Missouri January 27, 2017
The Most Criminally Overlooked Town In Missouri And Why You Need To Visit
When people talk about the surrounding suburbs of Kansas City, Independence often gets ignored. You’ll hear about the beautiful riverfront park in Parkville, the historic downtown in Weston or the shopping centers in Zona Rosa, but rarely does the neighbor of Lee’s Summit get a mention. However, if you take time to visit and explore Independence, you’ll be blown away by how much it has to offer.
Independence is located just 10 miles east of Kansas City and is known to be the fifth-largest city in Missouri with a population of 117, 240 people.
Historically, the town is best known as the hometown of President Harry S. Truman.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the former president's home. It costs $5.00 for a tour, but children under the age of 15 are free which makes it a great activity for the whole family. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased at the Visitor Center.
219 N Delaware St.
Independence, MO 64050
Aside from its historical significance, Independence also has a bustling downtown area.
The Historical Downtown Square is host to a number of shops and restaurants, as well as a theater and bowling alley.
The best barbecue in town can be found at A Little BBQ Joint.
While you're downtown, check out A Little BBQ Joint for mouthwatering burnt ends, baked beans and cheesy corn.
Independence, MO 64050
For a peaceful retreat, escape to Albonée Country Inn and Vineyards.
Enjoy an overnight stay at this adorable bed and breakfast or just spend the afternoon here enjoying a complimentary wine tasting from their outstanding vineyard selection.
2200 S Crenshaw Rd.
Independence, MO 64057
The Little Blue Trace Trail is the perfect outdoor activity for a sunny day.
The Little Blue Trace Trail follows the course of the Little Blue River for 15 miles and runs through Independence and the Little Blue Trace Nature Reserve. It's a nice break from busy roads and cars and is especially popular among cyclists and joggers, as well as walkers.
And of course, no great town would be complete without a...hair museum?
Leila's is undoubtedly the most unique museum in Missouri due to its subject...hair. Hair art dates back to the 17th century and this particular spot is owned by local cosmetology teacher, Leila Cohoon.
1333 S Noland Rd. Independence, MO 64055
Have you been to Independence before? What was your favorite thing to see or do while there? Share with us in the comments below.