Montgomery & Selma

From the Civil War to civil rights, Montgomery has played a role in some of the most significant events and achievements in Alabama history. Selma is the Old South with a new attitude. It’s the perfect place to relax, shop, and play all in one visit.

Topping the list of must-see attractions is the historic state Capitol building, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his moving speech following the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which served as the walkway for that same march.


In 1819, when the city of Montgomery was established on the banks of the Alabama River, it made its very first mark on the timeline of history. It would certainly not be it’s last. In almost two centuries since this city steeped in Southern charm has been the site of events and accomplishments that changed the whole country. Thanks to a thriving cotton trade in the area, Montgomery grew and prospered, living up to Dexter’s dream in 1846, when it replaced Tuscaloosa as the state’s capital. Today, Dexter Avenue, named in honor of Andrew Dexter, bisects the center of downtown Montgomery and terminates at the majestic dome of the State Capitol building.

Explore life in the 19th-century South at Old Alabama Town, sample the city’s artsy side at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts or spend the day reliving the era of Civil Rights. Literary buffs will be wowed by the Fitzgerald Museum, while kids will want to spend hours at the Montgomery Zoo. Everyone will enjoy the delicious southern cuisine, from black-eyed pea soup to country ham and red-eyed gravy. Fancy or no-frills, a visit to Montgomery will leave you with a taste for more.

Montgomery makes a great home base for exploring many important Civil Rights sites:

Montgomery to Selma: Much of the Civil Rights story can be revisited in Montgomery. But even more can be found along the National Civil Rights Trail, which links Montgomery to nearby Selma. Once in Selma, tour compelling sites like the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church & King Monument and the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Montgomery to Tuskegee: A daytrip to Tuskegee offers a glimpse of heroism at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Educational accomplishments are also honored in Tuskegee at “The Oaks,” home of Booker T. Washington, and at the George Washington Carver Museum.


Sitting on the banks of the Alabama River and surrounded by forests and fields teeming with wildlife, Selma offers an abundance of outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing opportunities to fulfill any sportsman’s dreams. Try your luck at the Dallas County State Public Fishing Lake, a 100-acre gem offering excellent fishing year round. History lives on every corner, with more than a century of stories predating the Civil War, Selma has more than its fair share of historic sites that are also haunted.

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