Historic Montgomery

Historic One-Day Itinerary

Montgomery is known for being the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, but if you’ve already explored that part of our city check out this itinerary to round out the historical significance of Alabama’s capital city. We’ll take you on a journey that will help you connect the dots and discover how every piece of our city is intricately connected to all the history it is a part of. 


Learn about the state’s history at the Museum of Alabama, the only destination where you can explore Alabama’s past from prehistory to the present. Continue on your journey across the street and visit the first White House of the Confederacy, the executive residence of President Jefferson Davis and family while the capitol of the Confederacy was in Montgomery. A little further sits the Alabama State Capitol, completed in 1851, this National Historic Landmark is a museum of state history and politics.


Walk down historic Dexter Avenue and grab lunch at the famous Chris’ Hotdogs, where both Martin Luther King Jr. and Hank Williams were frequent customers. 


Step back to the 19th and early 20th century with a visit to Old Alabama Town; these carefully restored homes and buildings provide a glimpse into how early Alabamians lived and worked. Next, take a short trip around One Court Square and admire the Court Square Fountain. The cast iron fountain, constructed sometime in the 1800s, contains statues based on Greek mythology; the entire structure rest on top of an artesian well native Alabamians used long before the area was settled. As you complete your loop around One Court Square, stop and take a picture with the stoic Rosa Parks Statue and be reminded of how one woman stood up for justice and changed the world. As you continue your journey up Dexter Avenue, do not miss the chance to grab a cup of locally roasted coffee at Prevail Union, Alabama’s best coffee, according to Food & Wine Magazine. 


Spend your evening dining at one of the many options in the downtown entertainment district, afterwards grab a cocktail and sit on the patio of the Exchange Bar and enjoy the hustle and bustle of downtown Montgomery while listening to live music by the fire pit.

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