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'''Columbia''' [http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/] is a bustling college town halfway between [[St. Louis]] and [[Kansas City (Missouri)|Kansas City]]. It is home of the University of Missouri, Columbia (better known as 'Mizzou') as well as two other post-secondary institutions: Stephens College and Columbia College.
 
 
'''Columbia''' [http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/] is a bustling college town halfway between [[St. Louis]] and [[Kansas City (Missouri)|Kansas City]].  
 
 
 
==Understand==
 
It is home of the University of Missouri, Columbia (better known as 'Mizzou') as well as two other post-secondary institutions: Stephens College and Columbia College. In a recent survey 'Livability' ranked Columbia Missouri #4 of their Top 10 College Towns 2013 [http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-college-towns-2013/columbia/mo]
 
  
 
'''Columbia''' is in the [[Midwest (United States of America)|Midwest]].
 
'''Columbia''' is in the [[Midwest (United States of America)|Midwest]].
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
Columbia Regional Airport (COU) [http://www.flymidmo.com/], is a small regional airport approximately 10 miles south of the city along Hwy 63 which currently offers two daily flights to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago O'Hare (ORD) by way of American Airlines service which began in February 2013. In addition to commercial air traffic, COU accommodates general aviation and charter flights.
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The city has a small airport of its own, Columbia Regional Airport(COU), which currently offers two daily direct flights to/from Atlanta GA Hartzfield. Frontier Airlines provides two weekly direct flights from COU to Orlando International Airport (MCO)with service on an Airbus 319 jet. In February of 2013, American Airlines will begin to provide two daily flights to Dallas-Fort Worth(DWF), and one daily flight to Chicago O'Hare (ORD). In addition to commercial air traffic, Columbia Regional accommodates general aviation and charter flights.
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MO-X [http://www.moexpress.com] (pronounced 'moe-ex') operates an '''airport shuttle service''' that does door-to-door pick-up/drop-off from town to airport (St. Louis and Kansas City airports) & vice versa for about $44 each way, $82 round trip. It takes approximately two hours to reach St. Louis airport (STL) and a little longer for Kansas City airport (MCI). It's rather slow, since it'll stop to pick up multiple passengers and so on.
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
 
*'''Megabus''', [http://us.megabus.com]. Low-cost carrier offers service once-daily service to Columbia from Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City. Fares start at $1 when ordered well in advance. Bues stop at the bus loading area behind Wabash Station, which is located at East Ash Street and North 10th Street.
 
*'''Megabus''', [http://us.megabus.com]. Low-cost carrier offers service once-daily service to Columbia from Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City. Fares start at $1 when ordered well in advance. Bues stop at the bus loading area behind Wabash Station, which is located at East Ash Street and North 10th Street.
*'''Greyhound''', [http://www.greyhound.com]. claims to provide service to Columbia, however, the station moved in December 2013, 5 miles west of the main city limits, to an area known as Midway. Its new address is: 6401 HWY 40 W Columbia, MO 65202. This station is not served by Columbia Transit.
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*'''Greyhound''', [http://www.greyhound.com]. Bus station at 611A Big Bear Blvd.
*'''MO-X''' [http://www.moexpress.com] (pronounced 'moe-ex') operates an airport shuttle service that does door-to-door pick-up/drop-off from town to airport (St. Louis and Kansas City airports) & vice versa for about $50 each way, $94 round trip. It takes approximately two hours to reach St. Louis airport (STL) and a a half hour longer for Kansas City airport (MCI).
 
*'''Shuttle 63''' [http://shuttle63.com/] is a fairly new service that provides shuttle service from various areas of Columbia to Jefferson City, MO. Roundtrips are $12, or $6 way.
 
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
There is a public transit system (bus), but the downtown area is very small, so you can easily get around on foot. The public transit system is meant to get people from the outskirts to downtown rather than around downtown.
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There is a public transit system (bus), but the downtown area is very small, so you can easily get around on foot.
 
 
A new proposal called CoMo Connect [http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/PublicWorks/Transportation/comoc.php] will change the routes imporving access around columbia.
 
  
 
Columbia Transit provides bus, ParaTransit and University shuttle service. The bus schedule and maps are available at [http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/PublicWorks/Transportation]. Grocery stores, shopping and most local attractions can be reached via bus routes.
 
