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In north-central Missouri, halfway between the big cities of Saint Louis and Kansas City, Columbia sprawls serenely at the northern edge of the Ozark Mountains. This progressive, Midwestern college town is definitely worth a visit and there are plenty of reasons why. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation filled with friendly people and unique entertainment, Columbia might just be the destination you are looking for.

Parents of college-bound students will find three amazing colleges to explore: Stephens College, the University of Missouri, affectionately known as MIZZOU, and Columbia College. All three are located around Downtown, creating a space that is bright and eclectic, artistic and upbeat. But of course, there is much more to see for any kind of visitor to this Missouri city.

Where to stay in Columbia, Missouri

Art lovers should head for the North Village Art District to kick off their adventure. Afterwards, the Artlandish Gallery invites more exploration. Here, you can enjoy amazing work created by local artists and roam the catacombs while you are there. Afterwards, grab organic produce at the Root Cellar for a picnic in one of the many local parks before heading to the Mud Room to take a pottery class. Looking for live entertainment? You will find theaters downtown with regular performances of all varieties. The Blue Note is a great place to catch live music performances and, if you feel like dancing, The Industry is a lot of fun.

Nature lovers will find much to enjoy in Columbia. There are wonderful walking trails to take a stroll in all over town, including access to the MKT Trail, which connects Columbia to the statewide Katy Trail. Do not forget to visit Rock Bridge State Park, where you will find yourself surrounded by beauty as you explore caves like the Devil's Icebox. If you prefer to walk in a more park-like setting, Shelter Gardens is beautiful, friendly, and serene.

3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Columbia, Missouri

Visitors to Columbia who are looking for a comfortable place to relax will find 17 3 star hotels to choose from. Most of these hotels offer a swimming pool and free WiFi. On top of that, a selection of these hotels treat you to complimentary breakfast. Rooms are large, nicely decorated, and offer you a great place to relax and unwind.

Travelers looking for something a little more luxurious will find four lovely 4 star hotels conveniently located downtown and within close proximity of all the downtown happenings, offering such amenities such as three on-site restaurants, room service, and a 24-hour fitness center.

Hotels near Columbia Regional Airport

The Columbia Regional Airport is located approximately 10 miles from the central business district of Columbia, and it is the only commercial airport in the region. Served by two airlines, flights are available to major hubs like Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Denver. The closest hotel accommodations to the Columbia Regional Airport are approximately seven miles away.

Visitors to Columbia can also take advantage of Mo-X Shuttles to the larger airports of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Kansas City International Airport.