Alabama’s largest city is a medical and financial center, as well as a bustling hub of culture and heritage that’s famous for its beautiful golf courses, year-round calendar of entertainment, fabulous shopping and world-class dining. Just 50 miles from Birmingham, Tuscaloosa is home to the legendary University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team. The charming college town boasts a lovely historic district and educational attractions.
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What To See & Do
The University of Alabama
Various historic attractions and museums are located throughout the campus, including the Alabama Museum of Natural History.
Moundville Archaeological Park
Home to 26 large, prehistoric platform mounds, this park includes a reconstructed Native American village, nature trails and campgrounds.
Vulcan Park & Museum
Home to the world’s largest cast-iron statue, the site also features interactive exhibits and spectacular panoramic views of Birmingham.
Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa
Let your kids explore and discover the 22 exhibits in this hands-on museum.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
The state-of-the-art facility houses exhibitions of historical events from post-World War I racial segregation to present-day racial progress.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Hoover's Ross Bridge, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's crown jewel, is nestled in the peaceful valley of Shades Mountain.
Lake Lurleen State Park
Located on a 250-acre lake, this state park provides numerous options for outdoor recreation.
Rediscover the American journey for independence at this site featuring a full replica of the Oval Office and more.
Where To Stay
Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
This luxury hotel is surrounded by natural beauty and lush golf courses, just outside the city.
Located in Moundville Archaeological Park, this campground is open year-round.
Perfectly placed on the University of Alabama campus, it is the only full-service hotel in the Tuscaloosa area.
This inn and conference center has 57 rooms, a meeting space and other amenities.
Where To Eat
Just south of the University of Alabama sits the original Dreamland Bar-B-Que. This restaurant now boasts eight locations.
Fans of the book Fried Green Tomatoes know that this place was the inspiration for Fannie Flagg's story of love, loss and life in the South.
Highlands Bar and Grill
Since 1982, Frank Stitt's Highlands Bar and Grill has been the premier spot to entertain guests and celebrate special occasions.
Family recipes and local ingredients have earned Cypress Inn a spot among the Top 10 Catfish Restaurants in America.
Located right outside of Birmingham, Bessemer enjoys a rich history and boasts a broad array of companies and businesses with diverse backgrounds. Known as “The Marvel City,” Bessemer lies in the iron ore and limestone district of Alabama, in the southern part of Jones Valley.
Twenty-five miles east of Birmingham is Columbiana, a small town that’s rich in Southern history and hospitality. A trip to Columbiana would not be complete without a tour of the Old Shelby County Courthouse, which was built in 1854, and the Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington, which houses a fine collection of heirlooms from America’s first family.
Home to U.S. Steel’s Fairfield Works, Fairfield was founded in 1910 and President Theodore Roosevelt spoke at the city’s dedication ceremony. Baseball player Willie Mays also attended school in Fairfield and graduated from Fairfield Industrial High School. This city currently has a population of more than 11,000.
When plans were made in the late 1950s to widen Highway 31 southward from Birmingham, William Hoover knew that things were about to change for the largely undeveloped area just south of Vestavia Hills. He bought as many acres of land as he could, opened an insurance company, and thus planted the seed that grew into the city of Hoover.
Home to the legendary NASCAR Alabama Gang, this city also has a part in the steel-making and coal-mining history of Jefferson County. Boasting a population of more than 16,000, this city is located about 20 minutes from downtown Birmingham. Hueytown also made international headlines in 1992 with the “Hueytown Hum,” an unexplained low-frequency hum heard in the city…
Located adjacent to Birmingham, Irondale has a population of more than 12,300. Fried Green Tomatoes, written by Irondale native Fannie Flagg, is loosely based on the town and the Irondale Cafe. This city is also home to the headquarters of the Catholic broadcaster Eternal Word Television Network.
The city of Montevallo is the kind of place many Americans would consider their dream hometown. With a population of about 5,000, Montevallo offers the best of small-town life quality within only a 45-minute drive of Birmingham, Alabama’s largest metropolitan area. With the state’s only public liberal-arts university, the University of Montevallo, located in the he…
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Getting there by plane
Getting there by car
Getting there by bus or train
Birmingham serves as the state’s major hub of air travel. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport offers 130 daily flights to 51 airports in 48 cities throughout the United States.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212
Tuscaloosa is accessible via Interstate 59.
Greyhound offers daily bus service, including holidays, to and from Tuscaloosa. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station. Hours of operation are subject to change. Call to verify information before making travel plans.
7022 Highway 82 E.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Amtrak offers daily train service to and from its station located in Tuscaloosa. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station.
2105 Greensboro Ave.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401