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You might assume that a place nicknamed ‘the Druid City’ would be found in ancient Gaul, but the city in question – Tuscaloosa – is actually in the US state of Alabama. Once the capital of the state, this city is still a thriving hub of art and culture. It has a rich history dating back to the Civil War, as well as a thriving economic and commercial landscape in the present day. Pack your bags for a lore-filled trip to this budding metropolis. Book your Tuscaloosa car rental in advance with Enjoy Travel for a seamless trip.
Guide to Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa is part of the Tuscaloosa Metropolitan Statistical Area in western Alabama. The city is built along the Black Warrior River, and Lake Tuscaloosa, one of the region’s most beautiful bodies, is within its borders.
Climate in Tuscaloosa
Being in the American South, Tuscaloosa experiences hot and humid summers between May and September, and moderate winters between December and January.
Tuscaloosa gets its name from the 15th-century Choctaw chief Tuskaloosa, whose name roughly translates to ‘black warrior.’
Things to do in Tuscaloosa
Explore the incredible museums
Tuscaloosa is home to a number of museums, the most notable of which are the Alabama Museum of Natural History and the Murphy African American Museum. The former was built 150 years ago and boasts exhibits from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. It houses many fossils of ancient mammals and dinosaurs, the most famous of which are a mastodon skull and a replica of the ancient whale Basilosaurus. The Murphy African American Museum is located in what was once the house of Will Murphy, the first black mortician in the city. Inside, you’ll find multiple artifacts associated with black history in the region, including books, furniture, clothing, and portraits.
Visit an archaeological site
The 29 mounds at Moundville Archaeological Park were built by pre-Columbians, the same people that inhabited Cahokia, the largest city north of Mexico before the arrival of the settlers. Historians think that the mounds were used for ceremonies. This 800-year-old historic site now has its own museum and archaeological laboratory.
Spend quality time with your family
If you’re traveling with kids, be sure to visit the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre, where local children routinely stage theatrical productions. Come evening, relax and enjoy the view from the shores of Lake Tuscaloosa.
Eating out in Tuscaloosa
Ask anyone from Tuscaloosa and they’ll tell you that Dreamland BBQ serves the best hickory-fired ribs in town. This establishment, owned by a Mr. Bishop, first made its mark among college football teams. For an intimate dining experience, head to Evangeline’s Restaurant for New American fare. Do try their exquisite crab cake cardini salad. If you’d prefer beer over brunch, try The Avenue Pub. Fans of north Indian food will love the naan and tandoori chicken at Sitar Of India.
Airports in Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa has its own airport - Tuscaloosa National Airport (TCL) - but it’s quite small and not very well connected so most tourists fly to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) and then take a 53-mile car ride to Tuscaloosa.
The best way to explore the city is by car. If you don’t have your own vehicle, you have the option of hailing cabs or renting a car. We recommend the latter for greater comfort, flexibility, and value-for-money. Some of the most trusted car rental agencies in Tuscaloosa are Hertz, Avis, and Enterprise.
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