Just 10 miles east of Kansas City, Independence offers a mix of stops to enlighten visitors about the life of Harry St. Truman.

By By the editors of MidwestLiving.com
June 13, 2012
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

Day 1

You could easily spend an entire day at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, where multimedia exhibits reveal the plainspoken man who lived down the street before and after his presidency. The museum celebrates Truman's humble beginnings and his leadership style. It also explores the impact the only man to authorize the dropping of the atomic bomb had on the world. Plan to try lavender-encrusted lamb chops at Ophelia's on the historic town square, and grab a complimentary snack before turning in for the night at the Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast (or try the Hilton Garden Inn near Interstate-70).

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast in Hawthorn's pretty sunroom, head over to the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site. It's different from the museum and offers a lively tour through a humble home that hosted statesmen. For the afternoon, find a new appreciation for pioneer life (and lose yourself in heart-wrenching handwritten letters between a separated pioneer couple) at the National Frontier Trails Museum. A relaxed atmosphere and great microbrews await at the Courthouse Exchange, and the new Independence Events Center hosts hockey games, special events, ice-skating and national touring shows.

Harry S. Truman's boyhood home

For information: (800) 748-7323; visitindependence.com

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