So here I am, driving my way down south… Extremely tired, and slightly regretting going out the night before. My original goal is to get to the Rosa Parks Museum when it opens at 9am. Now, this meant waking up at like 6, and being out of the hotel at by the latest 6:30…. Well, 6 am came and went and I pressed snooze, a few times and happily slumbered until 8am. After bargaining with myself and my alarm, I set off for my new location.
When I finally reached Montgomery, I was pleasantly surprised by the time! Lucky for me, the time changed and not only did I get to sleep in, but I got an extra hour of time. Now when I got to the museum which is right by where Rosa Parks was arrested, I was energized, and ready to explore.
Its a small museum, compared to some of the sprawling NYC museums, but its very informative. It has a children, and adults wing if your only traveling with adults make sure you visit the children’s wing too because it is worth it. Don’t be put off by the name “children’s” its not only for kids, its more like designed with kids in mind.
After getting a tour of post wings (which is included as part of your ticket) you are allowed to walk around by yourself, to read some of the accounts, records and original documents that they have on display. They have some very very cool documents here, unfortunately pictures were prohibited 🙁 . So even though I have no proof, you just have to trust me on this one and check it out! In total we spent a little over 2 hours in the museum and we felt like that was sufficient. Also, when you make sure you check out the artist showcase room, there was some really creative and thought provoking art there. One of the things I loved about Alabama was just how historical of a place it is, it felt like almost every few blocks in downtown Alabama had a historical marker and a special place in the history books. The minute I drove into the city center, I was greeted by beautiful historical houses, with large veranda’s, columns and a lot of good ol’ Southern Hospitality. For me, traveling is a way to explore a new culture, to visit moments, places, events that (in this case) were mentioned in high school history books and classes.
It’s visiting these historical locations that really make the past come to life for me, and thats part of why I love to explore … So when I was planning my Road Trip, I wanted to visit the south to learn more about America’s history … I didn’t come on this trip to be a resident, I drove across the country to be a tourist!
The next stop for this tourist? A walk through the South’s deep history of Civil Rights movement. Details on the National Human Rights Memorial and Selma, Alabama. Stay tuned 🙂 !
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