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Montgomery, AL
Travel Guide

This city on the Alabama River was a key location in the American civil rights movement during the mid-20th century. Come here to learn about Southern history and culture.

The capital of Alabama, Montgomery was an important setting in the American civil rights movement. Several key historic protests and boycotts took place here in the struggle for equality during the mid-20th century. Museums, libraries and memorials relating to the movement are scattered around the area.

Visit the Rosa Parks Library and Museum to learn about key events in the civil rights movement. Read about the pivotal moment when the African-American Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person in 1955. Study exhibits on the ensuing Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Add to your experience with a trip to the Dexter Parsonage Museum, visiting the house where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived for six years. He is considered the most significant leader of the civil rights movement. Watch an informative video and tour the home to learn about Dr. King’s peaceful contributions to the battle for racial equality.

The Civil Rights Memorial Center represents the general tone of the modern city by paying tribute to the drive for equal rights and reminding visitors of the suffering of countless civil rights activists and bystanders. Read the plaques with inscribed names of the African-Americans who died during the struggle.

Modern Montgomery is also a hub of literature and the creative arts. Explore the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum to see the house where the famous literary couple lived. Enjoy a play in the gorgeous surroundings of the home of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, which produces theater year-round.

Montgomery was named after Richard Montgomery, an Irish-born soldier who led a failed invasion of Canada in the 18th century. The region experiences hot and humid summers and mild winters.

While in the region, sample Alabama specialties, such as oysters, ribs and baked grits, a cheesy dish made from ground corn.

The nearest international transportation hub is Birmingham Airport, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of the city.Visit Montgomery to appreciate historic reminders of the fight for racial equality in the United States.

Top Hotels in Montgomery

Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka
Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka
3.5 out of 5
100 River Oaks Dr, Wetumpka, AL
The price is $119 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated in Wetumpka, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Jasmine Hill Gardens. Wetumpka Crater and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (227 reviews)

"Everything was wonderful about my stay, from parking to the game room floor. NO COMPLAINTS!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka
Embassy Suites by Hilton Montgomery Hotel & Conference Ctr
Embassy Suites by Hilton Montgomery Hotel & Conference Ctr
3.5 out of 5
300 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, AL
The price is $110 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in the heart of Montgomery, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from The Hank Williams Museum and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Alabama State University. The Legacy Museum ...

3.8/5Good! (794 reviews)

"We go here all the time. It was Valentine’s weekend so it was more ppl than normal."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Montgomery Hotel & Conference Ctr
Home Inn & Suites
Home Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
5709 Express Drive, Montgomery, AL
The price is $50 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Alabama State University, Civil Rights Memorial, and EastChase Shopping Mall. The Legacy Museum ...

3.7/5Good! (272 reviews)

"Nice stay worth the price and staff is great. I will stay again."…"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Home Inn & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Montgomery

Staybridge Suites Montgomery - Downtown
Staybridge Suites Montgomery - Downtown
3 out of 5
275 Lee Street, Montgomery, AL
The price is $94 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29

Situated in Montgomery, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Rosa Parks Museum and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Alabama State University. The Hank Williams Museum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (189 reviews)

"Enjoyed my stay there made me feel warm and at home location is near everything"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Staybridge Suites Montgomery - Downtown
Tigers Bay...Relaxing retreat
Tigers Bay...Relaxing retreat
Wetumpka, AL
The price is $100 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated in Wetumpka, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka, Jasmine Hill Gardens, and Wetumpka Crater. Fort Toulouse ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Very clean house

"Overall was pleased"…"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2021

Tigers Bay...Relaxing retreat
AWESOME view on lakefront property w/decks and dock on Lake Jordan
AWESOME view on lakefront property w/decks and dock on Lake Jordan
Wetumpka, AL

Situated on the waterfront, this historic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Jordan Lake and within 12 mi (20 km) of Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka and ...

5/5Exceptional! (67 reviews)
Everything was perfect.

"We had an amazing time. Great property, very clean and organized. It was a great experience."…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

AWESOME view on lakefront property w/decks and dock on Lake Jordan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Montgomery

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5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 22.39146991622239%
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4 - Good 46.91546077684691%
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328
3 - Okay 24.98095963442498%
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2 - Disappointing 3.274942878903275%
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1 - Terrible 2.437166793602437%

5/5 - Excellent

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May 27, 2020

I like the shopping in particular. I’d like to visit some of the historical sites as well.

4/5 - Good

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Apr 17, 2020

Downtown was intetrsting.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 21, 2020

Beautiful city. There was a guy at front desk that was very helpful.. I believe his name was Courtney or Cory. Im sorry i didnt right his name down but very nice young man. Thank you

1/5 - Terrible

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Mar 21, 2020

The hotel put profit ahead of customer service. I refuse to stay at a Drury Inn Hotel again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

We love the civil rights history of Montgomery and the ground-breaking works of the Equal Justice Initiative, led by our hero, Bryan Stevenson.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

We only stayed the night while on our way to Florida.

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