Independence MO is 23 minutes east of Kansas City, where we plan on staying two nights. Independence MO was the historic jumping off place for many travelers along the Oregon Trail.
There are two things I'd like to do in Independence.
One of them is The National Frontier Trails Museum.
Its hours are 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday or 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Sunday and its admission rates are $5 for adults and $3 for children. They say most visitors take about one and a half hours to tour the exhibits.
The other thing I think would be cool, are the tour rides given in covered wagons. The Jedi might think it a bit touristy....but its a covered wagon, and I could ride in one :)
The wagon rides run from 9:30 to 4:30, and cost $7 per person for a 15 -20 minute tour (their shortest tour).
Now, when the Jedi and I were planning things out last night, we planned to drive straight through from St Louis to Kansas City, because there are a lot of things in Kansas City that the Jedi wants to do. So, we thought if we left St. Louis at 8pm, we'd arrive in KC around midnight to check into a hotel. We'd crash for the rest of that night, spend the day in KC, spend another night in the same hotel, and then be on the road again the next day.
I wonder if we grabbed a hotel on the east side of KC, the Missouri side, if we couldn't also do Independence MO first thing in the morning of our second day. If we hit the museum when it opened at 9am, we could be wrapped up in Independence by 11:30, and then go back to KC for a bbq lunch and have the rest of the afternoon and evening in Kansas City.
ooooo....check it out, Independence is nearly a suburb of Kansas City. I went searching for hotels on the east side of KC, and they were farther east than hotels in Independence!
I do the dance now.