Trip Ideas: Southwest Missouri Getaway
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.
Morning
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.
501 S. Schifferdecker Ave., Joplin MO 64801, 417-624-3533
Hours: Dawn-dusk
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.
101 N. Rangeline Road, Joplin MO 64801, 417-781-2121
Hours: Northpark Mall: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon- 6 p.m.; Downtown shops' hours vary by business
Evening
Wind down your day at this wonderful four-in-one venue in Carthage. Enjoy a glass of wine paired with White Rose's Irish-inspired cuisine. Then, spend the night in one of the bed and breakfast inn's comfortable rooms. This charming place, built in 1900, offers lovely views of the Carthage countryside.
13001 Journey Road, Carthage MO 64836, 417-359-9253
Hours: Office: 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Afternoon
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.
520 S. Main St., Joplin MO 64801, 417-625-1333
Hours: Mon.- Sat., 11 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
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.
300 North Garrison Ave., Carthage MO 64836, 417-358-4951
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
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.
402 S. Garrision Ave., Carthage MO 64836, 417-359-8181
Hours: Dawn-dusk