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Experience History via Bus Rental in Independence, Missouri

Explore the Life of Harry S. Truman with bus rental in Independence, Missouri.

Independence is Missouri's fourth biggest city, with a population of more than 117,200 people. It is the seat of Jackson County and is also a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri. It is nicknamed the Queen City of the Trails, having been the point of departure for trails leading to Oregon, California and Santa Fe. Harry S. Truman lived and grew up in Independence, and he and his wife, Bess Truman, are buried in the city.

So ride a bus rental in Independence, Missouri and check out the city's many attractions.

A bus rental in Independence, Missouri is just perfect for your trip.

Independence is just minutes away from Kansas City, making it a good destination if you are in Missouri. The city has something for everyone in your group, from history lovers to the outdoors, to religious sites. You would fall in love with the city's many modern features, dining options and shopping experience as well, because of the variety and choice you could find here.

Find out what you can do in this wonderful city with a bus rental in Independence, Missouri.

Entertainment & Amusement Parks

If you are traveling with kids, be sure to take them to Cool Crest Family Fun Center, where you could enjoy playing on an 18-hole mini golf course, ride the go karts, check out the batting cages, or play games at the video arcade. They also have a restaurant and pizzeria if you get hungry. Or you could just have fun at the Adventure Oasis Water Park where the kids will enjoy the Coyote Creek, Halfpint Paradise, the Cactus Climb, the Sidewinder, the Buckaroo Beach, the Scorpion, the Road Runner Pass, and the Rattler.

Arts & Culture

One of the oddest museums in the city is Leila's Hair Museum, where you could find displays that touch on hair wreaths and jewelry, both considered as art in the Victorian era. There are 300 hair wreaths and at least 2,000 pieces of jewelry here. You could also visit the National Frontier Trails Museum, the only museum in the country that has been certified to interpret the Lewis and Clark, Oregon, Santa Fe, Mormon Pioneer and California trails. You will see trail artifacts, diaries and journals written by the pioneers, and just about everything you want to know about these historic trails.

You could also go to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. This is the official library of the former US president and is the best presidential museum according to the Dallas Morning News. The library features a museum store, exhibits and theaters. You can find colorful paintings in the museum done by Thomas Hart Benton, as well as a faithful reproduction of the Oval Office.

Then head on to the Puppetry Arts Institute holds hundreds of marionettes and puppets, among these are puppets owned by puppeteer Hazelle Rollins. The institute has a movie theater and library for visitors to enjoy. The kids can also pain their own puppets. There are also puppet shows that are held monthly here.

Festivals. You should not miss the Independence Heritage Festival that celebrates the many cultures in the city. Or you could check out the Santa-Cali-Gon Days, a festival that is held on Labor Day, as well as the Vaile Strawberry Festival.

Restaurants & Shopping

You should go to Ophelia's for the first meal you have in Independence. The upscale restaurant has a mix of tourists and locals for diners, and the food can be very eclectic. Try their lamb chops that are coated with mushrooms and peppercorns and the seafood crepes.

If you want something familiar, then head out to Square Pizza, which serves the best pizzas here. Square Pizza uses only the freshest ingredients and the sauce is to die for. Or you could eat at Hereford House where you can get huge steaks along with other delicious food.

Rheinland Restaurant is known for close to 25 years of serving great German food, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi gives you the chance to see a chef prepare your food right in front of you, while El Jinete serves the best Mexican food in town. Meanwhile, A Little BBQ Joint serves up the best barbecue here and V's Italiano Ristorante has great authentic Italian food as well.

Dixon's Chili Parlor is the oldest family owned dining establishment in the Kansas City Metro Area, and yes they do have the best chili in the state, and possibly even the entire United States. Even famous locals such as Harry S. Truman has burned their tongues here.

If you are in a hurry, then you can take your bus rental in Independence, Missouri to get some drive through food at Mugs Up or Hi Boy. You could also choose from a dizzying variety of hotdogs at Up Dog.

Pin-UP Pastries is a good place for bookworms because they are located inside the North Independence Branch library, and they offer salads, pastries, soup and chicken chili on their menu. Clinton's Soda Fountain where you could order the butterscotch sundae, or a Buck Stop. Further, you can go to the Courthouse Exchange and get the best burgers and beer as well as other delicious items on the menu.

Other places to try out here include:

  • The Big Biscuit
  • Cafe Verona
  • 54th Street Grill & Bar
  • Pop's Café
  • Salvatore
  • Islamorada Fish Company
  • Palomino's Restaurant
  • Little Richard's Family Restaurant
  • Olympic Grill
  • Wing Lee Chinese Restaurant

Shopping. It is said that you cannot buy love, but you can buy everything else in Independence. The proof is its malls. Independence center has more than a million square foot of retail space and now has more than 120 retailers and other tenants selling to more than 12 million visitors a year. The mall is the second biggest mall in the Kansas City metro area.

For more local flavor, check out the Independence Square where you can buy from local businesses such as Be Here Now, Mockingbird Home Furnishings, Elizabeth Henry, the Emporium, Game Café, Gilbert Whitney & Co, Music Gear, MyArts, Savvy Bridal Boutique, Scandinavia Place, Ugly Glass & Company, and Wild About Harry.

