From Joplin, enjoy the journey north (a little less than three hours by bus) to Kansas City and the Arabia Steamboat Museum. Here you learn the incredible story of a steamboat that had been lost for more than 100 years before it was uncovered just north of Kansas City. You will be wowed by the wares taken from the steamer; fine china, clothing, tools, canned food - all in pristine condition and on display.
Next up is the Hallmark Visitors Center. Learn the story of one of the worlds most creative companies, from J.C. Hall's humble beginning in 1910 to what is now the world's largest greeting-card company. The holidays are a special time at Hallmark and the displays will add to your enjoyment of the season.
Take some time to enjoy this three-story, indoor shopping complex with more than 60 shops and restaurants, two hotels, three live theaters, a cinema, fountains, exhibits and winter ice skating. During the Christmas season, be sure to see the Mayor's Christmas Tree; it's generally more than 100 feet tall and well worth a look. You'll dine and overnight in Kansas City, then get a good night's sleep before the final day of your getaway.