It’s today! (June 21st) The day we take fun (and sometimes awkward!) public photos because it’ll look perfect on our Snapchat story or Instagram timeline. It’s NATIONAL SELFIE DAY! So throw caution to the wind and take those selfies all day long. Here is a list of the must-have selfies to snag when visiting Columbia throughout the year.

The Columns

Photo from Mallory Scherer, Mizzou Class of 2020

Destroyed by a fire in 1892, Academic Hall left behind six symbols of strength on the David R. Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri. The columns are a favorite of locals, Mizzou students & alumni, and visiting families as they stop through Columbia. More history can be found here.

The Pinnacles or Rock Bridge State Park

Photo from Instagram user @pharmagal

Located in Boone County, The Pinnacles is a great way to explore Missouri’s diverse geological formations. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is also a favorite of many because of its family-friendly trails and Devil’s Ice Box rock formation.

With a Slice of Pizza

Photo from Pizza Tree Facebook

Columbia has plenty of options for a great slice, and a must-have selfie is a picture of you just before you devour yours! Looking for your next great slice? Check out this list.

The Roof on top of The Broadway

Photo from Instagram user @gaby1b

This establishment is a nice place to stop by with friends or a special someone for a drink and a bite to eat. It’s the perfect spot to snap a sunset selfie as you watch the Columbia sky change colors.

Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field on Gameday or with Truman the Tiger

An iconic pair that are favorites of many. If you’re in town catching the game or see Truman on one of his many adventures around town, make sure to snap a quick picture to share.

The Keyhole at City Hall

Photo from City of Columbia, Missouri (Gov’t. Page) Facebook

Surely to be the ‘key to your heart,’ stop by City Hall for this iconic selfie located in The District.

Harlan the Big White Dog

Photo from Steven Ziegler, Mizzou class of 2018

You might think you’d stepped into another region when you see this smiling creature as many compare his appearance to a polar bear. Harlan is the remaining half of an iconic pair that greets people with gentle love. Harlan and Cris, his owner, can be spotted walking in The District or sitting in Speakers Circle, and Harlan welcomes hugs and scratches behind the ear. More information about Harlan can be found on his Facebook profile.

Share your CoMo selfies with us by tagging us on Instagram or Twitter, and use #ShowMeCoMo!

Blog written by Convention and Visitors Bureau intern, Grace Bommel


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Well, here we are – only two days left until 2017. It seems that everyone is ready to leave 2016 behind and get started on the new year but before we do, let’s take a look back at our 12 most-liked Instagram photos of 2016:


columbia big tree: big burr oak tree
The Big Tree looks extra magnificent surrounded by snow. Photo from @brittpepper.


alley a in columbia mo

Alley A 📷 by @nickeymonaghan


big tree mcbaine, columbia mo honeysuckle field

Awesome photo of the big tree from @schaeferpix.


rainbow over downtown columbia mo

Columbia = pot of gold. Photo by @imadiehere.


mizzou botanic garden, columbia mo, university of missouri, jesse hall in background

We heard it was National Garden Day…


sparky's homemade ice cream in downtown columbia, mo - cup of ice cream with a cone on top

90° temps = Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream 📷 by @christa_jane.


sunset in downtown columbia mo, como golden hour with tiger hotel in background

Check out that CoMo sunset! 📷: @sugarwhips


the big burr oak tree at night, columbia mo the big tree

We don’t think The Big Tree has ever looked so beautiful 📷: @johnbecksroommate


mkt trail in columbia mo, autumn, brown leaves on the ground

It’s starting to look like fall on the MKT! 📷: @dr_marge18


golden retriever rubbing francis statue nose for good luck on exam

Raise your paw/hand if this is how you get your good luck before exams. 📷: @finleythefierce


supermoon rises above jesse hall on the university of missouri campus in columbia mo

Check out this amazing shot from last night! [Photo by @wenbozzz] Did you see the super moon?


snow-covered broadway in downtown columbia mo

We’ve had a rough couple of days here in Columbia but at least the snow made for some great photos! 📷: @wgwinfrey

It looks like everyone really loves photos of The Big Tree, Jesse Hall, and The District! Do you have a favorite photo from 2016 you’d like to share with us? Tag us on Instagram (@VisitColumbiaMO), Twitter (@ColumbiaMOCVB), or use #ShowMeCoMo to share.

