US Highway 20 runs along the south side of town, linking Independence with Dubuque to the east and Waterloo-Cedar Falls to the west. Other routes include Iowa Highway 939, which parallels US 20, and Iowa Highway 150, which runs north-south and links to Interstate 380 about 15 miles south to town, providing access to Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.
42.456964-91.926047Independence Mental Health Institute, 2277 Iowa Ave, ☎ +1 319 334-2583. Tours by appointment only. An old state mental asylum constructed in 1873, built under the Kirkbride Plan. The hospital is still in operation.Free. (updated Apr 2015)
42.46903-91.895137Wapsipinicon Mill, 1st St W along the west bank of the Wapsipinicon River, ☎ +1 319 334-4616. Mid May-mid Sep: Tu-Su noon-4PM. Originally built as a flour mill in 1875, and later used to produce stock feed for farm animals. Operated as a historic museum today.Free. (updated Apr 2015)
42.468366-91.904396Checkered Flag Sports Bar, 903 1st St W, ☎ +1 319 334-4554. M-Th noon-midnight, F noon-2AM, Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 11AM-10PM. Sports bar with pool table and video slots. (updated Apr 2015)
42.468493-91.893541The Sanity Room, 111 1st St E, ☎ +1 319 961-0054. Tu-Th 4PM-10PM, F 3:30PM-11PM, Sa 1PM-11PM. A mental hospital-themed lounge located in the back of an antiques store. (updated Apr 2015)