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A walkable downtown and solid restaurant scene make the home of the University of Missouri a cool stop (population: 102,000). Things to do in Columbia, Missouri include visiting the District, Bethel Park, Shelter Gardens and strolling among the historic buildings on the Mizzou's campus.
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    University of Missouri. Photo courtesy of Columbia CVB
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    Heritage Festival. Photo courtesy of Columbia CVB

What to do

The District The university’s youthful energy feeds this area, known for more than 110 shops, restaurants and galleries—plus live music. discoverthedistrict.com

University of Missouri Mizzou has a distinctly historical feel, with 18 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds are a designated botanical garden. Free guided tours. (800) 856-2181; missouri.edu

Where to eat

Lucy’s Corner Cafe For breakfast, try the pancakes that drape over the edge of your plate and biscuits with sausage gravy. See reviews and ratings. (573) 875-1700

Shakespeare’s Pizza Close to the Mizzou campus, the original location is known to pile on the toppings. See reviews and ratings. (573) 449-2454; shakespeares.com

Where to stay

Yates House Bed and Breakfast A two-story, redbrick inn fits right in among the antebellum homes in Rocheport (12 miles west); you’d never know it was built in 1991. Breakfast includes crème brûlée French toast. From $189. See reviews and ratings. (573) 698-2129; yateshouse.com

For information: Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 652-0987; visitcolumbiamo.com

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