©

Rolla trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Rolla

Trip Planner USA  /  Missouri  /  Rolla
(2.4/5 based on 70+ reviews for 1 attraction)
Things to do: beaches
Rolla is a city and county seat of Phelps County, Missouri, United States. The population in the 2010 United States Census was 19,559. Rolla is located approximately midway between St. Louis and Springfield along I-44.It is the home of the Missouri University of Science and Technology, well known for its many engineering departments and computer science department.The headquarters of the Mark Twain National Forest is located in Rolla. In addition, this is part of the Ozark Highlands American Viticultural Area, with vineyards established first by Italian immigrants to the area.HistoryThe first European-American settlers in Phelps County arrived in the early 19th century, working as farmers and iron workers along the local rivers, such as the Meramec, the Gasconade, and the Little Piney. In 1844, John Webber built the first house in what became the City of Rolla. Nine years later, railroad contractor Edmund Ward Bishop, considered to be the founder of Rolla, settled in the area. The state officially established Rolla as a town in 1858.Two stories account for how Rolla was named. One story, widely regarded as a folk legend, and acknowledged as such by the Phelps County Historical Society, arises from the competition between Rolla and neighboring Dillon, Missouri, to be designated the county seat. When Rolla was made the county seat in 1861, the residents of Dillon, having lost a round, were allowed to choose the name of the new city and named it Rolla, after a good-for-nothing hunting dog.
Add Rolla and other destinations in United States to your travel itinerary using our United States travel itinerary maker.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Rolla

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Rolla

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities near Rolla:
Wineries, historic sites, shopping
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, shopping, fun & games
Visit for: 3 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, historic sites, wildlife areas
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Spas, wineries, fun & games
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Nature, wineries
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to Rolla

21 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Rolla BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: February, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in United States BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL October, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in New York City, Niagara Falls & Rolla BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES May, outdoors, relaxing, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in United States SEE PLAN May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News