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Just to the east of Kansas City, Independence is a historic and proudly patriotic city that was the home town of president Harry S. Truman. You'll find many landmarks and monuments dedicated to his presidency, in addition to reminders of the city's important role in the civil war, and history of outfitting the brave pioneers who were heading west. Today it's a lively city that's popular with history buffs, and has plenty to see and do for a family vacation.

Things to see

The red-bricked Independence Event Center can be spotted by the large archway welcoming you in, and here you'll find an impressive arena capable of holding over 5,000 people. From thrilling ice hockey matches to rock concerts, you'll find a varied calendar of events keeping the city entertained. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is an imposing white building with contemporary pillars and large glass panels. Inside you'll find hundreds of documents and artifacts from Truman's personal collection, proudly displayed by the people of his hometown, including a recreation of his oval office, and exhibitions about the people in his government. You can also learn more about the former president at the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site which was the long time home of the Truman family. This pretty but unassuming 19th century home shows the kind of simply life that they enjoyed, and you can take a tour of the rooms where Truman lived and worked.

Hotels in Independence

There are many cozy B&Bs and independently owned inns around the area, with interesting historic features and a warm welcome. Therefore if you're looking for hotels in Independence you'll enjoy a wide choice of 2 to 4 star properties. These hotels offer rooms which are comfortable and individually decorated, with amenities such as complimentary toiletries hair dryers, free WiFi, cable television, and extras such as microwaves and irons to hire on request. Many hotels also offer a complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as having features such as libraries, barbeque grills, laundry facilities, and free parking.

Where to stay

Independence Square is a historic area of the city which has been gentrified and lovingly preserved to create a traditional downtown area. You can hop aboard the Truman Trolley bus to get to Independence Square and other major attractions, and you'll see your stop when you come across the old courthouse and charming paved streets. You'll see boutique stores selling clothing, home wares, and gifts, as well as leisure facilities such as the bowling alley and the vintage soda shop. There are also plenty of places to eat, from casual restaurants with rustic cuisine, to romantic fine dining destinations.

How to get to Independence

Kansas City International Airport is just a 35 minute drive from Independence, or you can take a bus from the airport to the center of Kansas City, then change for direct buses to Independence which takes around 2 hours in total. The airport has regular flights to major cities across the USA, and features car rental desks, taxi ranks, and shuttle services that can be booked in advance. The Independence Amtrak station is on the Missouri River Runner line, and from here you can take direct trains between Kansas City and St. Louis.