Flights to Independence
Missouri’s fourth largest city, Independence, is situated in the west of the state, close to Kansas City, and actually comes under the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The city is the world headquarters of the Community of Christ, and offers history, museums and more.
Any flights to Independence will arrive at the Kansas City International Airport (airport code: MCI), which is around 40 miles away. There may be limited public bus services out to Independence, but taxis and rental cars are your best bet for transit. You can book a flight to Independence with Virgin Atlantic, with stops in London and Chicago. British Midland has the same route for their flights to Independence. British Airways also stops in London, but has a second transfer in Toronto.
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The Tourist Attractions in Independence:
Queen City of the Trails
The city of Independence was founded in 1827 and because it was the start of several trails to the west of the United States it quickly became a popular place. The city’s nickname is Queen City of the Trails in recognition of the fact that three important historical trails start here – the California, Santa Fe and Oregon Trails.
This fact is remembered every year when Independence celebrates these three major frontier trails with the Santa-Cali-Gon Days held over the Labor Day weekend.
National Frontier Trails Museum
To find out more about these trails you should visit the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence. There are maps, artefacts, wagons, a film and more to see here.
Harry S Truman National Historic Site
The 33rd President of the United States, Harry S Truman, lived in Independence for many years of his life and up until his death in 1972. The Wallace House (also known as the Truman Home) was his home and the main floor of this house is open for tours. It is furnished exactly as it was when Truman lived there. Tickets are available on a first come basis and are limited, so arrive early to get yours for that day. Also included in this ticket you can visit the Truman Farm Home in nearby Grandview, 15 (24km) from Independence.
Harry S Truman Presidential Library and Museum
Reputedly the best presidential museum in the country, this museum looks at the life of Truman through films, hands-on exhibits, artefacts and more. Truman, his wife and his daughter are all buried in the museum courtyard, and there’s also a reproduction of the Oval Office.
Community of Christ World Headquarters
The Latter Day Saints Community of Christ movement is headquartered here in Independence and there are several attractions associated with the church to see. The Temple is probably the most striking piece of architecture in Independence and you can take a free tour of the building and the large Auditorium where the church conventions are held.
When Should You Visit?:
For the warmest weather you should visit Independence in the summer, although this is also on average the rainiest time of the year. Rainfall is at its highest between April and September when average high temperatures range between 18C and 31C. October has less rainfall and warm temperatures; an average high of 19C. Winters are cool in Independence – January is the coldest month when the average high is 2C.