City of Independence

Right outside of Kansas City and right in the heart of our nation’s history, Independence, Missouri, is the perfect destination for your next vacation. Feel the vibe and proximity of the city. Feel the roots of history and the legacy this area holds. Feel the hospitality of a hometown—even if it’s not your own. Sights, sounds, events, eats and shops await visitors of all ages looking for something new while feeling right at home.

A horse-drawn carriage tour near Independence Square in Independence, Missouri

Where the past is at your fingertips

History comes alive in Independence. Pioneers, presidents, civil war battles and more have all left their mark on this town. Relive the struggles and triumph of the Oregon, Santa Fe and California trails as you ride along in your own covered wagon tour. Swing by the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and then top it off with a visit to the soda shop where President Truman once worked. Discover your own legacy at the Midwest Genealogy Center, the nation’s largest public family history library. You never know what adventures you’ll uncover when you discover Independence.

A mother and daughter walk toward a statue of Harry Truman at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri

Where the present is embraced

Embark on modern-day adventures for the whole family at Adventure Oasis Water Park, and explore acres of forested hiking trails and lakes at George Owens Nature Park. Feast at award-winning restaurants, and shop boutiques at the popular Historic Independence Square. Peruse eclectic works of art at Englewood Row Gallery and Art Space, and taste fine wines at Top Hat Winery. Find your Independence, and create your own great American story.

A couple stands in front of a painted sign for Independence Square in Independence, Missouri
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