Independence is best known as the Queen City of the Trails and the place President Truman called home. Just east of Kansas city, Independence was a jumping off point for the westward Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails. It boasts sixteen heritage attraactions, including the Harry s. Truman Museum & library, Truman Home, Victorian mansions, pioneer and frontier sites, Leila's Hair Museum and Puppetry Arts Institute, plus world famous religious sites. The historic Square offers specialty shops and unique restuarants. Enjoy contemporary shopping as well in the regional Independence Center mall and nearby stores, and the outdoor themed Bass Pro shops. Bonuses are the Midwest Genealogy Center, largest public family history library in the nation, Independence Events Center, home to pro hockey and indoor soccer, walking trails, golf, family water park and nearly 200 restuarants. A wide variety of lodgings include hotels, B & Bs and an RV park. Your personal concierge at the Visitor Experience Center is ready to help make your visit a warm and inviting experience.