Visit Independence

Find Your Independence

Your next adventure awaits in Independence, MO

Just a step outside Kansas City sits a place where heartland heritage still beats strong — somewhere that will transport you to a different time with a familiar feel. From the towering spire of the haunted Vaile Mansion, to the glowing bell tower above the Historic Truman Courthouse, over the humble home of former President Harry S. Truman, and down the winding trails that led pioneers west — there’s a storied past and vibrant future to discover in Independence.

Indulge in top-notch cuisine at Independence originals. Taste life-changing Kansas City barbecue. Shop ’til your suitcase bursts at local boutiques and national stores. Retrace our roots on the Historic Independence Square. Enjoy a comfortable stay at a charming bed & breakfast or a hotel with all the amenities to make you feel right at home.

To Eat:

Come for the infamous barbecue prepared to perfection at local favorites like A Little BBQ Joint and Gates Bar-B-Q. Stay for the Independence originals, serving up comfort classics and unexpected flavor combinations to keep you coming back for more.

Indulge in top-notch cuisine at award-winning, locally owned restaurants. Experience unique tastes at vibrant hot spots like Vivilore and longtime icons like Mugs-Up Drive-In

To Sip:

Wash it down with a craft beer from 3 Trails Brewing or Apex Aleworks. Or enjoy a glass of fine Missouri wine from Albonée Vineyards, Mallinson Vineyard, or Top Hat Winery. Looking for something a bit stronger? Evansfield Distillery creates surprising spirits that pack a punch.

Independence has been the starting point for epic adventures for generations. Break free from the ho-hum, start your journey, and find your Independence!

Find more things to do during your visit to Visit Independence.

Local Transit & Amtrak Arrival Times

399 Raytown Flex | Routes | RideKC
EB: 8:59 AM, 4:19 PM
WB: 1:25 PM, 8:15 PM

A front view of the Courthouse in Independence, Missouri
A front view of the Courthouse in Independence, Missouri
A family taking a selfie in front of Truman statue in Independence, Missouri
A boy fishing in a lake in Independence, Missouri
A walkway path leading to a bridge