Flights to Montgomery
Montgomery is the state capital of Alabama and the second largest city in this Southern US state. Montgomery offers history, culture and warm weather to its visitors.
The Montgomery Regional Airport (airport code: MGM) is a fairly small airport but there are services with several major airlines for flights to Montgomery from South Africa. Flying with Virgin Atlantic or British Midland will take you through London and then Charlotte, but a flight with South African Airways stops in Munich and Atlanta. You could also get a flight to Montgomery with KLM, Northwest Airlines or Delta Airlines. The journey will take between 25 and 30 hours, depending on which airline you choose.
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The Tourist Attractions in Montgomery:
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
The oldest fine arts museum in Alabama, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts was established in 1930 and has one of the best collections in this region of the United States. In the permanent collection are American art and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as Southern regional art and master prints from European masters.
The Hank Williams Museum
A museum of a very different kind here in Montgomery is the Hank Williams Museum. The iconic country music singer is buried here in Montgomery, at the Oakwood Cemetery, and you can also see a life size statue of Williams in downtown Montgomery. The museum itself contains one of the largest collections of Hank Williams memorabilia in the world.
The well established Montgomery Zoo was founded in the 1920’s and after a location move and major expansion this zoo now offers over 500 species of animals. There are exhibits featuring animals from around the world, such as kangaroos and wallabies in the Australia section, Bengal Tigers in Asia, many different species in Africa and South America, and popular species such as black bear, bald eagle, elk, lynx, bison and more in North America.
Old Alabama Town
A great place to experience some of the history of Montgomery, and Alabama as a whole, is in the area called Old Alabama Town. Stretching along six blocks in the heart of the historic downtown of the city this is an area of relocated buildings representing some of the best in the state and depicting a great cross section of society and architecture. You will see some of the most elegant homes right down to the most basic pioneer homes.
Alabama State Capitol
At one end of the Old Alabama Town area is the Alabama State Capitol. This impressive building was completed in 1851 after the original state capitol building on this site burned to the ground. As well as being Alabama State Capitol, it has the title of First Confederate Capitol as it was the Capitol of the Confederacy in 1861. On the top step there is a commemorative brass marker to mark the spot where Jefferson Davis swore his oath as the first and only President of the Confederate States of America. The building is partly open to the public – you can go inside the entry foyer and see some of the older parts of the building including the old Governor’s Office and the old State Supreme Court.
When Should You Visit?:
If you like warm weather then Montgomery is a city that can be visited throughout the year. The humid subtropical climate means that summers are hot and humid, lasting from mid-May all the way into September. The hottest month, July, has average high temperatures of 34C, though this is also one of the wettest months of the year. October and November are nice months to visit Montgomery as the weather is mild, humidity lower and rainfall lower.