36 Hours Of Independence

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I spent last weekend exploring Independence, a Missouri city about 3 1/2 hours from St. Louis. It’s a city so rich with history and culture that I had to share about the experience. Follow along to spend 36 hours in Independence with me.

36 Hours of Independence


1. 6:00 p.m. Check in to the Hilton Garden Inn.

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Independence offers accommodations to meet every traveler’s needs, from quaint Bed and Breakfast spots to swanky Airbnb homes. I chose to stay in a hotel.

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2. 8:30 p.m. Get your brew on at 3 Trails Brewing Company.

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Catch a live band, mingle with locals, and find out why this brewing company won national attention for its Westward Wit.


3. 10:00 a.m. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Clinton’s Soda Fountain.

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This shop oozes with history. The building dates back to the 1800s. I hear that a young Harry Truman worked in the building when it was a pharmacy and also a previous soda shop. Today, visitors stop by for the sundaes. Check out the one my husband enjoyed.

4. 11:0o a.m. Steal a photo op at the #LoveTheSquare mural.

5. 11:15 a.m. Dig into the interesting history of the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home Museum.

This museum is the earliest structure still standing on its original site in the Independence Square area.

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6. 12:00 p.m. Grab lunch at the homey El Pico Restaurant.

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Burritos, fajitas, tacos, whatever you have a taste for, El Pico will satisfy your appetite. As a vegan, I was so appreciative of the staff’s awareness of ingredients and options suitable for my specialized diet.

7. 1:30 p.m. Truman Library

Did you know that Harry Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, was from Independence? And, Independence is home to his presidential library.

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8. 3:oo p.m. Soak up the opulence of Vaile Mansion.

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Explore this 13-room mansion built in 1881. You will be blown away by the Victorian architecture. Be sure to note the hours because it closes fairly early at 4 p.m.

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9. 8:00 p.m. Dinner at Ophelia’s

Enjoy the atmosphere and ecclectic menu at Opehelia’s restaurant.

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10. 6:00 a.m. Hit the road again!

Thank you to Visit Independence for having me!

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