Destination guide

The friendly city of Columbia awaits you

Experience the unique character of Columbia with a stay in a vacation home rental. This welcoming city allures visitors with its restaurants and shopping. Busch Stadium and Gateway Arch are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in and around Columbia

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Columbia a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Grants Farm (9.5 mi / 15.3 km)
  • St. Louis Zoo (13 mi / 20.8 km)
  • Triple Lakes Golf Course (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Eckert’s Millstadt Farm (6 mi / 9.7 km)
  • World Aquarium (12 mi / 19.4 km)
  • St. Louis Children's Aquarium (12.1 mi / 19.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Columbia

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to take in the scenery, Columbia is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Missouri Botanical Gardens and Arboretum (10.9 mi / 17.6 km)
  • Sylvan Springs County Park (5.2 mi / 8.3 km)
  • Jefferson Barracks Historic Park (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Sister Marie Charles Park (7.1 mi / 11.5 km)
  • Bellerive Park (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
  • Willmore Park (8.9 mi / 14.4 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Columbia

Fly into St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.), the closest airport, located 21.2 mi (34.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into St. Louis, MO (SUS-Spirit of St. Louis), which is 27.1 mi (43.7 km) away.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Columbia?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Columbia:

  • Soulard: 47 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 233 vacation rentals
  • Central West End: 54 vacation rentals
  • Downtown West: 52 vacation rentals
  • Benton Park: 54 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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:

  • Barnes Jewish Hospital: 406 vacation rentals
  • Washington University: 406 vacation rentals
  • Busch Stadium: 392 vacation rentals
  • America's Center Convention Complex: 401 vacation rentals
  • St. Louis Zoo: 407 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 96 Houses in Columbia. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Columbia include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 104 rentals available
  • Cabins: 3 rentals available
  • Cottages: 3 rentals available

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

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