The University of Missouri is located in the heart of Columbia and is a two hour drive from either St. Louis or Kansas City along Interstate 70. Local scenery includes rivers, heavily wooded areas and rolling farm country. Columbia proudly claims to be one of the most “clean and green” cities in Missouri. Consistently ranked one of the best places to live by Money Magazine and Successful Retirement, Columbia has also been featured as “A Gem of a Town” by Southern Living.
Columbia offers small-town friendliness with all the benefits of a big city. There are over 200 restaurants and brewpubs, including locally owned Booche’s (featured in USA Today) and Shakespeare’s Pizza, named the top college hangout in the “Best Bites Challenge: College Edition” on ABC’s Good Morning America. The University of Missouri campus borders downtown Columbia (The District) that is a thriving area home to many independent shopping venues, art galleries, public art and parks. It boasts a lively nightlife of music, theatres, comedy, and clubs. Visit the Columbia Visitor’s Guide online for more information on local attractions.
Just minutes from Columbia scenic natural venues abound. In central Columbia, right next to campus, you can get on the beautiful tree-lined MKT trail for a walk that leads to several destinations and local parks. The Forum Nature Area Trail winds through 108 acres including a small demonstration wetland habitat. It reconnects to the MKT Trail near Twin Lakes Recreation Area. Just south of town,Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives visitors the chance to hike through a scenic environment – and peek into Missouri’s underworld. Visitors can see a large cave system with its rock bridge, sinkholes, a spring and underground stream at the Devil's Icebox.
January 4, 2016
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