Columbia, MO

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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.

Wingate by Wyndham - Columbia
Wingate by Wyndham - Columbia
3 out of 5
3101 Wingate Ct, Columbia, MO
The price is $76 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from University of Missouri and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Stephens College. Columbia College and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,039 reviews)
"Nice breakfast buffet. Quiet Friendly staff"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Wingate by Wyndham - 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 $108 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Situated in Columbia, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Landmark Hospital, University of Missouri, and Columbia College. Missouri Heart Institute and Boone ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (705 reviews)
"Very nice stsy"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East
Stoney Creek Hotel Columbia
Stoney Creek Hotel Columbia
2.5 out of 5
2601 S Providence Rd, Columbia, MO
The price is $79 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mizzou Arena and University of Missouri. Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium and Columbia ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (939 reviews)
"It was a nice clean room. A little noisy next to the stairs and with the room above with kids running around. Overall it was good."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

Stoney Creek Hotel Columbia
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Downtown Luxury Suite
Downtown Luxury Suite
Columbia, MO
The price is $180 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in the heart of Columbia, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stephens College and University of Missouri. Columbia College and Faurot Field ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
It was nice
"Cute and simple"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

Downtown Luxury Suite
Luxury Modern Downtown Columbia Lofts. 2 Beds, 2 Baths
Luxury Modern Downtown Columbia Lofts. 2 Beds, 2 Baths
Columbia, MO
Located in North Central Columbia, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Stephens College and University of Missouri. Columbia College and Faurot ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
Great location and updated
"Place was clean and updated. Location was perfect. Very comfortable with a pull out couch as well. Perfect for two couples and a college kid or two."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Luxury Modern Downtown Columbia Lofts. 2 Beds, 2 Baths
9th St. Beals Loft Downtown Columbia
9th St. Beals Loft Downtown Columbia
Columbia, MO
The price is $375 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated in Columbia, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stephens College and University of Missouri. Columbia College and Faurot Field at Memorial ...
5/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Quick college tour trip
"Great location, clean and a lot of windows!"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

9th St. Beals Loft Downtown Columbia
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