The capital of Alabama, Montgomery has played a pivotal role at many important points in American history. The city hosted the inauguration of Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War, and was the site of the Montgomery Bus Boycott lead by Rosa Parks, and many other civil rights events lead by activists like Martin Luther King, Jr.
As the city is so steeped in history, it's no wonder that there are so many historic and cultural attractions in Montgomery. Visitors can learn about the Civil Rights Movement at the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, the Civil Rights Memorial and Center, and Dexter Parsonage Museum; and visit Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached for nearly a decade. Just an hour out of Montgomery, the town of Selma is home to the National Voting Rights Museum.
Going back further in history, the First White House of the Confederacy was once the home of Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. Old Alabama Town is a fun attraction for children in Montgomery, recreating life in a 19th-century Alabama village. Montgomery has been home to plenty of famous citizens, and there are also museums dedicated to musician Hank Williams and writers F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
Montgomery is a lovely city with plenty of green spaces, including Blount Cultural Park, Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum and the scenic Riverfront Amphitheater. Visitors can enjoy a bit of southern hospitality at any number of diners and bars, or take in a Montgomery Biscuits minor league baseball game. For a scenic view of Montgomery, take a ride on the Harriott II riverboat, which cruises on the Alabama River.
Montgomery has a humid subtropical climate, which means mild, short winters and long, hot and humid summer days. The average temperatures in winter, December to February, range between 35°F (2°C) and 61°F (16°C). The average temperatures in peak summer, June to August, range between 68°F (20°C) and 92°F (33°C), and it can feel even hotter due to high humidity. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with rain usually coming in the form of thunderstorms.
Montgomery is easy to get around on public transport, but many visitors do opt to hire cars, especially if they are planning to travel widely in the region. The Montgomery Area Transit System offers comprehensive bus services in the city and to outlying areas, and the city centre is serviced by the Lightning Route Trolley.
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