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We decided to celebrate the arrival of 2016 by looking back at 2015 (our Instagram photos from 2015, anyway) – here are the fan-favorite photos:

January 29, 2015

Mizzou 1926

“An aerial view of the University of Missouri before the student union was added to Memorial Tower, 1926.”

February 10, 2015

Rock Bridge Trail

“Name this park! Columbia is lucky to have such a beautiful and unique state park. Photo by Jennifer McGovney.” [Rock Bridge Memorial State Park]

March 24, 2015

Mugs Up

“It may not look like much but Mugs Up has been a CoMo favorite since the 1950s! It’s open for the season so swing on by for lunch today.”

April 2, 2015

TBT Billboard

“An early “Visit Columbia” sign from the 1950s – what do you think? Would you visit? Photo courtesy of the State Histotical Society of Missouri.”

May 29, 2015

Memorial Union 2

“Flashback to fall at Mizzou. Columbia sure is quiet with the majority of students gone – see you in August!”

June 18, 2015


#regram “@derekhartley91: So over this rain but the sunset was pretty.”

July 15, 2015

like if you love como

“‘Like’ if you <3 CoMo!”

August 17, 2015

welcome back

“Students have been trickling back into town, and we’re so excited to have them back! Have a great school year, students! Don’t forget to tag your great CoMo pics with #columbiamo.”

September 23, 2015

downtown sunrise

“A beautiful sunrise in downtown Columbia. Thanks for sharing, @weavrg!”

October 23, 2015

fall creek from thewickedgenius

“We are loving everyone’s CoMo fall photos! Thanks to @thewickedgenius for sharing this colorful shot”

November 20, 2015

rainy downtown

“Great rainy night shot of 8th Street from @wenbozzz. Thanks for sharing! Remember to tag us in your photos or use #columbiamo if you want us to see and share your CoMo photos!”

December 1, 2015

magic tree downtown

“It’s December! We have two tree lightings this week [Magic Tree and Shelter Insurance Tree]. Check our calendar of events for more information. This tree is located downtown in The District. Photo from @ms.maul. Thanks for sharing!”

Follow us @VisitColumbiaMO, and as always, don’t forget to tag your photos #ColumbiaMO – we love to see them! Happy New Year!

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Because we know that’s what you’re doing when you visit Columbia, right? Check out our list of ‘must-Instagram’ places in CoMo:

1. The Columns


Duh, right? Mizzou’s iconic Columns are the 2nd most photographed spot in Missouri – so obviously it’s a can’t-miss for any Instagrammer visiting CoMo.

2. City Hall

City Hall Key

City Hall is a beautiful building but to make it even more Instagrammable (I made it up, just go with it), there’s this unique Keys to the City sculpture in front commemorating Columbia’s history.

3. CoMo trails

MKT Trail

We have 50+ miles of trails, and the MKT (pictured) was recently voted the 2nd best urban trail in the nation. Lucky for us we also have a great Parks and Recreation department to keep the trails in good shape and looking beautiful.

4. Festivals

Roots N Blues

While not exactly a ‘place,’ Columbia is home to many exciting festivals like Roots N Blues N BBQ (pictured), True/False Film Fest, and more. This year at Roots N Blues you could snap photos of artists like Brandi Carlile, Buddy Guy, Dwight Yoakam, and Punch Brothers.

5. Stephens Lake Park

Stephens Lake Park 2

Sunsets in Stephens Lake Park are a must-see. I really don’t have more of an explanation than that.

6. Memorial Union

Memorial Union

The tower of Memorial Union was completed in 1926 as a tribute to students who lost their lives in World War I. One of Mizzou’s many traditions involves always tipping your hat and whispering when walking underneath the tower to honor the fallen soldiers. The tower is popular on Instagram because of the gorgeous architecture (and it reminds Harry Potter fans of Hogwarts, so there’s that, too).

