Columbia

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Missouri State Capitol which includes an administrative building, a fountain and heritage architecture

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

Wingate by Wyndham - Columbia
Wingate by Wyndham - Columbia
3 out of 5
3101 Wingate Ct, Columbia, MO, 65201
The price is £73 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Columbia. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Wingate by Wyndham - 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 £83 per night from 29 May to 30 May
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 in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,126 reviews)
"The room we had was very spacious."

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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 £128 per night from 3 Jun to 4 Jun
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (956 reviews)
"Rooms were spacious and clean. Lots of areas to gather in small groups. It seemed they could use more help keeping up with some garbage cleanup, etc. but front desk staff were very friendly."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Stoney Creek Hotel Columbia
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
The price is £187 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this apartment in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Columbia Mall and Museum of Art and Archaeology are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Overnight get away
"Wonderful little loft with exceptional location. We were in town to visit grandsons at university. Though tiny loft had everything needed and more for the three of us. The only challenge because we are older was that it is a 4 th floor walk up. However I daughter was with us so that helped with the ..."

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2022

Downtown Luxury Suite
Lakefront Columbia Cabin w/ Views & Porch!
Lakefront Columbia Cabin w/ Views & Porch!
Columbia, MO
Stay at this cabin in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, a porch and an in-room DVD player. Popular attraction Serenity Valley Winery is located nearby. Discover genuine ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Great cabin but not exactly as described
"The registration office was closed I expected to paddle boat watch movies etc but there was no one there. I did not receive the code on time for check in. I was in town to attend a family members surgery and had some family over during the day. It was a truly beautiful place and I enjoyed it very ..."

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2022

Lakefront Columbia Cabin w/ Views & Porch!
Lovely 1-bedroom apartment with free parking on site
Lovely 1-bedroom apartment with free parking on site
Columbia, MO
Stay at this apartment in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and fenced gardens. Popular attractions Columbia Mall and Museum of Anthropology are located ...
Lovely 1-bedroom apartment with free parking on site
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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