Montgomery is a river city rich in southern history and entertainment, where cotton was once king; a legendary country music king, Hank Williams lived; and a young Martin Luther King became a Civil Rights leader.
Cotton grew in the fields in 1861 at the time gallant Southern politicians gathered at the State Capitol in Montgomery and formed the Confederate States of America. Tour the historic Capitol building and the First White House of the Confederacy.
Almost 100 years later, in 1954, Martin Luther King Jr., moved to Montgomery to become pastor of a small church on this same street. In Montgomery he met Rosa Parks and in 1955 became a civil rights leader during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Tour the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church and Parsonage as well as the Rosa Parks Library and Museum.
Ten years later, MLK would lead 25,000 demonstrators from Selma to Montgomery in the 1965 Voting Rights March. Look for points along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail: They include the City of St. Jude, the final campsite of the march (and the star-studded rally around it).
In 1937, between the time period of the American Civil War and MLK’s time in Montgomery, Hank Williams moved to the city and started his music career. The Hank Williams Museum is located in the Alley entertainment district where you can stroll from the Riverwalk along the Alabama River to the Alleyway behind Commerce Street for dining and entertainment including Sous la Terre, a weekend basement club that opens at midnight and closes at sunrise.
Montgomery has a compact and walkable downtown. Stay in one of Montgomery's hotels in the city center and you can walk to the many restaurants and interesting historical sites with ease.