Morning: Kick off your morning with a step-on guide who will take you through Joplin and share stories about what made Joplin the 4th largest metropolitan area in the state of Missouri. Stops may include Grand Falls, Joplin’s historic City Hall to view the Benton Murals, the Route 66 Mural Park, the Bonnie and Clyde hideout, the tornado memorials at Cunningham Park, or Historic Murphysburg.
Lunch: Cater lunch into the Joplin History & Mineral Museum. During the meal, enjoy a presentation from a local historian and learn more about Joplin’s crazy quilt of history which contributed to its growth as Missouri’s 4th largest metropolitan area. Then take some time to explore the building and learn about Joplin's Spooklight, view the Bonnie and Clyde jewelry, and experience Joplin's origins as a rough-and-tumble mining town.
Afternoon: You can’t visit Joplin without a treat from Candy House Gourmet. Your group will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the factory and have time to shop in the store. Then head east to George Washington Carver National Monument, where you will find a free, hands-on, engaging visitor center that tells the story of Dr. Carver, the "Peanut Man". On your way back to Interstate 44 or Interstate 49 make sure to stop at the World's Largest Small Electrical Appliance Museum, a free treasure hidden in the back of a Western wear store. Don't forget to grab a slice of gourmet cheesecake offered at the convenience store located next door for the ride home.