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Fort Benning Introduction

Fort Benning has been name-checked in “M*A*S*H”, captured on film in “The Green Berets,” and credited as a documentary source in the making of “Black Hawk Down.” Life in Fort Benning revolves around the famous US Army base of the same name; this elite institution has been training soldiers for combat since 1918, as well as providing a home for their families, retirees, and civilian employees. In 2005, the base became the groundbreaking Maneuver Center of Excellence, combining the Armor School, formerly at Fort Knox, and the Infantry School into one dedicated unit.

Hotels in Fort Benning

Since the majority of visitors tend to stay for just a few days—most often, in order to visit family in the military—the majority of Fort Benning hotels are geared towards providing convenience and good value. You’ll find all the favorite national chains here, most of them handily located near to major highways. Discount hotels in Fort Benning typically offer on-site facilities such as swimming pools and restaurants that allow you to relax in style without breaking the bank. Enjoy life’s little luxuries with a family suite in a mid-range inn, or spread out in a spacious motel with parking right outside your door.

Where to stay

The US Army base itself is off limits to overnight guests, so hotels in Fort Benning are mainly situated along the site’s northern periphery on Route 280, toward the neighboring city of Columbus. Reliable hostelries like Econo Lodge Inn & Suites At Ft. Benning and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Columbus Fort Benning offer comfortable rooms with easy access to the base. Alternatively, stay in Columbus, home of the National Infantry Museum, and extend your visit with a few days in this friendly Georgia community—downtown provides a variety of accommodations, from cozy inns to upscale suites, while the area around the airport has a great selection of budget brands.

Things to see

Get a fascinating overview of the storied army base at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, which documents over 2 centuries of US Army history. Visitors of all ages will be transfixed by the interactive exhibits, artifacts, and monuments on display in this free-to-enter museum. Witness the changing face of combat, with pieces documenting the Spanish-American war of 1898, 2 World Wars, the Cold War era, and the superpower conflicts of the late 20th century. You can also pay your respects at the Vietnam Memorial Plaza and see the Ranger Hall of Honor, which preserves historic artifacts and memorabilia from the US Army Rangers. Complete your journey of discovery with a well-deserved snack in the Fife & Drum Restaurant. The more scientifically minded will enjoy the Coca-Cola Space Science Museum; this institution is also located in Columbus and offers visitors hands-on exhibits and the chance to enjoy a simulated mission.

How to get to Fort Benning

The best way to travel to Fort Benning is by private transportation, since you’ll find it easier to get around under your own steam once you arrive. Set the satnav for Columbus on Interstate 185—the Army base is around 7 miles south of downtown along Route 280. The nearest airport is Columbus Metropolitan Airport, which provides connecting flights to Atlanta. Taxis are on hand at the terminal to whisk you to your hotel or direct to the base; alternatively, pick up a hire car from the on-site counters in the airport building.