7. Columbia from above

como skyline

From parking garages, The Roof, hot air balloons… you name it, photos of Columbia from above are another ‘must-have’ for Instagram.

8. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Rock Bridge

Rock Bridge is kind of like our hidden secret: not many visitors know about the caves, natural rock bridge, sinkholes, and everything else that can be found in the park. There are eight major trails for you to explore – but definitely check out the plank trail that takes you to Connor’s Cave (Devil’s Ice Box is currently closed to protect the bats) and by the rock bridge for great photo opportunities.

9. Shakespeare’s Pizza


This one could be swapped out for any popular Columbia dish – Nachos from Addison’s, ice cream from Sparky’s, Harold’s Doughnuts, etc. We have so many delicious restaurants – foodies (and Instagrammers) rejoice! The downtown Shakespeare’s Pizza may have moved locations for now but I guarantee the pizza looks and tastes just as scrumptious as it always has.

10. Downtown art

Traffic Box Art

The District has so much random art – traffic box art, wall murals, storm drain paintings, sculptures, and more. Pictured is the traffic box at 8th and Broadway – you can get a photo of this and City Hall from the same spot.

What do you think? Did we include everything or did we miss something? Happy Instagramming!

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Downtown Columbia (The District) is full of great restaurants and delicious treats – here are 10 meals that Instagram users have shared over the past month. Warning: reading this while hungry will make you more hungry.

Cafe Berlin | 220 N. 10th St.
@thestephyp Dixie Benny! Home made cornbread, ham, poached eggs, and vegetable gravy! #bestbrunchinawhile”

Sake Japanese Bistro | 16 S. 10th St.
@elizabethinpink Mmmm sushi dates are fun”

Coley’s American Bistro | 15 S. 6th St.
@lonawood Hands down best place in CoMo! Love the food, drinks, atmosphere and music!  #hereeveryweek #okaymultipletimesaweek #summertime @coleysbistro

Chinese Wok Express | 422 E. Broadway
@blackgrits Getting our #pho on! #vietnamese #photogenic #beefpho #beef”

Seoul Taco | 1020 E. Broadway
@watertheodds Seoul Taco”

Shakespeare’s | 220 S. 8th St., 3304 W. Broadway Business Park Ct., 3911 Peachtree Dr.
@jasvii007 Old college days haunt. @kaysite @socalfoodiebears @cotraveler #shakespearspizza #mizzou #columbiamo”

Eleven Eleven | 1111 E. Broadway
@1111columbia Our dinner special tonight is a parmesan crusted pork chop with bacon fennel relish and roasted shallot potato purée”

Glenn’s Cafe | 29 S. 8th St.
@capri_su.n Catfish Sandwich. I think I like Cajun food”

Addison’s | 709 Cherry St.
@drewjkoch Had this delicious filet today: topped with fried onions and blue cheese, on a bed of mashed potatoes. #delicious #CoMo #columbiamo #bright #yum#food #steak…”

Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe | 28 S. 9th St.
@stephcahail I’m spending my last few days in Columbia eating at my favorite restaurants. My first stop is at The Main Squeeze! #bittersweet #salad#thefinalnomdown”

Now that you’re starving, pick one of the featured restaurants and grab a bite to eat.

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Here’s a look at some of our favorite CoMo Instagram photos so far this month –

We love our Columbia trails
@tamarice: Yestuhday. #KatyTrail #MKTtrail #ColumbiaMo #Schwinning #saddlesore #beenawhile #gnatseverywhere”

Surprise! Free concert!
@erinlburris: You know it’s a solid summer night when you stumble upon a random free concert downtown. It’s always an adventure with @hopekirwan, so happy I could come hang out with weekend 😎”

Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream – a summertime favorite
@gracecar15: Summer adventures continue in CoMO #Sparkys #OREOspeedwagon”

Art in the Park, CoMo’s annual art festival at Stephens Lake Park
@annie.simon: Beautiful sights at #artinthepark #columbiamo”

Check out these Instagram users and follow us @VisitColumbiaMO for photos from CoMo!