Columbia Transit provides bus, ParaTransit and University shuttle service. The bus schedule and maps are available at [http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/PublicWorks/Transportation]. Grocery stores, shopping and most local attractions can be reached via bus routes.
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'''Rock Bridge Memorial State Park''', [http://www.mostateparks.com/rockbridge.htm], 7 miles south of Columbia, offers outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, caving and so on. '''Devil's icebox''' in the park is a great getaway during the hot summer days. A short walk will take you to the mouth of the cave and the chilled air will cool you off.
 
'''Rock Bridge Memorial State Park''', [http://www.mostateparks.com/rockbridge.htm], 7 miles south of Columbia, offers outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, caving and so on. '''Devil's icebox''' in the park is a great getaway during the hot summer days. A short walk will take you to the mouth of the cave and the chilled air will cool you off.
 
'''Stephens Lake Park''' [http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/Parks/Stephens_Lake/] Located at 2001 E. Broadway (Broadway and Old Highway 63), Park Hours: 6 am - 11 pm.  Swimming area, spray park, Amphitheater, fishing, non-motorized boating, paved loop trail (1.7m / 2.74km), event shelter rental, winter sports, free WiFi.
 
  
 
'''Finger Lakes State Park''', [http://www.mostateparks.com/fingerlakes.htm].  
 
'''Finger Lakes State Park''', [http://www.mostateparks.com/fingerlakes.htm].  
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'''Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site''', [http://www.mostateparks.com/jewellcem.htm].
 
'''Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site''', [http://www.mostateparks.com/jewellcem.htm].
  
'''Capen Park''' [http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/Parks/Capen/] Capen Park is well-visited by the local climbing community which is located near the intersection of College Ave (SR. 763) and Stadium Blvd (SR. 740) for those arriving by car, but may be accessed via Columbia's trails for those who choose to walk, jog, or bike.
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Those interested in Rock Climbing will want to check out '''Capen Park'''. Capen park is well-visited by the local climbing community. Capen Park is located near the intersection of College and Stadium for those arriving by car, but may be accessed via Columbia's trails for those who choose to walk, jog, or bike.
 
 
'''The Blue Note historic theater''' [http://www.thebluenote.com], located on North 9th street in the downtown area. This is a small theater that accommodates around 800 people. This venue always features top new music acts. Regardless what type of music you like, it features acts from country, ska, rock, alternative, indie, metal, comedy, hip hop, blues, etc. Some top acts that have visited the Blue Note include 311, Megadeth, Snoop Dog, Blues Traveler, Public Enemy, Ice T, Red Hot Chili Peppers.  It also showcases local favorites like Gravity Kills and The Urge. Enjoy the dance floor and drinks from the extensive bar. Minors are also welcome, however some shows have a small surcharge.  During the summer months, The Blue Note presents it's '''9th Street Summerfest''' outdoor concert series [https://www.facebook.com/9thStreetSummerfest]
 
 
 
'''Cooper's Landing''' [http://www.cooperslanding.net/], located at 11505 Smith Hatchery Road Columbia, MO 65203.  This stretch of land on the Missouri River is a lovely place to go hiking, walking, or to eat Thai food. Often there is a local musical artist performing.  It's a 10 minute drive from south Columbia and is located on the Katy Trail.
 
  
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'''The Blue Note historic theater''' [http://www.thebluenote.com], located on North 9th street in the downtown area. This is a small theater that accommodates around 800 people. This venue always features top new music acts. Regardless what type of music you like, it features acts from country, ska, rock, alternative, indie, metal, comedy, hip hop, blues, etc. Some top acts that have visited the Blue Note include 311, Megadeth, Snoop Dog, Blues Traveler, Public Enemy, Ice T, Red Hot Chili Peppers.  It also showcases local favorites like Gravity Kills and The Urge. Enjoy the dance floor and drinks from the extensive bar. Minors are also welcome, however some shows have a small surcharge.  During the summer months, The Blue Note presents it's '9th Street Summerfest' outdoor concert series [https://www.facebook.com/9thStreetSummerfest]
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*<do name="Cooper's Landing" alt="" address="11505 Smith Hatchery Road Columbia, MO 65203" directions="" phone="(573) 657-2544" url="http://www.cooperslanding.net/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This stretch of land on the Missouri River is a lovely place to go hiking, walking, or to eat Thai food. It's a 10 minute drive from south Columbia and is located on the Katy Trail.</do>
  
 
===Events & Festivals===  
 
===Events & Festivals===  
'''March'''
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'''February'''
  
*True/False Film Festival [http://truefalse.org/] occurs during the first weekend of March, sometimes the festival begins the last couple of days of February; it is a documentary film festival showcasing local, regional and international films.  
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True/False Film Festival [http://truefalse.org/] occurs during the last weekend of February; it is a documentary film festival showcasing local, regional and international films.  
  