You could also shop at the Englewood Arts District, where you can find a collection of art galleries, dining options and shops.

Other shopping venues you can go to include:

  • Apple Tree Center
  • Bolger Square
  • Carackerneck Plaza
  • Eastland Center
  • Hartman Heritage Center
  • Noland Fashion Square

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

The city has three golf courses that you can go to: Drumm Farm Golf Course, the Rockwood Golf Club, and the Winterstone Golf Course.

The Blue River Community College has the Trailblazer's men and women soccer team, while the Missouri Mavericks and the Missouri comets play their home games at the Independence Events Center. You can also check out other sports teams in the city such as the Blue Valley Activity Center, Pop Warner Little Scholars, and American Legion Baseball.

Historical Sites & Landmarks

Historic home of President Harry S. Truman in Independence, Missouri

Independence is a prime destination for history lovers. This is where history actually happened, making your experience even more alive. The history tours here are varied. You could check out African American history or see how many religions were formed and flourished. You can even tour historic homes and Civil War sites.

Check out the sites that are closely related to the Civil War including the Chicago & Alton Depot, the Jackson County Art Gallery, and the Truman Depot. The 1859 Jail & Marshal's Home is where you can hear the stories about Frank James, William Clark Quantrill and other notable figures from the Civil War. The jail has an old schoolhouse nearby, while the 1827 Log Courthouse is where Harry S. Truman used to hold court. It was also used as a Mormon store.

You can also learn more about Harry S. Truman from two national historic places here. The Harry S. Truman Historic District includes the former president's house when he lived in the state. It also has the Truman Presidential Library. Then you could also visit the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, with three structures that are closely identified with the former president, including the Truman home, the Truman Farm home, as well as other homes where he lived.

As for the historic homes, you should visit the Vaile Mansion, which was built in the 1880s. The building itself is notable for its Second Empire Victorian architecture. Then you have the Bingham-Waggoner House and Estate, which was built with in the 1850s. Home of noted Civil War artist George Bingham, the estate retains many of the original furnishings that you could admire. There is a gift shop here too, as well as the Swales Walking Trail.

Historic old courthouse in Independence, Missouri

Other historic houses you can go to include the Charles Minor House, the Dr. John S. Jr., and Harriet Smart Bryant House, the Jackson County Jail and Marshal's House, the John and Adele Georgen House, the Kritser House, the Lewis Jones House, the Lewis-Webb House, the Mollie and Josephine Hughes House, the Overfelt-Campbell-Johnston House, the Owens-McCoy House, the Smallwood V. Noland House, and the Woodson-Sawyer House. All of these houses are just some of the two dozen sites in the city that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Other places on the register include:

  • Andrew Drumm Institute
  • Blue Mills
  • Jackson County Courthouse
  • Missouri Pacific Depot
  • Mount Washington School
  • Santa Fe Trail-Santa Fe Trail Park, Independence Trail Segments
  • Temple Site
  • Vaile Mansion

Parks & Outdoor Activities

The city has 48 parks and other sites under its care. These parks help you get fit and enjoy the outdoors. For instnace, you can go on the walking and biking trails at Bundschu Park or Waterfall Park.

Or perhaps, you can play a friendly game of basketball at Benton Park, Mill Creek Park, St. Clair Park, Young Park, Palmer Center, Truman Memorial Building, Country Club Park, Sermon Community Center, and Van Hook Park.

Or you can have a great picnic at the shelters available at Dickinson Park, Hill Park, Fairmount Park, Independence Athletics Complex, Roberts Park, Cler-Mont School Park, George Owens Nature Park, and Rotary Park.

If you have kids, you will want to take them to the playgrounds at Beckett Park, Glendale Park, Sycamore Hills Park, Choplin Hood Park, Santa Fe Park, Bund-Jack Park, Cler-Mont School Park, and Randall School Park.

Other parks here include:

  • Blackburn School Park
  • Brady Park
  • Carriage Hills Park
  • Cassell Park
  • Crysler Stadium
  • Curtis Park
  • Davis Park
  • Fairmount Park
  • Firehouse Park
  • High Ridge Park
  • Hink Park
  • Hiram Young Park
  • Japanese Garden
  • Little Blue Park
  • Pitcher Park
  • Polly's Pop Park
  • Woodlawn Park

And Independence also has a Skate Park where you have 10,000 square feet of space that features two bowls, and other features of skating. You can also go to the Water Playground found in McCoy Park.

Other Points of Interest

Independence has several religious sites as well. For instance, the Community of Christ International has their headquarters here, while the Church of Christ is located on the site of the original temple lot that was dedicated by Joseph Smith in the 1830s. You can also follow the Mormon Walking Trail or visit the Mormon Visitors Center. And also, there is the United Nations Peace Plaza and Fountain.

You could also tour the historical churches including:

  • First Christian Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Second Baptist Church
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church
  • Stone Church, Community Of Christ
  • Trinity Episcopal Church

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