Trip Ideas: Fall Fun and Adventure in St. Joseph
St. Joseph is a town built on history, with the modern-day attractions that offer visitors the best of the past and the present. Plan to discover an eclectic city of culture, arts and entertainment, paired with beautiful fall views, quaint sight-seeing destinations and cozy bed and breakfast inns. In St. Jo, the past meets the present to create one of the most enjoyable Midwest getaways, for couples and families.
Morning
Houston Wyeth Hill is a westward-facing scenic overlook high on the Missouri River bluffs. It offers a panoramic view of the Missouri River. Pioneers crossed the Missouri River at this point on their way west. In the fall, leaves change to create a beautiful site, making a trip to St. Joseph among the best fall vacation options in Missouri.
500 Elwood St., St. Joseph MO 64501, 816-271-5500
Hours: Dawn-dusk
The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of 18th, 19th and 20th century American art in the Midwest. The museum has works by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Rembrandt Peale, Edward Hopper, and Wayne Theibaud.
2818 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph MO 64506, 816-233-7003
Hours: Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Evening
Authentic Louisiana and Cajun cuisine, specializing in seafood and steaks. Full-service bar. Located downtown, within three blocks of the Missouri Theatre and the Convention Center.
224 N. 4th St., St. Joseph MO 64501, 816-387-9911
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
See a live show at this renovated 1927 vaudeville palace that seats 1,200. It offers a schedule of events, featuring: theatrical productions; concerts; symphony performances; and other activities. The Missouri Theatre makes a trip to St. Joseph a truly cultured Midwest getaway. (Tours of the facility are offered by appointment.)
717 Edmond St., St. Joseph MO 64501, 816-271-4628
Hours: Office: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Afternoon
This eatery specializes in prime rib and custom-cut steaks. All entrees include the salad bar or a spinach salad, and freshly made dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls.
1627 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph MO 64501, 816-364-5151
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
On April 3, 1860, a lone rider, the first of his kind, left Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, marking the start of the Pony Express. From this point, brave riders traveled more than 2,000 miles west to California. Learn their story and do some cool sight-seeing here.
914 Penn St., St. Joseph MO 64503, 800-530-5930
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Inside the Patee House Museum, climb aboard the 1860s train; ride a vintage carousel; stroll the streets of old St. Jo in the 1860s-1880s. The museum houses an 1877 railroad depot; a stagecoach; automobiles; trucks; fire trucks; wagons; buggies and carriages; a horse-drawn hearse; a real gallows; a blacksmith shop; the dressmaker's shop; model railroads; antique furniture and toys; western art. Sight-seeing at its best – indoors.
1202 Penn St., St. Joseph MO 64503, 816-232-8206
Hours: April-October: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Nov.-Mar., Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.