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An important hub for business in the west of Alabama, Tuscaloosa is a relatively small but busy city which has won many awards for its high standards of living and family-friendly environment. It's also home to the main campus for the University of Alabama, and during term time you'll see plenty of students hanging out in the cafés downtown and dreaming of their next sporting victory.

Things to see

The University of Alabama is at the heart of the city with its grand, red-bricked buildings, some of them dating back to the early 19th century when the college was founded, and plenty of green spaces where you'll find students hanging out. The campus is also the home of a natural history museum full of fascinating specimens, and several theater and music venues with a rich cultural calendar of events. One of the most popular spots is the Bryant-Denny Stadium which hosts the college famous football team, with thousands of seats for students and visitors who are eager to see the football stars of tomorrow. If basketball is more your thing then book tickets for game night at the Coleman Coliseum. Many NBA stars have started their careers on this court, and when there's a college game on the stands are packed with enthusiastic fans showing just how much this university values their sports teams.

Hotels in Tuscaloosa

There are many cheap hotels in Tuscaloosa including 1 and 2 star inns and motels. For a low nightly rate you still enjoy plenty of features, and these can include free continental breakfasts, outdoor pools, complimentary guest parking, free WiFi, 24 hour front desk services, laundry facilities, and business centers. Rooms are clean and comfortable, as well as being equipped with everything you need for a cozy night's sleep. Amenities you may find include microwaves, refrigerators, air conditioning, flat screen televisions, pay movies, and hairdryers. If you're traveling with family you can often request interconnecting rooms, and many hotels also have rollaway beds and cribs for hire.

Where to stay

Tuscaloosa has a lively downtown area with converted warehouses and historic red-bricked buildings that give it that laid back college town feel. It's also an important business district, and here you'll find a few high-rise office blocks with business people scurrying about. At night the bar scene can be lively, and there's plenty of live music and nightclubs to keep you partying, with lots of enthusiastic college students to back you up. Across the river from downtown you'll find the quieter, arty city of Northport which hosts many art exhibitions and has plenty of galleries lining the streets. With many 19th century buildings still in use, it has a charming small town atmosphere, with families and commuters often drawn here by the quieter way of life.

How to get to Tuscaloosa

Although the city has its own airport, this is mainly used for private jets such as those of the college athletic teams. However, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has flights across the major hubs of the USA, and it's less than an hour's drive from Tuscaloosa. You can also take the airport shuttle to the center of Birmingham and then take a bus to Tuscaloosa, a journey that takes just under 2 hours. Many visitors also arrive via the Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station which is on the Crescent line between New Orleans and New York City, with many stops in major cities along the way.

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