From Columbia, it's roughly 120 miles (193 kilometers) to the east to St. Louis and 120 miles (193 kilometers) to the west to Kansas City.
The University of Missouri and Columbia College are some of the attractions to do and see in Columbia.
The area around Columbia is wonderfully endowed with cultural and natural attractions, from perennial tourist favourites to lesser known nooks and crannies. If you're looking for other places to check out, you'll find Kingdom City, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the west, and Fulton 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the west.
Spend a few hours with fellow sports fans at Faurot Field, cheering on Missouri Tigers. Faurot Field is 1 mile (2 kilometers) to the south of Columbia. On match days the area around the stadium becomes a sea of black and gold, as local college football lovers flock together to support their beloved team.
If the weather makes you want to stay indoors, plan a trip to Central Missouri's history museums.
This area has a number of great places to enjoy canoeing, so ensure you leave time to fit that in. Water skiing is another watersport here.
When planning your trip to Columbia, it's good to remember that the handiest major airport, Columbia Regional Airport, is situated in in Columbia, 11 miles (18 kilometers) to the southeast.