Pioneers and Wagon Trains

$250 Vacation Package for a Family of Four

Come Pack Your Wagon and Journey West! Embark on a road trip journey, immersing yourself in the pioneer life of the 1840s in Independence, MO. Travel back in time to 1849 where gold was on the mind of thousands and the streets of Independence were bustling with wagon trains arriving and departing from the trails west.

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To speak with our personal concierge service at the Visitor Experience Center about this package, please call (816) 325-7890.

Package Includes:

2 Night Stay at a Select
Independence Hotel

Welcome to the Prairie! Check-in Friday night and stake your claim on your Pioneer Gift Bag before you head out to start your fun filled weekend!

Bowling and Dinner

We won’t make you toss buffalo chips as they did in 1849, but you’re sure to have a blast at Diamond Bowl. Dinner and bowling for four will be waiting for you when you arrive.

Welcome Wagon & Historic
Independence Square Walking Tour

The locals love to meet new arrivals from the trail. Make the Visitor Experience Center your first stop on Saturday morning to gather supplies needed to enjoy your Pioneer weekend in Independence. You’ll enjoy a guided tour around the Historic Independence Square and meet the first of many 1849 townspeople.

Head Out on the Wagon Train
from the Historic Square

Enjoy a ride on a mule drawn wagon headed to the National Frontier Trails Museum where you’ll enjoy lunch for four. While on your journey to the Trails Museum, learn how covered wagons performed on the trails, their mechanics and the animals that assisted in travel.

Meet Original Pioneer Trailblazers

After lunch you will enjoy a guided tour of the National Frontier Trails Museum and meet some of the Original Independence Trailblazers.

Experience Life in 1849

Your next stop will take you to the 1827 Log Courthouse where you’ll meet people from the past and hear what life was like in Independence in 1849.

Wagon Train Back to the Square

Your trip back to the square will focus on the Santa Fe Trail, a route of commerce and cultural exchange. The last return trip from the Trails Museum at 3:30 p.m. forms part of a wagon train arrival from Santa Fe schedule for 4 p.m. on the square. You will be greeted with fanfare by people of the past.

Dinner on the Square at the
Historic Courthouse Exchange

Enjoy dinner for four at the Courthouse Exchange located on the Historic Independence Square. Be sure to show your VIP card for a special surprise!

Movie Experience at Pharaoh Theater

After experiencing a full day immersed in 1849 history and culture, enjoy all the comforts of the 21st century digital era by catching a movie at the historic Pharaoh Theater.

Pioneers and Wagon Trains Vacation Package

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