Montgomery briefly held the title of capital of the Confederacy and was also the site of Jefferson Davis' inauguration. Montgomery was also a pivotal location during the civil rights movement, seeing the arrest of Rosa Parks and the ensuing bus boycott, as well as numerous non violent protests led by Dr. Martin Luther King.
Montgomery Airport, 4445 Selma Highway, Phone: +1 334 281-5040, . The Montgomery Airport is a small airport with American Eagle, Delta Connection, and US Airways Express operating out of the airport. Consider flying through Atlanta (2 hours away by car) or Birmingham (1.5 hours away by car) to save money.
The two major interstate highways that serve Montgomery are I-85, which connects Montgomery with Atlanta, Georgia; and I-65 which connects Montgomery with Birmingham to the north and Mobile to the south.
Rosa Parks Library and Museum, 251 Montgomery Street, +1 334 241-8615, . 9AM-5PM M-F, 9AM-3PM Sa.
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, 454 Dexter Avenue, +1 334 263-3970, . 10AM-4PM Tu-F, 10AM-2PM Sa. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. preached at the church for six years. Adults $5, Children $3.
Old Alabama Town, 301 Columbus Street, +1 334 240-4500,. 9AM-4PM, M-Sa. There are no facades or newly constructed buildings here! Our 19th century village features completely authentic 19th and early 20th century homes and buildings that have been saved from demolition, carefully restored, and reopened to the public as a history museum. At Old Alabama Town, you will learn how early Americans of all backgrounds lived and worked in Central Alabama. Adults, $10; Children ages 6-18, $5. Free to ages 5 and younger. A 10 percent discount is offered to AAA, military and seniors.
Eastdale Mall, . Anchored by Belk, Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears, and the only in-a-mall indoor ice rink in Alabama.
The Shoppes at Eastchase. Anchored Dillards, DSW, Books A Million, Rooms Togo, Dicks Sporting Goods, Target, Kohl's, Earthfare, and smallers stores such as The GAP, Banana Republic, Ware Jewelers, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Anthony Vince, AT&T Wireless, Bath & Body Works , Buckle, Cache, Campus Spirit, Express. Dining options are Bonefish Grill, LaJolla Restaurant and Bar, and many more.
Montgomery's diners tend to be very basic eaters. Lunch times are often served as a "meat and three plate". That is where a restaurant, during the lunch hour, serves a meat course and three sides (vegetables or potatoes). It tends to be very filling (perhaps too filling)but reliable quantity and quality wise.
There seems to be a preference for corporate generic restaurants (Outback, Olive Garden, Red Lobster). If they have a franchise, Montgomery probably has one.
You need to understand a few southern cuisines when dining in Montgomery and these are applicable throughout the Alabama and Mississippi area.
Most restaurants serve "sweet" tea--sweetened with sugar, and may be too sweet for some. when ordering iced tea, "unsweetened" is also an option.
Bar-B-Que means that meat is slow cooked over a wood fire. Sauce is served seen the full range of sauces (mustard type, tomato based, Tex-Mex).
Montgomery is home for the Hyundai automobile plant. Look for several fine Korean and Pan Asian restaurants and interesting menu items.
Montgomery is in lower Alabama and you can expect, in some of the better restaurants, some Cajun influence.
For emergencies dial 911 for medical and police assistance. Avoid the West and Southwestern parts of the city, as these tend to be where most of the crime is concentrated. Carjacking is not uncommon, so keep your doors locked when not around your vehicle. The Eastern portion of the city, specifically from the Eastern Blvd onward, offers many safe and family friendly shopping attractions and venues.
During the months of April through October, Montgomery experiences periods of high heat and humidity. Plan your "outside" days accordingly. Be sure to acclimatize to the heat (this should take a few days), take advantage of early mornings and evenings, drink plenty of water.