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Northwest Missouri

Feel the beat in the heart of America

A region rich in history and culture, Northwest Missouri offers the fast-paced life of Kansas City paired with the simpler life in Jamesport, home to a large Amish community. Liberty has a fascinating history, with ties to Mormon leader Joseph Smith and American outlaw Jesse James. Excelsior Springs gained fame for its healing waters in the 1880s.

Rich in history, Independence offers twenty heritage attractions from the Civil War to the 33rd president of the United States. The hometown of Harry Truman, Independence, has the Harry S Truman Library and Museum, Harry S. Truman Courtroom and Office, the Truman Farm and a Truman Walking Trail for visitors to enjoy. Built in 1881, the Vaile Mansion stands as a premiere example of Second Empire Victorian architecture. 

Kansas City, known as the Heart of America, is often referred to as the City of Fountains. Here you’ll find an incredible variety of things to see and do including professional sports, historical attractions, great music venues, world-class museums and Kansas City barbecue. Union Station, the second-largest railroad station in the U.S., features a variety of family friendly entertainment.

The history of the Boone's Lick region dates to the early 1800s, when Daniel and Nathan Boone, sons of frontiersman Daniel Boone, processed salt from what's called the Boone's Lick Spring.

In St. Joseph, tour the stables where the Pony Express began in 1860 and the house where the notorious Jesse James met his end in 1882. The Pony Express National Museum tells the stories of the brave riders that carried saddlebags more than 2,000 miles west to California. A 60-foot diorama depicts the diverse terrain of the route.

Learn about Jesse's early days in Kearney. The Jesse James Home features period d├ęcor and items from the exhumation of Jesse's grave.

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