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.
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.
Montgomery Area Transit System (MATS)  operates the bus and trolley system in Montgomery.
Old Alabama Town is another great place to visit in Montgomery. We have relocated some of the areas finest old homes and restored them. It is a place to vist and step back in time to an era long gone from everyday society. The buildings are located just 3 blocks north od Dexter Ave. The State Capitol is located at the end of this street so it is easy to find. There are several blocks of these houses so bring a good pair of walking shoes.
Montgomery's diners tend to be very basic eaters. Lunch times are famous for what is called a "meat and three menu". 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 southernisms when dining in Montgomery and these are applicable throughout the Alabama and Mississippi area.
Most restaurants serve "sweet" tea. That is tea that is more sweet that a two teaspoons of sugar. Ask for unsweet and sweeten it yourself.
Breakfast is served with biscuits (trust me, you will love them), never toast. They also serve grits with breakfast and it is considered appropriate to doctor them anyway that you like to eat them.
Bar-B-Que means that meat is slow cooked over a wood fire. Sauce is served on the side and I have 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.
One would expect good pecan pie here. I have yet to find it anywhere that is memorable.
3D Dogs,(334) 358-1903 153 W Main St, Prattville, AL. Provides a great selection that ranges from Chicago Style hot dogs to gyros. Try the Philly Steak, it is awesome.
Casa Napoli, 5331 Young Barn Road, Montgomery, AL (334)274-9111 Jim & Nicks Bar-B-Que, 6415 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36117, (334)213.0046 Juns Pan Asian Grill, 6050 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL 36117, (334) 356-1152
Garretts, 7780 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery - (334) 396-9950 La Jolla, 6854 Eastchase Pkwy, Montgomery, AL 36117, (334) 356-2600 Ruddles Pub, 3133 Bell Rd, Montgomery, AL 36116, (334) 277-8710 Vintage Year, 405 Cloverdale Rd, Montgomery, AL 36106,(334) 264-8463
Montgomery's area code is 334.
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.