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ColumbiaUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Columbia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East
Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East
3 out of 5
3100 Interstate 70 Dr. SE, Columbia, MO
The price is $105 per night

Situated in Columbia, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Stephens College and 3 mi (4.9 km) from University of Missouri. Columbia College is 3 mi (4.8 km) ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (404 reviews)

"Great location. close shopping. very clean and comfortable grounds and room. friendly staff, great amenities"…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East
Hampton Inn Columbia
Hampton Inn Columbia
2.5 out of 5
3410 Clark Lane, Columbia, MO
The price is $79 per night

Located in the heart of Columbia, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Columbia College and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Stephens College. University of Missouri and Mizzou ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (530 reviews)

"Very nice! The staff was very friendly and the room was clean! I would definitely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Hampton Inn Columbia
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Columbia
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Columbia
2.5 out of 5
2500 I 70 Dr Sw, Columbia, MO
The price is $47 per night

Situated in Columbia, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Columbia Mall, Shelter Gardens, and Museum of Anthropology. Daniel Boone Regional Library is 3.1 mi ...

3.7/5Good! (991 reviews)

"Very clean rooms! When I checked in in the evening the front desk host was absolutely hostile. I was honestly afraid of getting yelled at so I didn’t ask any questions- which I needed to do since she took no time to explain anything to us. Besides getting our info, she only asked “who let y’all in” ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Columbia

Popular places to visit in Columbia

University of Missouri
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University of Missouri

4.5/5(449 reviews)

Take a tour of the stunning botanical gardens interspersed with the eclectic range of neo-Gothic and redbrick structures in this historic university. 

Missouri State Capitol
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Missouri State Capitol

4/5(85 reviews)

Ascend to the dome for a wonderful vista and browse the range of fascinating public art in this important state building. 

Warm Springs Ranch
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Warm Springs Ranch

5/5(13 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Warm Springs Ranch during your stay in Boonville. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the casinos in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Columbia

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Missouri
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Missouri

$10
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Missouri
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Missouri

$20
Per adult
Jefferson City Scavenger Hunt: Small Town Beauty
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Jefferson City Scavenger Hunt: Small Town Beauty

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Columbia

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3/5 - Okay

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Jun 3, 2020

Basically just passing through on the freeway, so didn’t look around.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 17, 2020

CoMo is my home away from home. With 3 colleges in town, there is always something to do. Friendly people, great dining options, and plenty of entertainment make CoMo a great place for a weekend retreat.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 11, 2020

GREAT CITY

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

I was a student at Mizzou from 1985-1989; the city has really grown and changed! Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, but I thought the town had more charm when I was here "back in the day". It seems overgrown and somewhat of a concrete jungle now.

5/5 - Excellent

K.

Mar 18, 2020

True/False Film Festival, and the city of Columbia, are amazing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Columbia is a wonderful city. I plan on returning to explore more of it in the future.

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