There's lots to see and do in Columbia. There also are many great places to get away from it all and unwind. Take a stroll, get a massage, do some shopping. Enjoy a great day in Columbia.
Start your day in Columbia at this small, but legendary, diner, known for its old-fashioned comfort food. The diner's most popular dish, The Stretch, is a mound of hash browns smothered in chili, covered with eggs, topped with cheese, onions and green peppers.
22 S 4th St., Columbia MO 65205, 573-875-1173
Hours: Daily: 11 p.m.-3 p.m.
After a big meal at Broadway Diner, take a relaxing walk at Rock Bridge State Park. While there, take note of fascinating geologic formations, including Devil's Icebox Cave, the seventh longest in Missouri. The park is located five miles south of Columbia.
5901 South Route 163, Columbia MO 65203, 573-449-7402
Hours: Park Gate: Year-round, sunrise to sunset; Park Office: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
If you're in the mood for an after-breakfast stroll but don't want to stay closer to downtown, this park is for you. Bordered by the Flat Branch Creek, it features a gazebo, landscaping, historic markers and green space. The south end of the park has a suspension bridge, seating areas, and public art.
101 S. Fourth St., Columbia MO 65201, 573-874-7460
Hours: Daily: Dawn to dusk.
Take a lunch break at Addison's, which offers a variety of dishes that are sure to please your palate. Popular selections include nachos bianco, jalapeno-smothered pork chops, and diablo shrimp pasta; lighter selections also are available.
709 Cherry St., Columbia MO 65201, 573-256-1995
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-midnight.
If your shopping tastes involve works of art, Bluestem is the spot for you. This store features traditional and contemporary works from nearly 300 artists and craftspeople from Missouri and eight neighboring states.
13 S. Ninth St., Columbia MO 65201, 573-442-0211
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Treat yourself to some time at Riversong Spa and Salon. Here you find a full range of day-spa services, including therapeutic massage, couples massages, pedicures, manicures, hair coloring and styling, facials, and waxing.
2100 Forum Blvd., Columbia MO 65203, 573-447-1772
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
After a relaxing spa treatment, head to Columbia Mall for a dose of retail therapy. Anchor stores at Columbia Mall include Dillard's, JC Penney, MC Sports, and Sears; in all, there are more than 140 stores and eight Cafe Court restaurants.
2300 Bernadette Dr., Columbia MO 65205, 573-445-8458
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
If you're looking for a great steak, and a great way to cap your day in Columbia, CC's is the place to be. CC's serves USDA Prime steaks and features a wine list with more than 100 choices.
1401 Forum Blvd., Columbia MO 65205, 573-445-7772
Hours: Daily, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.