Can you feel it? The slightly cooler temps, the additions of all things apple and pumpkin and the color of leaves on the trees starting to turn hues of red, gold and orange. It is Fall. It is probably our favorite time of year.
Fall is an ideal time to make a visit to St. Joseph, Missouri. Located on Interstate 29, about two hours south of Omaha and about 30 minutes north of Kansas City, St. Joe is home to some amazing and unusual museums. Throw in some Fall events, and great Fall color, and you’ll want to start planning your trip now.
One of the things that gets us to a locale during Fall is the beautiful colors on the trees. St. Joseph offers a great opportunity to take in this wonder of nature. Take a walk along the Missouri River after stopping in to the Remington Nature Center.
St. Joseph has some amazing museums.
The Glore Psychiatric Museum is known as one of the most unusual museums of the United States, as it tells the history of the treatment of mental illness used in the United States. It is rumored that the museum may be haunted by souls of people once treated at the original facility.
Pony Express Museum tells the history of the Pony Express, which started its route from St. Joseph.
Patee House is a great museum for the whole family with everything from a carousel to an 1860 train.
Walter Cronkite Memorial is a beautiful tribute to one of the most prolific journalists of our lifetime.
JC Wyatt House is a gourmet meal brought to you in a Victorian mansion.
Try Boudreaux for some cajun flavor.
Grab some Neapolitan pizza at Il Lazzarone that was fired in an oven with a temperature at about 1000 degrees.
Take a walk downtown for great views of murals, architecture and sculptures.
There have been several new murals added to the downtown area over the last couple of years.
Some of the architecture in St. Joseph results from some of the earliest millionaires who lived in the area during the mid-1800s.
Take in some of this year’s downtown sculpture walk. There are 17 sculptures located throughout downtown from national artists.
Haunted St. Joseph
The Voices of the Past Mount Mora Cemetery walking tour takes you into the past to the stories of some of the early residents of St. Joseph. This year’s tours are scheduled for Oct, 20-21. Make sure to check out http://www.mountmora.org/events.asp for more information and to make reservations.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Haunted Harris – Kemper Neighborhood Walking tour we took a couple of years ago. From the designs of some magnificent homes and mansions to the haunting stories that the owners had to tell. This year’s tour and psychic fair is scheduled for October 9. You can call 816-244-7744 for tickets and more information.
PumpkinFest is located on the grounds of the Pony Express Museum. From a Great Pumpkin Mountain and a carnival-type atmosphere, this event is fun for the whole family. This year’s event will be the weekend of October 7-9.
So, if you are looking for Fall color, eats, or a good spooky story, St. Joseph, Missouri, has what you are looking for this season. For more information, check out http://www.stjomo.com/.