Despite losing the Rams, St. Louis is named a destination city

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The body blow St. Louis has taken from the NFL`s Rams decision to let the Rams move west has overshadowed a significant boost St. Louis received this past weekend.

While some St. Louisans have been crying in their beer about the Rams, others got a pleasant surprise while eating their corn flakes as the read the Sunday the New York Times.

That`s because the travel section listed St. Louis as one of the 52 best places in the world to visit in 2016.

The times article says there are two special reasons to visit St. Louis in 2016 and this is one of them, The national blues museum, 90-percent finished and ready to open April 2nd.

The museum is on the first floor of the old Dillards building downtown and the exhibits are fascinating; especially one that lets you pick a blues song and then listen how it was recorded in later years but rock and country artists.

And now thanks to the times article, things here are really starting to rock.

The other reason the times recommend visiting St. Louis in 2016 is to experience the City Arch River Project.

They are still working on the new visitors` entrance to the Arch and the museum that will await them inside, but the new park over the highway is done and already landscaped.

And the riverfront portion will be finished in the spring.

Of the 52 places included in the times article, St. Louis was number 46.

But recently CNN also recommended St. Louis as a travel destination because of the blues museum, putting the city higher on the list than Los Angeles, even though Universal Studios is opening a new Harry Potter section this spring.