Independence, MO

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Harry S. Truman Library and Museum which includes heritage elements and interior views
Follow in the footsteps of American pioneers and a former president when you explore the historic landmarks and museums of this Western Missouri city.

Discover the true essence of America’s Midwest in Independence, the Queen of the Trails. Browse galleries, relax in gorgeous parks, tour national monuments and visit museums. Independence is famous as the childhood home of U.S. president Harry S. Truman. It was also once the last supplies stop for pioneer families traveling west to California, Oregon and Santa Fe in the 1840s.

Start your visit at Historic Independence Square, at the heart of Downtown Independence. Originally the center for judicial proceedings, today it is a colorful district with boutiques, cafés, fashion outlets, ice cream parlors and theaters. Historic Truman Courthouse dominates the square and is the site of the Visitor Experience Center, where you can pick up free information and plan your itinerary. Learn about notorious criminals, such as Confederate soldier Frank James, at the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Museum.

Stroll along the Truman Walking Trail, a 2.7-mile-long (4.3-kilometer) route that passes 43 buildings, plaques and trees related to the life of Harry S. Truman. Among these are the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and Truman Memorial Building. See religious landmarks frequented by Truman and his family, including the First Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church.

A 10-minute walk south of the main square is Bingham-Waggoner Estate, one-time residence of artist George Caleb Bingham, with displays of 19th-century furniture, paintings and wagon swales. The nearby National Frontier Trails Museum offers an insight into life on a wagon trail. North of downtown visit Vaile Mansion, a magnificent Second Empire home open for guided tours.

Enjoy Missouri’s natural beauty at the city’s collection of over 40 parks. Choose between George Owens Nature Park, McCoy Park and Santa Fe Park Picnic Pavilion. Fleming Park is a great location for camping, fishing and water sports.

Independence is a 20-minute drive east of Kansas City. Truman Road connects Historic Independence Square with Downtown Kansas City. Get into the pioneer spirit by exploring the fascinating attractions by mule-drawn wagon tour.

Where to stay in Independence

My Place Hotel - Kansas City East/Independence, MO
My Place Hotel - Kansas City East/Independence, MO
2.5 out of 5
20105 East Valley View Parkway, Independence, MO, 64057
The price is $90 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Independence. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
"Great place to stay. No frills super clean and staff is always friendly and accommodating. I will definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

My Place Hotel - Kansas City East/Independence, MO
Stoney Creek Hotel Kansas City - Independence
Stoney Creek Hotel Kansas City - Independence
3.5 out of 5
18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO, 64055
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $109 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Independence. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,130 reviews)
Fantastic stay!
"We had a wonderful stay! Our room was beautifully appointed with all of the conveniences we needed. Our room and the facility were extremely clean. Staff were friendly, professional, and helpful. We loved the site of the hotel - in a quiet, uncrowded area, with natural beauty, but very close to major ..."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Stoney Creek Hotel Kansas City - Independence
Best Western Independence Kansas City
Best Western Independence Kansas City
2.5 out of 5
18700 E 37th Ter S, Independence, MO, 64057
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $100 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Independence. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (394 reviews)
"Checkin was easy and staff was friendly. Room was clean and bed was comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Best Western Independence Kansas City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof Kansas City - Independence, MO
HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof Kansas City - Independence, MO
2 out of 5
14800 E 42nd St S, Independence, MO, 64055
The price is $65 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Independence. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
2.8/5 (892 reviews)
"We were pleased by the condition of the room, but we did find roaches crawling under the fridge-they didn't bother us. Had to use the elevator when stairs would have been more convenient."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof Kansas City - Independence, MO
KC area 2 private bedroom home!!!
KC area 2 private bedroom home!!!
Independence, MO
The price is $80 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
Stay at this vacation home in Independence. Enjoy onsite parking, a garden, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Ameristar Casino Kansas City and Arrowhead ...
2/5 (14 reviews)
Everything we needed
"This property location suited all our needs. Close to our family and our weekend location of World's of Fun. Owner was nice and responded to all my questions. If the need arises I'll be staying again."

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

KC area 2 private bedroom home!!!
💛1 mi from the stadiums🏈⚾️ 10mi from downtown Wifi, Laundry, Netflix, Cable
💛1 mi from the stadiums🏈⚾️ 10mi from downtown Wifi, Laundry, Netflix, Cable
Independence, MO
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Independence. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Arrowhead Stadium and Ameristar Casino ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (28 reviews)
Cute Place
"Cute comfortable place. We were only there for a short time for a concert at the stadium. We ubered to the concert but walked back. Felt safe the whole time. Special thanks for letting us in early and easy check out! Will stay again!"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

💛1 mi from the stadiums🏈⚾️ 10mi from downtown Wifi, Laundry, Netflix, Cable
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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