Looking for things to do in Independence, MO, on your next vacation? Dive into these travel stories—from family road trips and romantic weekend getaways to historic homes and Truman history—and start adding to your itinerary! With plenty of adventures for history buffs, foodies, shoppers, and outdoor enthusiasts, Independence boasts the charm of a small town just a step outside Kansas City.

Read on to find your Independence and discover a story of your own in our historic city.

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Retracing My Roots

There’s a certain feeling inside your bones when you touch something with history. For me, old objects hold a tangible energy of all the...

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Telegrams From Truman

America’s 33rd president, Harry S. Truman, proudly hailed from Independence, MO. His legacy lives on at historic sites along the Truman Historic Walking Trail,...

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Food from A Little BBQ Joint

Savor These Flavors

Whatever you’re hungry for—from quintessential KC-style barbecue to high-end culinary experiences—Independence restaurants will satisfy your craving. Morning, noon, and night, from hole-in-the-wall gems to...

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Boy smiles while eating an ice cream cone in Independence, MO

Time of the Season

No matter when you choose to visit Independence, MO, you can find a host of activities and events to enjoy. We’ve suggested a variety...

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A family walks in front a statue of former President Harry S. Truman in Independence, MO

Hit the Trails

Can you muster some of the pioneering pluck that’s come to define Independence? Our collection of walking tours will have you out on the...

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Date on the Square

Whether it’s a day date, a date night, or a weekend getaway, the Historic Independence Square offers plenty for couples to explore together. Here are the...

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Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence, MO

Steps Through Time

So much has happened in Independence since our town was founded in 1827 that it can be hard to keep our story straight. That’s...

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