Independence

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

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  • Independence, Missouri, has always been a magnet for pioneers, risk-takers, dreamers and doers. Come retrace the exact path of the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails through the swales carved by actual wagon trains. Then hop aboard for a mule-drawn wagon ride.

  • Tour the Historic Independence Square, where it all began. Cast your eyes on the jail that once housed notorious outlaw Frank James. Discover the wonders of the Lewis and Clark expedition, which launched the whole Westward Expansion. This revitalized district is also home to 3 Trails Brewing, the iconic Clinton’s Soda Fountain, the Historic Truman Courthouse and upscale dining spot Ophelia’s. Don’t miss a moment of the action in Independence.

  • Set to reopen in fall 2020, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum details one of the most impactful presidential legacies in modern history. Enjoy a completely renovated experience featuring modern exhibit spaces and state-of-the-art technology.

  • From nationally recognized golf courses and fishing near waterfalls to water parks, tennis courts, and trails and nature reserves, Independence has a wide variety of activities to keep you and your family moving.