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Independence

History shines in Independence, home to Harry S. Truman, America’s 33rd president and one of Kansas City’s most celebrated former residents. Retrace his steps by spending half a day here if you desire—visit Truman’s presidential library, his pre- and post-presidency home and grab a bite at one of many delicious locavore establishments.

More to Know

  • From ending World War II to the first decade of the Cold War, it’s hard to find a president with a more impactful modern legacy than Harry S. Truman. Explore his life and times, and the decisions he made that shaped our world, all at his presidential library and museum.
  • Harry S. Truman is deeply rooted in the area, in some ways nowhere more prevalently than at his lifetime home in Independence. See his personal and family life firsthand—and discover what helped mold the former haberdasher into the most powerful man in the world.
  • Truman isn’t all there is to see in Independence. Try out the National Frontier Trails Museum for a look at the history of the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails. For the quirkier at heart, there’s Leila’s Hair Museum, the only one of its kind in the world.
  • 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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