  
 
'''May'''
 
'''May'''
  
*Salute to America [http://www.salute.org/] honors those who have and currently serve in the United States Armed Forces.  This event occurs each Memorial weekend and includes a Living History Program, Airshow, Honored Guest Banquet and Memorial Day Parade through downtown Columbia.
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Salute to America [http://www.salute.org/] honors those who have and currently serve in the United States Armed Forces.  This event occurs each Memorial weekend and includes a Living History Program, Airshow, Honored Guest Banquet and Memorial Day Parade through downtown Columbia.
  
  
 
'''June'''
 
'''June'''
  
*Art in the Park [http://www.artintheparkcolumbia.org/] is a family fun weekend that welcomes in artisans from all over the country to Columbia's Stephens Lake Park.
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Art in the Park [http://www.artintheparkcolumbia.org/] is a family fun weekend that welcomes in artisans from all over the country to Columbia's Stephens Lake Park.
  
  
 
'''July'''
 
'''July'''
  
*Show-Me State Games [http://www.smsg.org/index.php] is the largest Olympic-style state games competition in the nation with over 40 sports offered.  The Show-Me Games are usually held the 3rd and 4th weekends of July.  These games are for all age groups with a mission to promote health, fitness and family fun.
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Show-Me State Games [http://www.smsg.org/index.php] is the largest Olympic-style state games competition in the nation with over 40 sports offered.  The Show-Me Games are usually held the 3rd and 4th weekends of July.  These games are for all age groups with a mission to promote health, fitness and family fun.
  
  
 
'''September'''
 
'''September'''
  
*University of Missouri Football [http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/miss-m-footbl-body.html] brings in fans and alumni from all over the globe for a weekend of celebration and competition. The University of Missouri joined the South Eastern Conference (SEC) in July of 2012 after being in the Big 12 conference for many years.
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University of Missouri Football [http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/miss-m-footbl-body.html] brings in fans and alumni from all over the globe for a weekend of celebration and competition. The University of Missouri joined the South Eastern Conference (SEC) in July of 2012 after being in the Big 12 conference for many years.
  
*Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival [http://rootsnbluesnbbq.com/] began in September 2007 as a 'gift to the city of Columbia' from Boone County National Bank who that year was celebrating it's 150th Anniversary.  This star-studded music festival continues to grow and after the first 6 years of the festival taking place in downtown Columbia, it will now be held in Stephens Lake Park beginning in 2013.
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Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival [http://rootsnbluesnbbq.com/] began in September 2007 as a 'gift to the city of Columbia' from Boone County National Bank who that year was celebrating it's 150th Anniversary.  This star-studded music festival continues to grow and after the first 6 years of the festival taking place in downtown Columbia, it will now be held in Stephens Lake Park beginning in 2013.
  
*Columbia Heritage Festival [http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/Activities_and_Programs/heritage-festival.php] is a wonderful event where visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. See artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades and selling their wares. Enjoy entertainment on two stages including music, dancing and storytelling. Saturday Evening Ghost Stories are sponsored by the Mid-Missouri Organization Storytellers. Tour the Historic Maplewood Home and the Walter’s Boone County Historical Museum and Village.
 
  
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'''October'''
  
'''October'''
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University of Missouri Football [http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/miss-m-footbl-body.html] brings in fans and alumni from all over the globe for a weekend of celebration and competition. The University of Missouri joined the South Eastern Conference (SEC) in July of 2012 after being in the Big 12 conference for many years.
  
*University of Missouri Football [http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/miss-m-footbl-body.html] brings in fans and alumni from all over the globe for a weekend of celebration and competition. The University of Missouri joined the South Eastern Conference (SEC) in July of 2012 after being in the Big 12 conference for many years.
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Citizen Jane Film Festival [http://www.citizenjanefilmfestival.org/] is a independent film festival whereas the films are produced, directed, screen-written or the lead role is a woman.  These films are viewed at Stephens College [http://www.stephens.edu/], the second largest all woman's college in the U.S.
  
