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Columbia, MO
Travel Guide

Missouri State Capitol featuring a fountain, heritage architecture and an administrative buidling

Encounter sinkholes and caves in the city’s outskirts and see the majestic buildings of the magnificent Red Campus in the historic university.

Columbia is a lively town known for its university. It is considered one of the main college towns in the U.S. and has plenty of cultural events and activities year-round. Explore the two complementary parts of the diverse campus and head into the countryside for scenic state parks.

The main attraction in Columbia is the University of Missouri, an impressive campus divided into two parts. Admire the historic brick structures that adorn the Red Campus, whose core is marked by the six columns of the Francis Quadrangle. Gaze up at the tall dome of the imposing 19th-century Jesse Hall.

The other half of the college is the White Campus, which contains a range of neo-Gothic buildings, including the Memorial Union. Wander through the pleasant park areas of the university; this campus doubles as a botanical garden.

Enter the old schoolroom in the Shelter Gardens, where a stream flows beside eclectic floral displays. Use your senses of smell and touch in its sensory garden. Get around the downtown area by bus and take photos of the intriguing design of the Daniel Boone Regional Library. Attend one of Columbia’s many events, such as the True/False Film Festival in March and the Columbia Heritage Festival in September.

Anticipate fairly wet and hot summers, when lightning storms provide exciting shows in the sky. Snow covers the charming university campus in winter. For a change of scenery, explore the pockmarked terrain of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in the city’s southern outskirts. Delve into the Devil’s Icebox, a vast cave network through which a constant gush of cool air flows.

The city is in the center of Missouri, just north of the state capital, Jefferson City. It is between the very large cities of St. Louis and Kansas City. Fly into the Columbia Regional Airport. Drive north for 13 miles (21 kilometers) to get here in about 20 minutes.

Columbia is a college town with fun events and picturesque parks.

Where to stay in Columbia

Best Western Plus Columbia Inn
Best Western Plus Columbia Inn
2.5 out of 5
2904 Clark Lane, Columbia, MO
The price is ¥7,685 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated in Columbia, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Landmark Hospital and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from University of Missouri. Missouri Heart Institute and Stephens ...
4.1/5Very Good! (220 reviews)
"Great staff and very comfortable beds."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Best Western Plus Columbia Inn
Stoney Creek Hotel Columbia
Stoney Creek Hotel Columbia
2.5 out of 5
2601 S Providence Rd, Columbia, MO
The price is ¥8,712 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Faurot Field and Mizzou Arena. University of Missouri is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.
4.4/5Wonderful! (949 reviews)
"Loved our "cabin", great accomodations if have family together."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Stoney Creek Hotel Columbia
Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East
Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East
3 out of 5
3100 Interstate 70 Dr. SE, Columbia, MO
The price is ¥11,909 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated in Columbia, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Landmark Hospital and 3 mi (4.9 km) from University of Missouri. Missouri Heart Institute and Boone Hospital ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (562 reviews)
"This is a nice property at a good price. The room was clean and updated. The parking is really easy and free. Good business hotel."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Black Walnut Hill - Next to Isle of Capri Casino and River!
Black Walnut Hill - Next to Isle of Capri Casino and River!
Boonville, MO
The price is ¥10,697 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
This family-friendly Boonville vacation home is located on a river, within a 5-minute walk of Boonville Visitors Center and River, Rails & Trails Museum and ...
1/5 (1 review)
Terrible first experience
"We heard from the owner an hour before check in indicating the bed had been broken and they were trying to fix it. It was no problem at the time as we were still a little ways from there anyways. While communicating with the owner she gave me an address to arrive. I did not double check it against ..."

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

Black Walnut Hill - Next to Isle of Capri Casino and River!
''valencia Retreat''
''valencia Retreat''
Columbia, MO
Situated in Columbia, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mizzou Arena, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, and Faurot Field. Museum of Art and Archaeology ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great location, Good stay
"The location of this Vrbo rental was great for our needs. Our dog had heart surgery at the University of Missouri. We were 10 minutes away from the college. The cleanness of the house was great. It was equipped with all the essentials that you might forget. There were two downsides during our stay: ..."

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

''valencia Retreat''
The Old Rock House!!
The Old Rock House!!
Holts Summit, MO
Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mark Twain National Forest, Turkey Creek Golf Center, and Missouri State Capitol. ...
5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Gem of a place!
"Rural setting, but grocery store, gas stations, cafes all not too far away. The house was clean and comfortable, the hosts were quite helpful, and we had an amazing time. Will definitely stay here again should we be in the area."

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

The Old Rock House!!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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