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For other places with the same name, see Montgomery (disambiguation).

Montgomery is the capital of Alabama, in the River Heritage region of the state.


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

By plane

  • Montgomery Airport, 4445 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

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

Get around

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




  • 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.


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


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.


  • 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. Deli, 412 Scott St. A downtown landmark, serves sandwiches and basic deli fare.
  • Chris' Hot Dogs, 138 Dexter Ave. Another favorite, serves, as the name implies, hot dogs and the like.


  • Casa Napoli, 5331 Young Barn Road, +1 334 274-9111. Montgomery, AL. Contemporary and traditional Italian dishes
  • Jim & Nicks Bar-B-Que, 6415 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

  • Garretts, 7780 Atlanta Hwy, +1 334 396-9950. Montgomery -. Fine dining, heavy on fish, with a southern-influenced menu.
  • La Jolla, 6854 Eastchase Pkwy, +1 334 356-2600. Montgomery, AL 36117. Tapas and gourmet dining; known locally for the wine selection.
  • Vintage Year, 405 Cloverdale Rd, +1 334 264-8463. Montgomery, AL 36106.
  • Luna, 8123 Vaughn Rd. Upscale Tapas restaurant and bar.


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






Montgomery's area code is 334.

Stay safe

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.

Go next

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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