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Hawthorn is conveniently located to all that the Independence, Missouri area has to offer and is just minutes away from historical sites, amusement parks, art museums, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, casinos and sports/racing venues.

Consider using Hawthorn as your home base during your Kansas City vacation. We’re close enough to enjoy all of the things to do in Kansas City, and after a day of exploring you can retire to the peace and comfort of our thoughtfully appointed guestrooms. We will be happy to assist you with your daily itinerary, so that you spend your time here doing those things you like best.

Area Attractions:

Independence is well known as the home of President Harry S. Truman. Guests of Hawthorn can tour the historical homes and museums of Independence and Kansas City or experience a wide variety of family fun activities. In just 15 minutes, guests can be at one of the midwest’s largest amusement parks, Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, the Kansas City Zoo or the Truman Sports Complex, home of the KC Royals and KC Chiefs. For the shopping enthusiast, or those just wanting to “people watch”, Country Club Plaza, Crown Center or Union Station are just an equally short drive to Kansas City. A more complete listing of Kansas City and Independence destinations follows.

Local Interest:

Kansas City - Experience Kansas City

Harry S. Truman Museum & Library
City of Independence, Missouri - Department of Tourism Truman Home
Bingham Waggoner Estate Frontier Trails Museum
Vaile Mansion Bass Pro Shop & Outdoor World

Historical and Art Museums:

Harry S. Truman Museum & Library Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio
Truman Home Alexander Majors House
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art World War I Memorial – Kansas City

John Wornall Home & Museum
Steamboat Arabia

Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment:

Crown Center Sprint Center
Power & Light District Country Club Plaza

Westport Plaza


Kauffman Stadium & The Kansas City Royals NASCAR- Kansas Speedway
Arrowhead Stadium & The Kansas City Chiefs Negro League Baseball Museum
Sporting Kansas City


Ameristar Casino & Hotel Argosy
Harrah’s Isle of Capri

Educational Institutions

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas University Medical Center
William Jewell College
Johnson County Community College
Graceland University
Park University


Worlds of Fun The Community of Christ Church Headquarters
Oceans of Fun Latter Day Saints Visitor’s Center
Kansas City Zoo
Midwest Genealogy Center
Lego Land LEGOLAND Discovery Center is made up of a series of interactive features to immerse kids into a world where their imagination can run wild with creative inspiration at every turn. Featuring a whole host of exciting attractions from the LEGO Master Builder Academy to an amazing MINILAND that features the magical world of The Wizard of Oz, the Center not only provides fun for LEGO fans young and old, but fantastic educational benefits too.
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