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Montgomery (Alabama)

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Montgomery is the capital of Alabama, USA. The city is located along the Alabama River in the centre of the state and has a little over 200,000 inhabitants in the city itself and around 375,000 in the metropolitan area.



Sights and Activities

Legendary country singer/songwriter Hank Williams began his short, but successful musical career in Montgomery in 1937 (he died in 1953 at the age of 29). Vistors to Montgomery can view a large collection of memorabilia at the Hank Williams Museum on Commerce Street, a life-size statue located in Lister Hill Park, and the Hank Williams Gravesite and Memorial a short distance away at the Oakwood Cemetery on Upper Wetumpka Road.




Montgomery has a humid subtropical climate. Temperatures range from around 15 °C in winter to 33 °C in summer though the absolute records are -18 °C and 42 °C. Average lows are just above zero in winter and above 20 °C in summer. Precipitation averages around 1,400mm a year and is evenly distributed throughout the year. Snow is possible in winter but not very common.

Avg Max13.5 °C16 °C20.3 °C24.7 °C28.3 °C31.9 °C32.8 °C32.4 °C30.6 °C25.7 °C20.4 °C15.7 °C
Avg Min2.1 °C3.8 °C7.6 °C11.6 °C16 °C19.9 °C21.9 °C21.6 °C18.9 °C11.8 °C7 °C3.7 °C
Rainfall118.9 mm139.2 mm159 mm114 mm99.6 mm99.1 mm131.8 mm93.7 mm103.9 mm62.2 mm103.6 mm132.1 mm
Rain Days97.



Getting There

By Plane

Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) has a few flights to Charlotte, Atlanta and Dallas..

By Bus

Check Greyhound for possible connections.



Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.





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Keep Connected


There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.


See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.


The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.


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