city in Phelps County, Missouri, United States

Rolla is a city in the Central Missouri region of Missouri on historic Route 66. It is home to Missouri University of Science and Technology (Formerly University of Missouri at Rolla) campus.

Understand

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Rolla is a beautiful town located along I-44, with a population of about 20,000.

Get in

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Map of Rolla (Missouri)

By car

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Rolla is about 1 hour and 45 minutes to both Springfield to the west and St. Louis to the east along Interstate 44. Columbia, MO is 1 hour and 45 minutes North of Rolla. You can take US 63 from Columbia.

By plane

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The closest large commercial airport is Lambert St. Louis International Airport which is served by most US carriers. The airport is about 1 hour and 45 minutes from the city. Greyhound and USA Express have shuttles from the airport to Rolla and back or you can rent a car at the airport.

For private aircraft Rolla National Airport is about a 15 minute drive north of the city.

You can fly into Waynesville - St. Robert Regional Airport from St Louis.

By bus

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Rolla is served by Greyhound. The bus station is Burger King at 1022 Kingshighway. You cannot buy bus tickets here.

By train

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The nearest train station is the Jefferson City Amtrak Station. From there you can rent a car. You can also take a train to St. Louis Gateway station.

Get around

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No public transportation exists in Rolla and a car is almost a necessity to get around. However, bicycling is a viable alternative and the town is small enough walking could be facilitated if necessary. There are a couple of taxi cab companies in town also.

You can take an Uber but there is usually only one or two available.

  • Tourism Office, 1311 Kingshighway, +1 573 364-3577, toll-free: +1-888-809-3817, fax: +1 573 364-5222, . M-F 8AM-4:30PM, Sa 9AM-2PM, Su (Mar-Sep) 1PM-4PM, Su (Oct-Feb) closed..
  • Ozark Actors Theatre, 701 N Cedar St, +1 573-364-9523. Provides professional summer stock theater and winter productions.
  • Leach Theater, +1 573-341-4219. Castleman Hall at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Many varied events and performances at this University theater.
  • Stubby Stonehenge. See this half-size "replica" of Stonehenge on the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology (Formerly University of Missouri-Rolla). But, don't expect to use it as they've built buildings all around it so the horizon is no longer visible at solstice. Ooops. Free.
 
Stubby Stonehenge
  • Parks. Have pools, tennis courts, lakes, a recreation center, and activities.
  • Mule Trading Post, US Route 66 (I-44 exit 189), +1 573 364-4711. Antiques and Route 66 souvenirs.

Drink

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Sleep

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Routes through Rolla
SpringfieldSt. Robert  W   E  St. JamesSt. Louis
Jefferson CityVienna  N   S  LickingJonesboro
SpringfieldSt. Robert  W   E  St. JamesSt. Louis


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