Independence is a “gem” of a rural city in the heart of an exploding metropolis. It’s dotted with pretty, little farms, lovely and unique homes, attractive churches, lakes, ponds, rolling hills, wetlands and large wooded areas. Two major Three River Parks can be accessed directly from Independence. The popular Luce Line recreation trail crosses the south side of the city. Loretto, a little city with a number of quaint and excellent restaurants and taverns, is just to the northeast. The city of Delano, with its convenient shopping center, is located on the west boundary. The pretty, quiet, little city of Maple Plain is just to the east. Medina and Orono also lie immediately east and Minnetrista is to the south.