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

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Columbia, MO
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Columbia, MO
2.5 out of 5
817 N Keene St, Columbia, MO, 65201
The price is $89 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23
$89
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Columbia. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,129 reviews)
"Hotel was very clean and quiet. Breakfast was very good, hot and cold food options. Staff was friendly."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Columbia, MO
Stoney Creek Hotel Columbia
Stoney Creek Hotel Columbia
2.5 out of 5
2601 S Providence Rd, Columbia, MO, 65203
The price is $92 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$92
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"My family has stayed here before and said how nice it was. So on this trip I wanted to see for myself. They were right. It is like walking into a lodge in the mountains. This time of year is probably even better with all the Christmas decorations. Our room was even more nice. With high ceilings on ..."

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

Stoney Creek Hotel Columbia
Holiday Inn Executive Center-Columbia Mall, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Executive Center-Columbia Mall, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2200 I-70 Drive SW, Columbia, MO, 65203
The price is $89 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
$89
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (750 reviews)
Special Event - Happy Times
"My wife and I were there for an event banquet. The event was well-staffed, and the food was good. The room was comfortable, clean, and quiet. My only wish was, I wish the attached sports bar would have stayed open past 10:00 pm. Several of us wanted to socialize after the banquet and wanted to avoid ..."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Holiday Inn Executive Center-Columbia Mall, an IHG Hotel
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.
Downtown Luxury Suite
Downtown Luxury Suite
Columbia, MO
Stay at this apartment in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Museum of Art and Archaeology and Daniel Boone Regional ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Quick trip
"Nice accomodations in the heart of campus"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Downtown Luxury Suite
Private Apartment 1.5 miles from Downtown
Private Apartment 1.5 miles from Downtown
Columbia, MO
Stay at this apartment in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Museum of Anthropology and Daniel Boone Regional Library ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Nice apartment
"Short stay, worked well!"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Private Apartment 1.5 miles from Downtown
Short term avail! 5 min from MIZZOU,Univ Hospital! Family sized,clean,fenced
Short term avail! 5 min from MIZZOU,Univ Hospital! Family sized,clean,fenced
Columbia, MO
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Museum of Anthropology and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Great stay
"The property was clean and a great place to stay. We could hear the dog at times but it was minimal. We would definitely stay again"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Short term avail! 5 min from MIZZOU,Univ Hospital! Family sized,clean,fenced
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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