Best Of Columbia

From Itineraries Midwest Spring Issue 2009

This sample itinerary can be customized year round!

8:30 – 9:00 am
Start the day with a morning stroll through the Shelter Gardens which features a replica one-room school house, garden for the blind, rose garden, fern grotto, streams and pools.

9 – 9:30 am
Arrive at MKT Spur and M.L. King Jr. Memorial Gardens. Make a quick stop to point out the King Memorial Gardens, which includes an amphitheater and sculptures featuring the writings of Dr. King. (The Midwest’s largest, public tribute to Dr. King)

9:30 – 11:00 am
Tour the Boone County Historical Museum see the lives and events that shaped the settlement of Boone County. Then go next door to the Maplewood, a 19th Century rural farmstead, which features a gracious 2 story home and original outbuildings.

11 – 11:30 am
At Bluestem Missouri Crafts view displayed artwork includes functional and decorative items in mediums of clay, glass, wood, metal, and fibers.

11:30 – 1:00 pm
Dine for lunch at one of Downtown Columbia’s many restaurants.

1 – 2:00 pm
Visit Historic Francis Quadrangle on the MU Campus, site of the historic MU Columns, and (believe it or not) Thomas Jefferson’s original tombstone. Visit the Museum of Art and Archaeology – features major works of art, plus ancient art and artifacts and the Museum of Anthropology – focuses on the native peoples of the country and those in Missouri.

2 – 6:00 pm
Then for the rest of the afternoon visit some of Columbia’s galleries such as the Columbia Art League; Orchids and Art – art surrounded by flowering orchid plants; POPPY – American craft, fine art, folk art and jewelry; PS:Gallery – from Pop Art paintings to handcrafted jewelry, soothing landscapes to expressive abstracts.

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group contact your tour operator or Columbia CVB, 877-596-4670.

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