Get ready to have a terrific time exploring St. Joseph and the surrounding area in an RV. You can grab a pull-behind RV rental that sleeps up to six people for prices ranging from $115-200 per night. Another option is to reserve a Class A motorhome that sleeps five to 10 comfortably. Class A rental prices average around $185 per night. You can find loads of RVs available for rent by owners in the St. Joseph area, many with 5-star reviews for factors like cleanliness, communication, and convenience.
St. Joseph to St. Louis, Missouri makes for a memorable RV road trip. Pack up your group and head to Kansas City for an early lunch. Stop mid-way to St. Louis in Sweet Springs to stretch your legs, then take another 2.5-hour trek until you hit Columbia. From there, you can check out sights in Florence or keep driving to St. Louis, where you'll find many options for overnight RV stays.
Getting from St. Joseph to Kansas City takes about one hour. From there, you can head west for a trip to Los Angeles. The 1,618-mile trek can be completed in two or three days, depending on how many stops you make. Great sightseeing options include national parks like Rocky Mountain National Park outside of Denver, and Zion National Park in Utah. When day one is over, you should be close to Emery, Utah and Goblin Valley State Park, where you can grab an RV campsite and relax.
If southeast is your preferred direction, head to Tennessee and spend the next 536 miles watching the scenery becoming more and more spectacular as you get closer to Pigeon Forge. You will likely need a break on this nine-hour trip, so make a pit stop at Mineral Mound State Park in Kentucky for a relaxing round of golf.
Missouri was established in 1821, and just 30 years later, St. Joseph made its mark as the home of The Pony Express Headquarters and a passage for gold rush entrepreneurs in 1848. St. Joseph provided land, rail, and water routes to California for anyone heading west. Today, St. Joseph is the eighth largest city in Missouri and home to over 75,000 residents, who continue to honor its rich history.
These are just some of the museums you can visit in St. Joseph:
Pony Express National Museum - Go along for the ride from 1848 to when gold was first found in 1861 to when the Pony Express finally dissolved.
Patee House Museum - This is the original Pony Express HQ landmark and the home where riders rested between their dangerous delivery runs.
James Home Museum - The home where the infamous Jesse James was shot and killed on April 3, 1882, today portrays his life and death and influence on the town.
If history is not your forte, check out the popular downtown shops and entertainment places. The options are plentiful, with 13 shops and eateries, a theater, breweries, coffee houses, and wineries.
Take a stroll through the Remington Nature Center, one of the 48 parks and outdoor facilities in the St. Joseph area. This nature center provides opportunities to walk and enjoy the scenery. You can join a scavenger hunt, take a guided tour, and learn about the wooly-mammoth migration trail there.
Kansas City, MO - Just 50 minutes into the city, you can find everything you'll need while venturing out in your RV rental.
5 Hiking Trails
5 State Parks
3 Rest Areas
2 Truck Stops
10+ RV Parks
5 Nearby Dump Stations
Atchinson, KS - Head 25 miles southwest to this small town with a riverside view. Check out local attractions and fill up the RV as you pass through.
333 Acres of Parks
4 Rest Areas
2 RV Campgrounds
16 Nearby RV Campgrounds
16 Nearby State Parks
4 RV-friendly Gas Stations
The Gateway Arch National Park is just over a four-hour drive from St. Joseph. Its 91 acres include the starting point for the Lewis and Clark expedition. Inside stands the iconic arch and the Old St. Louis Courthouse.
The Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park is new and sits tucked in the cozy town of Ste. Genevieve, MO. It is an excellent stop for a guided tour where you can learn more about the town's development along the Mississippi River.
If you'd like to take a multi-day road trip to a national park, check out Indiana Dunes National Park. It's about 500 miles northeast, near Chicago, so you can also get in some city sightseeing while you're there. Indiana Dunes is another newly designated national park. It's on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Surrounded by countryside, this park has outdoor activities like swimming, boating, hiking, and horseback riding.
Clinton State Park is home to 1,500 acres of land used daily by the local wildlife and seasonally by visitors. Camping options include primitive or utility hook-up sites. Once settled in, you can hike, bike on the trails, swim, fish, or boat in the lake, or practice archery or golf.
Another popular park is Hillsdale State Park. Although you can't camp inside the park, plenty of RV campgrounds are nearby. While visiting, enjoy the two hiking trails or set out for a few hours on the lake for swimming or paddle boating. Picnicking, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding are other things to do there.
The Lewis and Clark Historic Trail brings you to one of the best state parks, the Waubonsie State Park. Enjoy 2,000 acres of rolling hills and prairie lands you can explore all day. This park is truly for the hiker, biker, and rider in you, with an 8-mile trail system and designated wooded and scenic trail options for hikers only.
One of the most breathtaking views in Missouri is the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. Beautifully structured, this landmark stands in honor of the men and women of WWI. You can park your RV at a nearby campsite and walk to various attractions.
After driving approximately 74 miles from St. Joseph, you can see the Fort Osage National Historic Landmark. Even if you aren't a military-history buff, you can appreciate the wonders of what went on here and the story behind it. Stick around Sibley for a lunch or dinner date before heading back to camp.
First Saturdays - If you're in town on the first Saturday of any month, head to historic Downtown St. Joseph for a rotating roster of events in local cafes, pubs, shops, and restaurants.
Sounds of Summer -This event happens every 3rd Friday from May to October. It's a free event with music and food to enjoy at Felix Street Square in St. Joseph.
The Annual Sugarplum Festival - This local tradition starts the holiday season in mid-November with a craft market. You can shop for handmade gifts, vintage goods, and tasty food there.
Swope Park - Check out 1,800 acres of outdoor activities, including hikes, games, an amphitheater, the zoo, and a zipline adventure park.
Hidden Valley Park - Enjoy 4 miles of paved trails along a hidden pathway surrounded by over 190 acres of beautiful land.
Krug Park - Just outside St. Joseph lies 165 acres of fun, including off-road bike trails, a lagoon that gets lit up every winter, and a natural-bowl amphitheater.
RVshare's top picks include the AOK Campground & RV Park, which advertises a playground and volleyball court, and Sharp RV Park, which is close to stores and an RV repair shop. These RV campgrounds both have showers and daily, weekly, and monthly rates.
If you're traveling with children, they might beg you to choose the Ol MacDonald's Farm RV Park or the Pony Express RV Park, which has animals and a petting zoo. If you want to stay long-term and not worry about seasons, check out Weston Bend State Park which is open year-round.
If your campground doesn't have a dump station, you can unload down the road. St. Joseph has you covered at Love's Travel Stop. Dumping fees there are $10 or less.
The next-closest location is 31 miles away at the Basswood Country RV Resort in Platte City. It charges a nominal fee for campers. Jones Travel Mart, with an $8 fee, is just down the road in Cameron.
If you're looking for RV storage near St. Joseph, check out Belt Highway Self Storage. It advertises RV storage for $40 and offers 24-hour video monitoring for security.
AB Storage offers extra long units, inside RV storage, outside parking in a gated area, or covered parking in a secured unit. Prices vary with size. City Storage has RV parking that is outside only, but the gate is secured and on-site management is available 24/7.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in St Joseph, MO, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in St Joseph?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in St Joseph from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in St Joseph?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.