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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.

Tuscaloosa Transport

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.

Getting around

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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FAQs about car rental in Tuscaloosa

Most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Tuscaloosa

The average cost per day of renting a car in Tuscaloosa is just $36 per day.
Prices for Tuscaloosa car rentals start from just $20 per day when booking in advance with Enjoy Travel.
To rent a car in Tuscaloosa you must be at least 21. However, drivers under 25 may have to pay a surcharge.
Additional drivers can be added to your Tuscaloosa car rental agreement upon request.
Tuscaloosa is best explored with a compact car like a Kia Forte or similar.
The distance from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham is of 58 miles.
The distance from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery is of 103 miles.
The distance from Tuscaloosa to Huntsville is of 156 miles.
Tuscaloosa is a city in Tuscaloosa County located in the State of Alabama.
Speed limit in Tuscaloosa is 40 mph.
Tuscaloosa AL has an area of 71.9 square miles.
Tuscaloosa AL is famous as the "Druid City" because of its numerous water oaks.
The temperature in Tuscaloosa typically varies from 36°F to 91°F.