  
 
'''November'''
 
'''November'''
  
*Citizen Jane Film Festival [http://www.citizenjanefilmfestival.org/] is a independent film festival whereas the films are produced, directed, screen-written or the lead role is a woman. These films are viewed at Stephens College [http://www.stephens.edu/], the second largest all woman's college in the U.S.
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University of Missouri Football [http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/miss-m-footbl-body.html] brings in fans and alumni from all over the globe for a weekend of celebration and competition. The University of Missouri joined the South Eastern Conference (SEC) in July of 2012 after being in the Big 12 conference for many years.
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*University of Missouri Football [http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/miss-m-footbl-body.html] brings in fans and alumni from all over the globe for a weekend of celebration and competition. The University of Missouri joined the South Eastern Conference (SEC) in July of 2012 after being in the Big 12 conference for many years.
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'''December'''
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First Night® Columbia [http://columbiaevefest.com/] is the annual New Years Eve celebration that takes place at difference venues around downtown.  There are 2 parades- one for children and one for adults, concerts and family fun all around.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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'''Bangkok Gardens'''[http://bangkokgardens.com/], is a local favorite for Thai food.  Located on the corner of Ninth St. and Cherry, is located close to campus.  Atmosphere is refreshing and the cooks let you order your food on a "hotness scale of 1 (low) to 10 (very hot).  It is also known for serving water out of their signature tin cups.   
 
'''Bangkok Gardens'''[http://bangkokgardens.com/], is a local favorite for Thai food.  Located on the corner of Ninth St. and Cherry, is located close to campus.  Atmosphere is refreshing and the cooks let you order your food on a "hotness scale of 1 (low) to 10 (very hot).  It is also known for serving water out of their signature tin cups.   
  
'''Cafe Berlin International''', focuses on organic options. Everything from coffee to salads is offered in organic options along with fresh squeezed juices. The breakfast menu contains tried and true favorites along with a variety of international options. Lunch is served as well.
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'''Cafe Berlin International''', [http://www.myspace.com/cafeberlin] focuses on organic options. Everything from coffee to salads is offered in organic options along with fresh squeezed juices. The breakfast menu contains tried and true favorites along with a variety of international options. Lunch is served as well.
  
 
'''Chim's Thai Kitchen''', located at Cooper's Landing[http://www.cooperslanding.net/] in nearby Easley, Missouri, and another option for Thai food.  The food is served out of a trailer parked by the Missouri River, and there is often a band playing on summer nights which makes for a very fun filled evening.
 
'''Chim's Thai Kitchen''', located at Cooper's Landing[http://www.cooperslanding.net/] in nearby Easley, Missouri, and another option for Thai food.  The food is served out of a trailer parked by the Missouri River, and there is often a band playing on summer nights which makes for a very fun filled evening.
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
Nearly every national hotel chain has a location in Columbia, with more being added seemingly all the time. It is quite common for hotels in Columbia to be booked full on University of Missouri football weekends.
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Nearly every national hotel chain has a location in Columbia, with more being added seemingly all the time. It is quite common for hotels in Columbia to be booked full on University of Missouri football weekends. For those searching for hotel alternatives, Columbia also has a few Bed and Breakfasts
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'''Bed and Breakfast'''
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*<sleep name="University Avenue Bed and Breakfast" alt="" address="1315 University Avenue" directions="One block east of University of Missouri and College Ave (Rt 740)" phone="573-499-1920" url="http://universityavenuebnb.com" checkin="4:00 PM" checkout="11:00 PM" price="$99 - $129" lat="38.94651404935455" long="-92.32059359550476">Located one block from the University campus and walking distance to the downtown shopping/restaurant district and Stephens College. 4 guest rooms each with a private bath; common sitting/lounge areas and complimentary WiFi.  Exceptional hot breakfast each morning. Discounts accepted are AAA, Mizzou Alumni Association and Military.  The University Avenue Bed and Breakfast is Columbia's longest running Bed and Breakfast. Rates:</sleep>
  
 
'''Hotels'''
 
'''Hotels'''

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