Only two hours east of the Kansas City metro area, Columbia is the home of the University of Missouri campus (fondly called “Mizzou”)—and a fun weekend destination for people who love football, good food, and hiking.
Hike and bike the trails
The MKT Nature and Fitness Trail actually starts in Columbia and runs 8.9 miles until it empties out onto the Katy Trail—a 200-mile rails-to-trails project that extends all the way to St. Charles, Missouri. The MKT Trail was ranked #2 of “Best Urban Trails” by USA Today’s Best Reader’s Choice Awards. The Forum Wetland Trail takes you through 108 acres of woodlands and herbaceous wetlands.
Sample the beers at a local brewery
After your hike, visit Broadway Brewery for some of the best local beers in the area, innovated by Brewmaster Paul Dickerson. Try one of the 12 beers on tap (such as the Scotch-style Wee Heavy or the Shortwave Stout, brewed with coffee beans). You can also try their gourmet menu, filled with organic, locally-sourced foods—like trout hush puppies and biscuits with portabella mushroom gravy.
Visit the Mizzou campus
While you’re in Columbia, be sure to catch a Tigers football game, where University of Missouri is part of the Southeastern Conference. After it’s over, take a selfie at the Columns on the Quad—or visit the Museum of Art and Archaeology, which boasts a collection of over 15,000 artifacts (and is free to the public).
Shop in “The District”
The District is roughly 50 blocks of fun with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. Situated between three colleges, this unique artsy region features 70 bars and restaurants, 110 shops, and 45 live performances every week.
Hear live jazz at Murry’s
Stop by and listen to live jazz five nights a week at this Columbia institution, founded in 1985. While you enjoy the musicians, try Murry’s popular oyster grinders, gooey butter cake, or Brock’s green pepper rings, dusted in confectioner’s sugar.
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