Morning: Head up the road to Carthage, MO, to visit the Jasper County Courthouse and the Battle of Carthage Civil War Museum. Grab a map and stroll the Carthage historic homes tour (participants will walk 3-5 blocks) or take the driving tour. Make sure to leave time to browse the unique shopping around the Carthage Square.Lunch: Groups can choose to dine on the Square, at the Historic Phelps House, or at Red Oak II, where visitors can stroll through yesteryear along the gravel path to view the re-creation of an early 20th-century country village featuring a general store, country church, one-room schoolhouse, town hall, a 1920’s cottage-style Phillips 66 gasoline station, Belle Starr’s home, and much more.
Afternoon: with a step-on guide who will take you to Joplin and share stories about what made Joplin the 4th largest metropolitan area in the state of Missouri. Stops may include gourmet ice cream at Supertam on 66 (the nation’s largest privately owned Superman collection), Grand Falls, Joplin’s historic City Hall, the Route 66 Mural Park, the Bonnie and Clyde apartment, Candy House Gourmet, the tornado memorials at Cunningham Park, or Historic Murphysburg.
Evening: Allow individuals to dine at one of the eight unique restaurants and explore the wonderful local shops of Downtown Joplin on original Route 66.
Local hint: Plan your group’s visit during a First Thursday Art Walk or Third Thursday Community Cultural Event, which takes place in Downtown Joplin between March and October.