Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in Montgomery

Dexter Avenue Parsonage

The home of Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King has been frozen in time, a snapshot of a mid-century home complete with Mad Men–era furniture, appliances and indoor ashtrays (King was a regular smoker). The…
Memorial in Montgomery

Civil Rights Memorial Center

With its circular design crafted by Maya Lin, this haunting memorial focuses on 40 martyrs of the Civil Rights movement. Some cases remain unsolved. Martin Luther King Jr was the most famous, but there were many 'fa…
Church in Montgomery

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church

Martin Luther King Jr had only recently presided over the congregation at this church when he was chosen to lead the Montgomery bus boycott – precisely because he was a relative unknown. Visitors are treated to a so…
Museum in Montgomery

Rosa Parks Museum

This museum, set in front of the bus stop where Mrs Parks took her stand, features a video re-creation of that pivotal moment that launched the 1955 boycott. The experience is very managed – you're given a small opp…
Museum in Montgomery

Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum

The writers' home from 1931 to 1932 now houses first editions, translations and original artwork by Zelda from her sad last days when she was committed to a mental health facility. Unlike many 'homes of famous peopl…
American in Montgomery

Davis Cafe

This dilapidated restaurant leans precariously on a lonely street, but ignore the structural instability and step in: you'll find a Montgomery institution serving Southern breakfasts and plate lunches – liver and on…
Steak in Montgomery

Central

The gourmet's choice, this stunner has an airy interior with a reclaimed-wood bar. The booths are sumptuous and these guys were doing farm to table before it was 'A Thing': the menu specializes in wood-fired fish, c…
American in Montgomery

Martin's Restaurant

This longstanding restaurant, located in a shopping plaza, is a stalwart spot for the Southern meat-and-three-(or-two): a main and a couple of side dishes. The fried chicken is legendary; have it with black-eyed pea…
Historic Building in Montgomery

Alabama State Capital

Visitors can explore several levels of Alabama history in the state's capitol building, which jukes between Greek revival and beaux-arts influences. The free, self-guided tour is quietly educational, if a little und…
Bar in Montgomery

AviatorBAR

This buzz-y bar has a good selection of beers, a convenient location downtown and an outdoor 'Sand Bar' for those who need refreshment al fresco on a faux beach. The interior is pretty unambiguously dedicated to the…