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Tuscaloosa, AL
Travel Guide

Tuscaloosa

Steeped in a rich local history, this charming city offers art centers, exciting museums and a lively sports scene.

Tuscaloosa is an attractive city on the banks of the Black Warrior River in the state of Alabama. The river was named after the legendary American Indian chief, Tuskaloosa (Black Warrior), who was killed in an encounter with explorer Hernando de Soto. White frontiersmen settled permanently in the area in the early 1800s.

Learn about the history of the city through its buildings and museums. From 1826 to 1846, Tuscaloosa was Alabama’s capital. Explore Capitol Park, reconstructed buildings where the seat of government was held. See the impressive Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, the Battle-Friedman House and the Gorgas House. Visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History, the Murphy African-American Museum and the First African Baptist Church, which played a significant role during the civil rights movement.

Football fans will want to visit the Paul W. Bryant Museum and learn about Alabama’s college football history. Make sure you catch the 15-time national champion Alabama Crimson Tide at the 101,821-seat Bryant-Denny Stadium.

If you are a motoring enthusiast, reserve a Tuesday or Thursday to tour the Tuscaloosa Mercedes-Benz Plant, which also has a visitor center and museum that are open Monday through Friday except on holidays.

The arts scene is thriving in Tuscaloosa. See a show at the new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater or the historic Bama Theatre. Hear the symphony orchestra at the Moody Music Building, browse works at the Kentuck Art Center and Museum and discover an extensive collection at the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art. With the Children’s Hands-On Museum and the Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre, there are many activities for children to do as well.

For outdoor activities, take advantage of Tuscaloosa’s proximity to three state parks: Lake Lurleen State Park, Moundville Archeological Park and Tannehill Ironworks State Park.

Reach Tuscaloosa by car, train or bus. Alternatively, fly into Birmingham airport, which is 55 miles (89 kilometers) north of Tuscaloosa.

Hotel Capstone
Hotel Capstone
3 out of 5
320 Paul W Bryant Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL
The price is $139 per night from May 15 to May 15
Located in the heart of Tuscaloosa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paul W. Bryant Museum, University of Alabama, and Bryant-Denny Stadium. Coleman ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (945 reviews)
"Great room, spacious and clean, quite comfortable. Weird situation with main room door not closed all the way when I checked in, and repeatedly opened when I thought it was closed during my stay. Very disappointed when multiple room charges showed up on my bill that I did not make. I'm still trying ..."

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Hotel Capstone
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tuscaloosa University
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tuscaloosa University
2.5 out of 5
3920 McFarland Blvd. E, Tuscaloosa, AL
The price is $92 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Tuscaloosa, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Veterans Memorial Park and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Noland Hospital Tuscaloosa. University of Alabama ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (610 reviews)
"Property looks well maintained and very clean. The staff was very nice."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tuscaloosa University
Greystone Inn and Suites
Greystone Inn and Suites
2.5 out of 5
11170 Will Walker Road, Vance, AL
The price is $59 per night from May 15 to May 15
Situated in Vance, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center and within 16 mi (25 km) of Tannehill Park and Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs ...
4.3/5Excellent! (984 reviews)
"Easy check in,clean room,Friendly staff"

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Greystone Inn and 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.
Less Than One-mile From Bryant Denny & Coleman Coliseum
Less Than One-mile From Bryant Denny & Coleman Coliseum
Tuscaloosa, AL
The price is $150 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Tuscaloosa, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coleman Coliseum, University of Alabama, and Bryant-Denny Stadium. Paul W. Bryant Museum ...
5/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Nice condo close to UA campus
"This condo is very nicely appointed and walking distance to UA campus and the stadium. We really enjoyed our stay!"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Less Than One-mile From Bryant Denny & Coleman Coliseum
Tuscan Pointe Farm on The Black Warrior
Tuscan Pointe Farm on The Black Warrior
Cottondale, AL
Situated on a river, this romantic vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Alabama, and Bryant-Denny ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Quiet country with amazing views
"House is clean. All appliances and amenities worked well. Directions were easy to follow. Owner was available at all times but was not needed. If you are looking for a quiet place with lots of room, this is your place. Easy drive In to Tuscaloosa. And beautiful sunset views!"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Tuscan Pointe Farm on The Black Warrior
Lakefront House on Lake Tuscaloosa- Open for Travelers!
Lakefront House on Lake Tuscaloosa- Open for Travelers!
Northport, AL
Located in Northport, this family-friendly vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Tuscaloosa, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Capitol Park and Murphy African ...
5/5Exceptional! (58 reviews)
Long Weekend
"The property owner has very prompt with communications before we arrived. We loved the property and enjoyed the s’mores provided. The house was clean and comfortable. The view from the deck was incredible. Hope to stay again in the future."

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Lakefront House on Lake Tuscaloosa- Open for Travelers!
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 Tuscaloosa

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5/5 - Excellent

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May 12, 2020

Trip was to move my daughter who just graduated from the University of Alabama. We have loved our visits to Tuscaloosa.

4/5 - Good

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Apr 21, 2020

Family is everything!

4/5 - Good

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Mar 16, 2020

I personally really enjoyed Tuscaloosa! I think it’s the perfect college town

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 12, 2020

Roll Tide!

4/5 - Good

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Mar 9, 2020

Seems like a nice enough place, I just stayed in the wrong part of town.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 3, 2020

We always enjoy getting back to BAMA campus and T-Town.

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