Destination guide

A lively college town west of St. Louis

A visit to Columbia will hit all the right notes, quite literally. The city is known for its lively, progressive, and innovative music scene – a lot of which is fed by the guitar-wielding students at the University of Missouri, which is based in this neck of the woods. Located to the west of sprawling St. Louis, Columbia punches above its weight with its hip venues – from independent eateries to taphouses serving global beers – and annual festivals. You can experience the best of it with Columbia vacation rentals, which include large, family homes and compact bungalows located close to the university campus and dining hotspots.

Things to do

Art and culture in Columbia

Fancy a taste of the local creative scene? Make a beeline for the Columbia Art League. Founded way back in 1959, this is one of the city’s proudest cultural bastions, where photography, portraits, and sculptures by nearby artists are showcased. You can browse them and even buy any that particularly appeal. If you’re hungry for more, visit the Museum of Art and Archaeology, which boasts a dazzling array of antiquities, from Ancient Greek pottery to Persian bronzes to medieval icons. There’s also a mind-expanding array of great American art, from painters you might not have heard of.


History and nature in Columbia

Want to put your photography skills to good use near your Columbia vacation rental? Then the Francis Quadrangle is a must. This is the historical core of the University of Missouri, overlooked by the grand dome of Jesse Hall. It’s also where you’ll see the Columns – the last surviving structures from the Academic Hall, which was destroyed in blaze in 1892. The Columns are now among the most photographed landmarks in the whole state. Afterwards, you can enjoy a trek through the Grindstone Nature Area, where the tree branches form a cooling canopy on hot days, and wooded trails will take you far from the bustle of the city. Then, come nightfall, head back into town to take in live rock, indie, and blues in a local bar.


Picking your season in Columbia

If you don’t mind soaring temperatures, then you can visit the city during the height of summer. That said, you might find things a little more comfortable if you can be flexible and visit in early spring or late fall. The weather will be warm, sunny, and altogether pleasant, providing you with the motivation to spend less time in your Columbia vacation rental and more time out in the ravishing natural landscapes which are scattered around this part of Missouri.

Natural features

Exploring caves near Columbia

Columbia is fortunate enough to be nestled close to areas of natural beauty – the most fascinating being Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. It’s not just about hiking and cycling, enjoyable as that is. Here, you can also descend into the atmospheric cave system known as the Devil’s Icebox, with its sinkholes and underground stream. Back on the Earth’s surface, you can head west of the city to Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, where swathes of lush habitat stretch along the mighty Missouri River. Bring those binoculars to spot beavers, birds, and bobcats.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Columbia

Fly into Columbia, MO (COU-Columbia Regional), the closest airport, located 10.9 mi (17.5 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Columbia?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 58 vacation rentals near Columbia. From 22 Houses to 6 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Columbia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Columbia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Columbia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of Missouri: 61 vacation rentals
  • Mizzou Arena: 61 vacation rentals
  • Columbia Mall: 62 vacation rentals
  • Faurot Field: 61 vacation rentals
  • Shelter Gardens: 62 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Columbia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Columbia?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 22 Houses in Columbia. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Columbia include:

  • Cabins: 6 rentals available
  • Cottages: 6 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 13 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Columbia?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5 vacation rentals with pool available in Columbia. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.