130. Montgomery, Alabama USA
Montgomery, Alabama is at the root of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. It’s a place where you laugh and cry all at the same time. The South is not the same South you’ve read about it. Take moment to visit and see for yourself.
Montgomery, Alabama is located in the souther part of the U.S. state of Alabama, just south of Birmingham. It’s the capital of the state.
How To Get Here
There is no commercial train service to Montgomery, AL, but there is service to Birmingham which is provided by Amtrak. From here you can rent a car.
The city is served by Greyhound, just outside the city’s downtown.
The closest major airport to Montgomery, Alabama is Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM).
The following airlines serve the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM):
American Airlines (AA) and Delta Air Lines (DL).
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Where To Stay
The city already has fine places to stay and over the next two years, you will have more choices. I stayed at the Marriott Renaissance at the Riverfront. There’s also the Embassy Suites by Hilton and the Hampton Inn within walking distance. There are also Holiday Inns, Days Inn and Super 8s to name a few.
==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.
Where To Eat
It’s the South, so everything, well almost everything is fried and fried to perfection. Here is a culinary journey that I took when I visited, knowing that there are many more places to eat in Montgomery; don’t drool too much though.
The Aviator Bar – Lots of aviation memorabilia is in this bar including a fighter jet seat.
Capitol Oyster Bar – popular on Sundays after church and they usually have band playing. Plus you have a good view of the Alabama River and if you have a boat you can pull up in a boat as well since its right on the Marina.
Central – Located in the Alley; its perfect for lunch or dinner. Great staff and great atmosphere.
Chawba House – A place with organic foods from local farmers
Chris’ Hot Dog – Family-owned for over 100 years
D’road Café – Venezuelan cuisine cooked by Janet; its like your mom cooking for you
– Leroy – An after hours joint with good beer and atmosphere in the Old Cloverdale area.
– Vintage Year – A classy restaurant in the Old Cloverdale area.
==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.
What To Do
– Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church – The Tour Guide here; Wanda is pretty amazing. She takes you high and low and in between. Such an amazing person.
– EATsouth – An organic garden in the heart of the city
– Montgomery Zoo
– Rosa Parks Library and Museum – here you are taken through a re-enactment of the event as well as an explanation of the Civil Rights Movement and the part Mrs. Parks played in it.
==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.
==>> Check out some tours from Viator in the state of Alabama.
==>> Lonely Planet has some additional information.
==>> Trip.com has some additional information.
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I love your post and pictures! I worked in Montgomery for several years, many moons ago. It’s interesting to “re-visit” it through the eyes of another. 🙂
Thank you Lynda. Im sure its changed and its continuing to change.
This makes me want to visit Montgomery! Beautiful pics!
Thank you Anna. Pay them a visit and talk to the Tourist Board as they are quite helpful.
Anna Marie we’d love to have you in Montgomery! Please let us know if we can assist you in planning a visit. You can check out more at http://www.visitingmontgomery.com, http://www.lovemgm.com or by following us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryCapitalCool/
I was so torn by all the great post-conference trips. This one and the one to Mobile were high on my list. I hope to return at a later date. There is so much to Alabama that I must see!
P.S. I went to the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach…
I agree Margarita. Thanks for stopping by.
I was in the same boat; now I have to go visit the others on my own and really want to do so. How was the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach?