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Exploring Montgomery, AL, The State Capital

When visiting Alabama, you can’t forget to explore the state capital -- Montgomery AL. It’s one of the most historic cities in the state and recently celebrated its 200th year since being founded. Founded in 1819, the city was officially announced the capital in 1846.

Situated along the Alabama River and Gun Island Chute, Montgomery can be found in central Alabama. It’s about 100 miles south of Birmingham, about 210 miles northwest of Tallahassee FL, and about 180 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Today, there are roughly 200,000 citizens living in Montgomery AL, making it the third-largest city in the state of Alabama. It’s only a few thousand people short of Huntsville and about 10,000 people short of Birmingham.

Finding Hotels in Montgomery AL

If you were to fly into Montgomery, you would want to get a plane ticket to the Montgomery Regional Airport. It’s located about nine miles from the city and can easily be accessed via the US-80 E, I-65 N, and S Perry St. You’ll be looking at about a 20 minute drive.

If you want something close to the airport, there’s a Key West Inn, Super 8, and America’s Best Inn located a few miles away -- on the way to the city. There’s also The Lattice Inn, which is a little closer to the city, but still outside the city.

Inside the city, two of our favorite hotels in Montgomery AL are Capitol Inn (if you need something on the cheaper side) or the Staybridge Suites (if you don’t mind paying a little more). The Red Bluff Cottage and Renaissance Montgomery Hotel are also excellent choices.

Exciting Things to Do in Montgomery AL

Once you find a place to call home for the next week or so, you need to start planning some exciting things to do in Montgomery AL. There’s a lot to explore and you’ll only have a limited time to get to it all, so we’ll help you by listing some of our favorites.

First, let’s take a look at some of our favorite places to eat in Montgomery:

  1. Mrs. B’s Home Cooking - get a traditional Southern plate full of some of the best food you’ll have on your trip. The name says it all, so prepare for a feast.
  2. Vintage Year - if you want an upscale taste of Montgomery, check out this meat and seafood haven that puts a delicious Southern twist on their menu.
  3. Wintzell’s Oyster House - for some tasty oysters, fried shrimp, and other Gulf Coast seafood, head on down to Wintzell’s, located right by the Chute.

Once you fill up on some of the best food in the city, you need some fun things to do in Montgomery AL so you can burn that energy. Here’s our top-three favorite places to go:

  1. Montgomery Zoo - located about four miles north of downtown, this zoo covers 40 acres and is home to over 750 animals of 140 species. You can take Ripley St and Lower Wetumpka Rd there.
  2. Civil Rights Museum - located on the corner of Washington Ave. and Hull St. is the Civil Rights Museum, one of the most historic museums in the US.
  3. Alabama State Capitol - the official state capitol building of Alabama and is located on Union St. right between Washington Ave. and Monroe St.

Now that you know all the best hotels in Montgomery AL, as well as all the best things to do in Montgomery AL, it’s time to put that knowledge to good use when selecting it as your next vacation destination.

Whether you’re going it alone, with friends, or with family, we wish you a safe trip and hope you have enough time to check out all our favorite restaurants and places to go!


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