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Columbia Introduction

Often called the “Athens of Missouri,” Columbia is a destination that’s tailor-made for travelers in search of culture and sophistication. Home to 3 universities, this city prides itself on its progressive atmosphere, dedication to the arts, and the vast array of cultural opportunities that it offers to visitors from across the country. It’s also a one-stop shop for anyone in need of some retail therapy, with stores to suit all tastes and budgets, and the sweeping scenery and breathtaking beauty of the Midwest is ideal for those looking for a scenic getaway.

Hotels in Columbia

Hotels in Columbia generally offer competitive rates and great amenities, catering for family vacations, romantic getaways, or weekend breaks. The many discount hotels in the city are a great option for anyone trying to stretch the dollars without sacrificing on quality; the 2-star Rodeway Inn & Suites, for example, boasts an outdoor pool and places you close to downtown. If pampering is what you’re after, look no further than The Broadway Columbia - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, one of the finest luxury hotels in Columbia. Here, you’ll find top-class facilities, like a business center, free airport shuttle, and valet parking—perfect for adding a hint of glamour to your visit.

Where to stay

To really immerse yourself in the nightlife, shopping, and dining available in the city, Downtown Columbia is the only option. There’s something to discover around every corner, and the atmosphere is always electric. Alternatively, Kingdom City is a 25-minute drive to the east, and is well-suited to someone looking for a quieter neighborhood to unwind in and lower prices. Boonville is the best choice for visitors hoping to enjoy the outdoors. Located under 30 minutes from Columbia’s city center and at the heart of the Katy Trail state park, nature enthusiasts couldn’t ask for a better spot from which to set out for adventure.

Things to see

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a parent hoping to enjoy some time in the sun with your family, there’s no better place to start your adventure than Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary, an almost 90-acre park dedicated to preserving local wildlife and ecology. The hours will fly by as you stroll through the fields and prairies—take a picnic and enjoy the chance to sit back and soak in the natural wonders of the Missouri landscape. Keen shoppers will want to check out the Columbia Mall’s 120 stores, where bargains are always available, while a visit to the Columbia Farmers Market lets you try the freshest produce from throughout the region. Take some time to explore the University of Missouri Campus, saving a little time for a trip to the Mizzou Botanic Garden, where dazzling displays of rare flowers create an unforgettable atmosphere for a little romance.

How to get to Columbia

Columbia is served by Columbia Regional Airport, which offers domestic flights to several key cities around the country. Kansas City International Airport and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport operate routes to a greater selection of destinations and are both about 2 hours from Columbia. Airport shuttles will get you to the city in no time at all from the regional airport, while car rental is the best option for anyone looking to explore the surrounding area at their own leisure. Travel in Columbia itself is a breeze, with the comprehensive public-bus network operating routes to destinations throughout the city and its environs.