Retrace the region’s historic roots—and its exciting new growth—in Independence.


  • Visit the find Harry S. Truman Library and Museum—which details one of the most impactful presidential legacies in modern history—before it temporarily closes in May for major renovations.
  • Track settlers’ trails West at the National Frontier Trails Museum for a look at the history of the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails—and enjoy a live-action Oregon Trail event in April.
  • Past and present, old and new define Independence Square, a revitalized district complete with dining options both retro and modern. Make a weekend of it by shopping, playing and staying right there in the area.