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Heritage and history shine in Independence, home to Harry S. Truman, America’s 33rd president and one of Kansas City’s most celebrated former residents, plus institutions that detail the region’s iconic pioneering past.

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  • Complete your bucket list in Independence, where you’ll find Harry S. Truman’s presidential library and museum, which details one of the most impactful presidential legacies in modern history.
  • Explore the National Frontier Trails Museum for a look at the history of the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails—the Oregon Trail notably celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2018.
  • Dinner is always on the menu in Independence Square, a revitalized district complete with dining options both old-school and modern. Make a weekend of it by shopping, playing and staying right there in the area.
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