Capital of Alabama, Montgomery is a premier historical, cultural and recreational hub, boasting world class theater, museums, family activities, and fine Southern food. The cityеs unique trolley service offers convenient transport for those touring the many sights of the downtown area.
The regional Montgomery Airport offers local services; while the largest airport in the state is Birmingham International Airport, with direct service from 50 cities in the US. Both airports also offer car rental as well as national travel deals. Amtrak's Crescent route goes from New York City to New Orleans, while the Sunset Limited runs from Florida to California; both pass through Montgomery. The major interstate highway connecting Montgomery to the rest of Alabama is the north-south I-65. Alternatively, I-85 heads east from the city.
Old Alabama Town and De Tonti Square comprise a neighbourhood of historic homes. Also of interest, the Alabama Department of Archives and History features hands-on galleries and exhibits of artefacts documenting Alabamaеs history from early Indian tribes to the Civil Rights Movement. The Alabama State Capitol, designated a national historic landmark, is also worth visiting, as is the Civil Rights Memorial in the front plaza of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park, a national historic landmark, is 16kms north of Montgomery. Here you'll find the William Bartram Arboretum, along with a museum, a French colonial fort, some historic buildings and an Indian mound. Several 'living history' re-enactments take place here annually; while the nature trails, campgrounds and boat launch can be enjoyed all the time.
Alabama's Black Heritage Trail is divided into three cities and well worth exploring by rental car in Montgomery. East of Montgomery is Tuskegee's sights on the trail, and include the famous Tuskegee University and the Booker T Washington gravesite.
If you've had enough sightseeing, rest at Jasmine Hill Gardens, also known as 'Alabama's Little Corner of Greecе. The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and the Montgomery Ballet present classical performances while the Armory Learning Arts Center houses the Alabama Dance Theatre. The Alabama Artists Gallery highlights works of regional artists, and is well worth a stroll.
Driving a rental car to Montgomery through unfamiliar territory can put travellers at risk of accidents. Additionally, participating in outdoor sports can place you in danger of injury. It's wise to take out travel insurance and watch for national travel deals when visiting Montgomery by car rental.