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Your Guide to Columbia, MO

On your next trip to Missouri, take some time to drive through Columbia. This charming city, sandwiched between St. Louis and Kansas City, has a youthful, intelligent vibe that will set the framework for an outstanding vacation. But you won’t get to see all of it by depending on public transportation, so why not take control of your trip with a cheap Columbia, MO car rental?

Cruise Through Columbia

Columbia is home to the University of Missouri. Steer your car rental through the beautiful campus for a tour. “Mizzou,” as it’s affectionately known, is home to the Missouri Tigers, who play at Faurot Arena. After cheering on the Tigers, you won’t need to go far to reach the Museum of Art and Archaeology, which is located on the Mizzou campus. Here you’ll view exhibitions devoted to art through the millennia, ranging from prehistory down to modern works.
Just under 2 miles from the museum is another piece of history: the Missouri Theatre. This heavily decorated, golden representative of Louis IX and XV style of architecture is the home of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. Watch the symphony perform, or take in a feature film or spoken word performance.

Greater Missouri

Rental cars in Columbia, MO allow you to stretch out across the state. Why not spend a couple days in St. Louis, MO? This city, situated on the left bank of the Mississippi River, is home to several popular sports teams. Baseball fans can watch the St. Louis Cardinals play at Busch Stadium®, while the St. Louis Blues play hockey at Scottrade Center®. If you’re a football lover, don’t miss the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome®.
If you’ve been craving time in the outdoors, head for Bennett Springs State Park. This is one of the country’s top trout fishing destinations, and it’s just 128 miles south of Columbia. If you intend to grab some fish, remember to check into the regulations, as they change with the season. You don’t just have to fish, though—go hiking, biking, or just reserve a cabin to get back in touch with nature.

History of Columbia

The area that became Columbia was inhabited by the Osage and Missouri tribes prior to European settlement. The city itself was incorporated in 1821, with establishment of a state university as an early long-term goal. Over time, Columbia developed three centers of higher education: the University of Missouri, Stephens College, and Columbia College, among others. The universities ensured a steady influx of new students and professors, and Columbia grew steadily over the decades. Today it also benefits from a foothold in the insurance industry.

The Weather

Columbia sees four distinct seasons. If you’re visiting during summer, you can expect average highs in the 80s and occasionally the 90s. Summer—and to a point, spring—are also quite wet, delivering much of Columbia’s 42 inches of rain per year. Winter is cold, with average highs in the 30s and 40s. You can also expect up to 18 inches of snow per year; though most of the snow arrives in December and January, it can start falling as early as November.

Get Driving

You don’t need to spend a fortune to see your favorite part of the Show-Me State. Here at, we have the best deals on car rentals in Columbia, MO, meaning you can get the vehicle you want at a price you can afford. Make the most of your vacation and start your cruise through Columbia behind the wheel of the rental car of your choice.

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