Located in West Central Alabama on the banks of the scenic Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa has been named one of the country's best places to live by Money magazine -- and we think visitors here will enjoy it just as much as the locals.
Home to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa is the place to be in the fall: visitors will appreciate the area's moderate temperatures while the action heats up at U of A's Bryant-Denny Stadium, where some of the best in college gridiron action takes place.
In addition to featuring great college athletics, the University is also home to a variety of museums and historic houses that are open to the public. Explore Alabama's geology and paleontology at the Alabama Museum of Natural History, or peruse the Ferguson Center Art Gallery. Or enjoy performances from the University of Alabama's School of Music or Department of Dance and Theater.
Off campus, Tuscaloosa offers further opportunities for visitors to enjoy art museums and antebellum architecture. Other museums are dedicated to specific interests. The Aliceville Museum tells the story of a World War II-era German POW camp. And artifacts from documents of an 1860 slave auction to photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. and handprints of Louis Black are displayed at the Safe House Black History Museum in nearby Greensboro.
When it comes to food, Tuscaloosa caters to a wide variety of tastes, but visitors looking for a true Tuscaloosa taste won't want to miss the original Dreamland Barbeque, a local legend! Visitors can also enjoy locally grown produce and even visit farms growing blueberries or vine-ripened tomatoes. Visit the petting farm and wildlife center at Critter Creek Farm, or see the largest snapdragon farm in the south!