airport shuttle and easy access to Interstate 70 (I-70) and Highway 270.
- Doubletree Hotel St. Louis at Westport, St. Louis, Missouri ($125 average, per night; (314) 434-0100). Located 5 miles from AOA headquarters. Free airport shuttle and easy access to Interstate 70 (I-70) and Highway 270.
Part of St. Louis' charm is its many neighborhoods, each offering its own brand of ethic cuisine. The Hill, located in South St. Louis, is acclaimed for its many Italian restaurants. Historic Soulard is known for French Creole food. Plus, it has plenty of down-home pubs. And the Central West End is a cultural melting pot, with foods for every palate: pasta, seafood, vegetarian are just a few specialties. Clayton, a cosmopolitan inner suburb of St. Louis, also boasts many fine dining establishments, including steakhouses, modern fusion, and ethnic favorites.
Closer to the AOA office you have plenty of choices...both informal and formal dining. A few favorites include:
Grassi's West Italian Deli, an eatery offering casual style eat-in dining as well as carryouts. Sandwiches, salads and pasta are the main fare here. By car, it's one mile or three minutes from the AOA.
Cardwell's at the Plaza, American Nouvelle cuisine served in a formal, elegant dining setting. Duck breast and roasted leg of lamb are the house specialties. To get there, head south on Lindbergh Blvd. to Plaza Frontenac...about two miles from the AOA.