We checked out the photos posted around Columbia to find out what people are Instagramming the most, and there are definitely some favorite spots! Take a look at our list of ‘must-Instagram’ places in CoMo:
Duh, right? Mizzou’s iconic Columns opens in a new window are the 2nd most photographed spot in Missouri – so obviously it’s a can’t-miss for any Instagrammer visiting CoMo.
City Hall is a beautiful building but to make it even more Insta-worthy, there’s this unique Keys to the City opens in a new window sculpture in front commemorating Columbia’s history.
We have 60+ miles of trails, and the MKT has even been voted the 2nd best urban trail opens in a new window 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.
While not exactly a ‘place,’ Columbia is home to so many awesome festivals opens in a new window like Roots N Blues N BBQ, True/False Film Fest opens in a new window, Art in the Park, Citizen Jane Film Fest, the Heritage Festival, Unbound Book Festival, and more.
Capen Park opens in a new window provides picture-perfect views from the bluffs, and who doesn’t want to Instagram fall colors, a bluff-top sunrise, or cute pups on a hike? (We know there are daredevils out there but we do not recommend getting close to the edge.)
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 opens in a new window 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).
From parking garages, The Roof, hot air balloons… you name it, photos of Columbia from above are another ‘must-have’ for Instagram.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
Rock Bridge opens in a new window 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.
Food from Local Restaurants
Nachos from Addison’s opens in a new window, ice cream from Sparky’s opens in a new window, Harold’s Doughnuts opens in a new window, Shakespeare’s Pizza, etc. We have so many delicious restaurants opens in a new window – foodies (and Instagrammers) rejoice!
Columbia is full of random art – traffic box art opens in a new window, wall murals, storm drain opens in a new window paintings, sculptures, and more. Learn more about our public art and how to take a self-guided public art tour from the Office of Cultural Affairs opens in a new window.
Honorable mention: The Big Tree
The Big Tree opens in a new window is just south of Columbia off of Route K, and is worth the short drive or bike ride. If you have never seen it, you’re probably thinking, “what’s the big deal about a tree?” We think the photos speak for themselves, but if you want stats: this tree is the largest bur oak tree in Missouri, and is around 350 years old, 90 feet tall, and has a circumference of 287 inches. It has survived floods, lightning strikes, and the occasional vandalism, and locals and visitors love stopping by The Big Tree for picnics and photos. Just trust us on this one.
What do you think? Did we include everything or did we miss something? Tag us on Instagram opens in a new window and use #ShowMeCoMo!