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Montgomery [dead link] is the capital of Alabama, in the River Heritage region of the state.

Understand[edit source]

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.

Get in[edit source]

By plane[edit source]

  • Montgomery Airport4445 Selma Highway +1 334 281-5040. The Montgomery Airport is a small airport with American Eagle and Delta Connection 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.

By car[edit source]

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.

By bus[edit source]

Get around[edit source]

Montgomery Area Transit System (MATS) [1] operates the bus and trolley system in Montgomery.

See[edit source]

Stained glass under the rotunda of the Alabama State Capitol

Do[edit source]

Learn[edit source]

A west view of Troy University buildings including Davis Theatre
  • Alabama State University, [2].
  • Southern Christian University, [3].
  • Auburn University Montgomery, [4].
  • Faulkner University, [5]. Is a small Christian university.
  • Huntingdon College, [6]. A small United Methodist affiliated college.
  • Air University, [7]. AU is operated by the U.S. Air Force.

Buy[edit source]

  • Eastdale Mall. Anchored by Belk, Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears, and the only in-a-mall indoor ice rink in Alabama.

Eat[edit source]

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.

Budget[edit source]

  • 3D Dogs,(334) 358-1903 153 W Main St, Prattville, AL. Provides a great selection that ranges from Chicago Style hot dogs to gyros.
  • Scott St. Deli412 Scott St. A downtown landmark, serves sandwiches and basic deli fare.
  • Chris' Hot Dogs138 Dexter Ave. Another favorite, serves, as the name implies, hot dogs and the like.

Mid-range[edit source]

  • Casa Napoli5331 Young Barn Road +1 334 274-9111. Montgomery, AL. Contemporary and traditional Italian dishes
  • Jim & Nicks Bar-B-Que6415 Atlanta Hwy. Montgomery, AL 36117, (334)213.0046. Chain Barbecue restaurant.
  • Cafe Louisa, 1034 E. Fairview. Coffee and bakery with affordable sandwiches and other cafe fare
  • Tomatino's, 1036 E. Fairview. One of the oldest locally owned pizzerias.
  • El Rey Burrito Lounge, 1031 E. Fairview. Tex-Mex with a contemporary flair.

Fine Dining[edit source]

  • Garretts7780 Atlanta Hwy +1 334 396-9950. Montgomery -. Fine dining, heavy on fish, with a southern-influenced menu.
  • La Jolla6854 Eastchase Pkwy +1 334 356-2600. Montgomery, AL 36117. Tapas and gourmet dining; known locally for the wine selection.
  • Vintage Year405 Cloverdale Rd +1 334 264-8463. Montgomery, AL 36106.
  • Luna8123 Vaughn Rd. Upscale Tapas restaurant and bar.

Drink[edit source]

  • Montgomery Brewing Company, 12 W. Jefferson. Montgomery's only microbrewery.

Sleep[edit source]

A west view of the First Baptist Church, located at S Perry St

Budget[edit source]

Mid-range[edit source]

Splurge[edit source]

Connect[edit source]

Montgomery's area code is 334.

Stay safe[edit source]

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.

Cope[edit source]

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.

Go next[edit source]

Routes through Montgomery
BirminghamMillbrook  N I-65.svg S  GreenvilleMobile
AtlantaAuburn  N I-85.svg S  END
MeridianSelma  W US 80.svg E  Phenix CityColumbus
TuscaloosaMillbrook  W US 82.svg E  AlbanyBrunswick
HuntsvilleOneonta  N US 231.svg S  DothanPanama City

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