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For Visitors

Welcome to Independence, Missouri, the Queen City of the Trails in the heart of our nation. We are the perfect destination for your next daytrip, girls weekend, or family vacation. From pioneer trails to President Harry S. Truman and those who stayed, we are rich in Great American Stories. Your trail for the next chapter in the great American story awaits in Independence, MO.

Image of people walking down the Butterfly trail at George Woens Nature Park during the Winter Solstice Torch-Lit Hike

Where to Stay

If there’s one characteristic the people of Independence share, it’s our warm and welcoming nature. So get ready for us to roll out a red carpet of goodwill for your visit. Whether you’re staying in one of our Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, RV Parks or Campgrounds, we plan to give you a friendly greeting and an authentic dose of small town Americana with big city convenience.

Upcoming Events

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Two youth pictures with ice sculpture.

20th Annual Winter Solstice Torch Lit HIke

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
George Owens Nature Park
City-Wide, Entertainment, Family Activity, Holidays, Outdoor
Image of hockey players playing hockey at Cable Dahmer Arena. Spectators watching in the background.

Mavericks Hockey

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Cable Dahmer Arena
Entertainment, Sporting Event
A close view of the sign of the Roger T. Sermon center.

Toddler Town - Dec. 7

Thursday, December 7, 2023
Roger T. Sermon Community Center
City-Wide, Family Activity
Youth and adults playing chess.

Chess - weekly - Dec 7

Thursday, December 7, 2023
George Owens DeWitt Hall
City-Wide, Classes and Trainings, Entertainment, Family Activity
cartoon image of Santa ice skating near a Christmas tree

Santa Skate 2023

Thursday, December 7, 2023
Cable Dahmer Arena
Family Activity, Holidays, Shopping
A banner that says Joy to The World with Santa on one side and a snowman on the other side used as decoration at The Palmer Center's Christmas Celebration

Senior's Christmas Celebration

Friday, December 8, 2023
Palmer Center
City-Wide, Holidays