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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

Best Western Plus Columbia Inn
Best Western Plus Columbia Inn
2.5 out of 5
2904 Clark Lane, Columbia, MO
The price is CA $86 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

Situated in Columbia, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Landmark Hospital and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from University of Missouri. Missouri Heart Institute and Stephens ...

3.7/5Good! (68 reviews)

"The room was clean and well-supplied with towels and toiletries. The bed was very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2020

Best Western Plus Columbia Inn
Wingate by Wyndham - Columbia
Wingate by Wyndham - Columbia
3 out of 5
3101 Wingate Ct, Columbia, MO
The price is CA $91 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Stephens College and 3.1 mi (5 km) from University of Missouri. Columbia College and Daniel ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,208 reviews)

"The staff was very nice and helpful. We enjoyed our stay"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $91 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2

Situated in Columbia, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Landmark Hospital, Missouri Heart Institute and Boone Hospital Center Med Records. Stephens College ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,023 reviews)

"My reservations was quickly confirmed and I was welcomed. The room was immaculate and very comfortable. Although I was departing before breakfast, urns of coffee were already out and I was able to fill my travel mug for the long drive ahead that day."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Columbia, MO
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Vacation Rentals in Columbia

Staybridge Suites Columbia
Staybridge Suites Columbia
3 out of 5
805 Keene Street, Columbia, MO
The price is CA $108 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Situated in Columbia, this aparthotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Stephens College and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Columbia College. University of Missouri and Daniel Boone ...

4.2/5Very Good! (548 reviews)

"Property was clean and the staff was polite and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 27, 2020

Staybridge Suites Columbia
Cozy 1BR + Loft Columbia Cabin on 27-acre Lake!
Cozy 1BR + Loft Columbia Cabin on 27-acre Lake!
3251 Pine Tree Dr, Columbia, MO

Situated on the waterfront, this cabin is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Mark Twain National Forest and within 12 miles (20 km) of Serenity Valley Winery and Landmark ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great location, super relaxing

"Really enjoyed staying here. The listing is accurate, people are friendly, amenities are available for swimming, playing, grilling, and relaxing. Will definitely come back!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2020

Cozy 1BR + Loft Columbia Cabin on 27-acre Lake!
Suite Near the University of Missouri Fitness Center + Free Daily Breakfast
Suite Near the University of Missouri Fitness Center + Free Daily Breakfast
805 Keene St, Columbia, MO
The price is CA $133 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Situated in Columbia, this condo is within 3 miles (5 km) of Landmark Hospital, Missouri Heart Institute and Boone Hospital Center Med Records. Stephens College ...

Suite Near the University of Missouri Fitness Center + Free Daily Breakfast
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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