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Here’s a look at some of our favorite CoMo Instagram photos from this month –

A great sunset shot from The Roof –
@kimberaunderwood Missouri, who knew? #nofilter #columbiamo”

This waffle from Cafe Berlin looks delish –
@chipsandsolsa Good food, good people, and one amazing weekend!”

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park –
@michellezigler We went cave exploring.”

Ozark Mountain Biscuit Truck love –
@sarabelle A Food Truck with Bacon Egg & Cheese is the Food Truck for Me”

Check out these Instagram users and follow us @VisitColumbiaMO for photos from CoMo!


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Goodbye 2014, hello 2015! To welcome the new year, check out some of our favorite Instagram photos from the past year:

January 6, 2014

“It may be cold but look how pretty Rock Bridge State Park is while covered in snow! Thanks for the great picture @carmickleklan! #ColumbiaMO#RockBridgeStatePark #snow”

February 6, 2014

“Columbia is just as beautiful when covered in snow! Thanks @andrewtgibson for this pic of Mizzou’s snowy campus! #ColumbiaMO #Mizzou #snow”

March 1, 2014

“Kicking off the day with Forest of the Dancing Spirits at The Picturehouse #ColumbiaMO #truefalse #picturehouse”

April 21, 2014

“It looks like spring here at the Convention and Visitors Bureau! #columbiamo #visitcomo #springisintheair”

May 5, 2014

“Even if you can’t afford to go away on vacation, there are relaxing spots right here in #ColumbiaMO! This photo was taken at the Boone County Historical Society in the Boone Junction Village. The cabin is the Gordon-Collins log cabin, built circa 1820. #NTTW14 #Traveleffect”

June 18, 2014

“Yesterday was a beautiful evening for a stroll at Stephens Lake Park #columbiamo #stephenslake #comoparks”

July 1, 2014

“Great shot of some Columbia landmarks – Jesse Hall, The Tiger Hotel. Photo by @kingsthings. #columbiamo #tigerhotel #jessehall”

August 6, 2014

“Have you tried Glenn’s Cafe’s Bloody Mary? If you haven’t, be sure to plan a date there soon! 29 S. 8th St. #ColumbiaMO #GlennsCafe #bloodymary #comoeats”

September 30, 2014

“Hope everyone enjoyed Roots N Blues over the weekend! Thanks to those who followed along with us, and congratulations to those of you who won! See ya next year @rnbnbbq! #rnbnbbq #rootsnblues14 #Columbiamo #comofestivals”

October 22, 2014

“Great shot of the MKT Trail from @af_1. Get out and enjoy the trails while we’re having such beautiful weather! #mkttrail #columbiamo #comotrails #autumn”

November 24, 2014

“Check out this gorgeous sunset shot over Columbia! Thanks @breauxyo for sharing. #Columbiamo #mizzou #comogoldenhour”

December 3, 2014

“Columbia loves its magic trees! The original can be found at the Village of Cherry Hill, or see this one on 9th Street in front of Shakespeare’s Pizza. Thanks @photoman_cuso for sharing. #shakespearespizza #Columbiamo #magictree”

We can’t wait to see what 2015 brings! We would love to see your Columbia photos – tag us (@VisitColumbiaMO) or use the hashtag #ColumbiaMO if you want to share!

Happy New Year!

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Take a look at some of our favorite Instagram shots from the past week –

This great snowy shot of Memorial Union –
@koryhayward I just finished my last final and walked out to realize I’ve only one semester left at this institution with its iconic traditions and impactful individuals. Here is to you, @mizzou.”

Beer from our local Bur Oak Brewing Company at Cafe Berlin –
@cafeberlincomo On special tonight…. Bur Oak Brown Ale. @patthrash will be slinging em gently. #drinklocal”

Brunch from Broadway Brewery –
@broadwaybrewery Corned beef hash with two eggs and topped with hollandaise! Sunday Funday has begun. #eatlocal #happystomachs”

Delicious-looking treats from Uprise Bakery –
@hallerik Dessert. #FridayNight #CoMo #TurtleBrownie #HotChocolate @bmaningat”

Check out these Instagram users and follow us (@VisitColumbiaMO) for photos from CoMo!

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