Southwest Missouri Getaway

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Looking for that perfect fall getaway? Look no further than the Southwest Missouri cities of Joplin and Carthage, where fun is waiting around every corner.


A. Wildcat Glades

Take a walk on the wild side at this extraordinary nature center. Many creatures, including migratory birds and collared lizards, call Wildcat Glades home. Native trees and vibrant plants provide a gorgeous backdrop for your tour.

B. Schifferdecker Golf Course

What better way to enjoy a Missouri morning than on the links? Show off your swing at this Joplin golf course. Located on Historic Route 66, this course offers fun for players of all skill levels.

C. Northpark Mall — Joplin

Ready, set, shop! You find all of your favorite stores - plus great restaurants and a movie theater - at Northpark Mall. In downtown Joplin, browse (and buy) at boutiques, artisan galleries, home-decor shops and more.


A. Hackett Hot Wings

Spice up your afternoon with a trip to Hackett Hot Wings. These wings have racked up plenty of accolades, including a recent award from 417 Magazine. Be sure to try the "Hot & Honey" sauce - it's a perfect blend of spicy and sweet.

B. Whisler’s Drive-Up

This Carthage burger joint is absolutely legendary - thanks to the friendly family that owns the restaurant and to the amazing burgers. Whisler's is no-frills, but who needs frills when the food is so good? Try the "Sow and Cow," a wonderfully crafted bacon cheeseburger.

C. Historic Homes Driving Tour – Carthage

Admire the stately homes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries on a fascinating driving tour. These Victorian homes in Carthage comprise one of the largest historic districts in Missouri. Be sure to bring a camera to capture photos of this memorable outing.