(See also the Clickable Map of the area.)
Joplin is located in southwestern Missouri, just a few miles from the Kansas border. In fact, the area is sometimes referred to as the "four states" region due to its close proximity to the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas as well. The city is named for the Reverend Harris Joplin, founder of one of the local churches, and not for the composer Scott Joplin, as is so commonly assumed.
Joplin has a sizeable downtown area worth exploring. Downtown attractions include the very large neon sign at Wilder's Restaurant.
On the western outskirts of Joplin lies Schifferdecker Park, home to the Joplin Museum Complex—a collection of regional museums—as well as a municipal golf course. The park also contains a granite Will Rogers Highway marker.