Visit Independence

Start writing your great American story on a trip to Independence, MO. From the glowing bell tower above the Historic Truman Courthouse to the towering spire of the Community of Christ Temple, past the pillars of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum and down the winding trails that led pioneers west—there’s a storied past and vibrant future to discover in Independence.

Influencer Jon Marzette and his partner, Ann, stand outside the Vaile Mansion in Independence, MO
Explore the grounds of the elegant Vaile Mansion, built in 1881.

History you can feel

The roots of our nation’s rich history remain in Independence, just a step outside Kansas City. Tour a genuine Victorian home, the reportedly haunted Vaile Mansion. Relive the struggles and triumphs of the Oregon, Santa Fe and California trails as you ride in a covered wagon tour. Explore more pioneer history at the National Frontier Trails Museum, highlighting trail relics and more than 2,600 first-person accounts. Then, take a journey through your own past at the Midwest Genealogy Center, the nation’s largest public family-history library.

People riding in a mule-drawn wagon on a Pioneer Trails Adventures tour in Independence, MO
Climb aboard a covered wagon for a tour of Independence’s history.

A legacy to discover

Former President Harry S. Truman proudly hailed from Independence and once worked at a drugstore—now an authentic soda fountain—on the Historic Independence Square. Learn how his contributions to our country live on at historic sites along the Truman Historic Walking Trail, including the preserved Harry S. Truman Home and recently renovated Truman Library.

Round out your getaway with eclectic shopping, unique dining and local beer and wine on the Square. For a dose of the great outdoors, experience acres of forested hiking trails and lakes at George Owens Nature Park. Peruse diverse home decor and stroll through galleries in the Englewood Station Arts District.

With so many sights, bites and delights to enjoy, Independence welcomes you to write your own story and create unforgettable memories.

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