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Joplin, MO
Travel Guide

At the heart of the Four State Area, this city on the iconic and famous Route 66 offers chic cafés, public art displays and a glimpse of the Ozarks. 

Joplin is an energetic city that thrives on the creativeness of its artists, chefs and designers while also paying homage to celebrated residents. Poet Langston Hughes grew up in Joplin, bandits Bonnie and Clyde chose it as a hideout and botanist George Washington Carver was born in the outskirts. Discover influences from the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Downtown Joplin straddling Route 66 is often called the Sunshine Lamp District, after the lamps that 19th-century miners wore on their helmets. Here cafés, galleries and restaurants have set up in revitalized redbrick buildings. Stroll along the wide pavements, shop in eclectic boutiques and satisfy your hunger on fare such as spicy chicken wings and wood-fired pizza.

Visit Joplin City Hall to see Thomas Hart Benton’s mural Joplin at the Turn of the Century. It portrays the various social groups that frequented Main Street in the late 1800s. Check out the Cruisin’ Into Joplin and The American Ribbon tile murals at Route 66 Mural Park. The free First Thursday ArtWalk offers a fascinating insight into these and other murals decorating Downtown Joplin.

West of downtown is Schifferdecker Park, home to the Joplin Museum Complex. The complex’s two museums, the Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum and Tri-State Mineral Museum, have exhibits about the city’s mining history. Snap a photo outside the Bonnie and Clyde Garage Hideout, where the outlaws hid in 1933. Admire varied architectural styles in the Murphysburg district.

The city’s surrounding countryside gives a snapshot of the natural treasures of the Ozark region. Swim in waterholes at Grand Falls. Follow interpretive walking trails around Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center. Hike amid a beautiful forest at George Washington Carver National Monument.

Fly to Joplin Regional Airport, located 6 miles (10 kilometers) north of the city center. Rent a car while in Joplin and extend your vacation by traveling farther along Route 66.

Holiday Inn Joplin
Holiday Inn Joplin
3 out of 5
3402 Arizona Ave, Joplin, MO
The price is $94 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Situated in Joplin, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Freeman Diabetes Center, Freeman Hospital East, and Mercy Hospital Joplin. Freeman Hospital West is 3.1 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (187 reviews)

"Great option for the Joplin area! Stayed there for a volleyball tournament and had enough room for the team to be at the pool."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Holiday Inn Joplin
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Joplin
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Joplin
2.5 out of 5
3320 S Range Line Rd, Joplin, MO
The price is $79 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in Joplin, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Freeman Diabetes Center, Freeman Hospital East, and North Park Mall. Freeman Hospital West and Mercy ...

3.7/5Good! (979 reviews)

"It was a beautiful clean hotel! It's was very homey definitely will stay again!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Joplin
Best Western The Oasis at Joplin
Best Western The Oasis at Joplin
2.5 out of 5
3508 S Rangeline Road, Joplin, MO
The price is $63 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in Joplin, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Freeman Diabetes Center, Freeman Hospital East, and Mercy Hospital Joplin. North Park Mall and Candy ...

3.7/5Good! (976 reviews)

"The staff was professional and helpful. The room was nice. It is a nice hotel."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Best Western The Oasis at Joplin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Westport Inn
Westport Inn
2.5 out of 5
3817 N Main St., Joplin, MO
The price is $74 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Situated in Joplin, this cottage is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from George A. Spiva Center for the Arts and within 6 mi (10 km) of Candy House Chocolate Factory and North ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (120 reviews)

"Good place. Only issue was the main thoroughfare.... but it should be expected on a major street. Cute cabiins, will use again"…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2020

Westport Inn
The Courtyard Suite 2 Beds 1 Bath Sleeps 4 has a Pool
The Courtyard Suite 2 Beds 1 Bath Sleeps 4 has a Pool
Joplin, MO
The price is $89 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Landmark Hospital of Joplin MO, Fresenius Medical Care at St Johns Regional Med ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Very pleasant

"Perfect spot to spend the night in Joplin. Clean roomy. Highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

The Courtyard Suite 2 Beds 1 Bath Sleeps 4 has a Pool
Steps Away from Historic Rt. 66 and Carthage Square
Steps Away from Historic Rt. 66 and Carthage Square
Carthage, MO
The price is $69 per night from Mar 13 to Mar 14

Situated in Carthage, this apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mercy Hospital Carthage, McCune Brooks Hospital, and Precious Moments Chapel. North Park ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Adorable place

"We stayed here for a wedding and loved this cute, little place. It was spotless and had everything we needed for a cozy stay. We will definitely remember this place if we are ever back in Carthage, MO."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Steps Away from Historic Rt. 66 and Carthage Square
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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