9 days in Missouri Itinerary

9 days in Missouri Itinerary

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9 days in Missouri Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Fly:  5​h
1
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Joplin
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Albuquerque

2
nights
Kansas City

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Kids will enjoy Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead and Kansas City Zoo. There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, shop like a local with Country Club Plaza, admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Union Station.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kansas City road trip planning website .

Albuquerque to Kansas City is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque to Kansas City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, expect nights in Kansas City to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are little chillier, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Joplin.

Things to do in Kansas City

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trips

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, Cinder Block Brewery
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Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead ©
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
Union Station ©
Union Station

3
nights
Joplin

Joplin ©
Joplin or is a city in southern Jasper County and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of the U.S. Family-friendly places like Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and Fantastic Caverns will thrill your kids. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel and Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Change things up with these side-trips from Joplin: Talking Rocks Cavern (in Branson West) and Springfield (Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Oovvda Winery, & more). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Bonnie and Clyde's Joplin Garage Apartment Hideout.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Joplin holiday planning app .

Getting from Kansas City to Joplin by car takes about 2.5 hours. June in Joplin sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Joplin

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Springfield, Talking Rocks Cavern, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
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Fantastic Caverns ©
Fantastic Caverns
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel ©
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park ©
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

2
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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Jewel Box, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saint Louis Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at City Museum, get to know the fascinating history of St. Charles Historic District, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pinckney Bend Distillery, and finally learn about winemaking at Stone Hill Winery.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis online vacation maker .

You can drive from Joplin to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pinckney Bend Distillery, St. Charles Historic District, Stone Hill Winery
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Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
City Museum ©
City Museum
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

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