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Selma to Montgomery Highway

US 80, Selma, AL
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Ranked #7 of 12 Attractions in Selma
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: It was on this stretch of U.S. 80 that protestors led by Martin Luther King marched from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
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Brier, Washington
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The National Park Service runs a very engaging museum with video and traditional displays. We learned a lot about the march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights and how this area ended up hosting a tent city for those blacks who finally were able to get the right to vote, but were then kicked of their share-cropping or tenent... More

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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Let's get one things straight, this is not one of America's scenic highways. THAT IS NOT THE POINT. You're not there to oogle the views. The point is to commemorate the 5-day walk that dedicated, determined, and oppressed people took to insist they be treated as equal human beings. it's a drive to teach you about commitment, overcoming odds, tolerating... More

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Abilene, Texas
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99 reviews 99 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We drove the the highway, US 80, from Montgomery to Selma backwards to the direction of the marchers in 1965. In several spots their campground are marked. My daughter was amazed that people would undertake such a feat.

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Rockford, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Seeing the actual bridge and route that the peaceful marchers walked was very somber. We thought how brave were these people who were willing to endure so much. Bloody Sunday was a shameful day for our nation. The interpretive centers were very informative and very friendly. Selma is a small town but it had several small restaurants to eat lunch.

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New York City, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I drove this highway in reverse - from Montgomery to Selma. Montgomery is a surprisingly nice city - good architecture, decent revitalization downtown. Nice restaurants and hotels. The highway to Selma itself is a standard highway, although there are historic markers along the way. Selma is also a pretty town, although very, very depressed at this point. Good architecture, a... More

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

This visitor centers in Selma and (better) in Lowndes County, tell the story of ordinary people taking on entrenched and brutal authority for a basic civil right. Don't go for pastoral views or tourist amenities. Go to understand that, just 50 years ago in America, the struggle for the right to vote involved murder, beatings, eviction, and raw courage to... More

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Pensacola, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Parts of this drive were pretty countryside, but the road itself is bumpy and badly in need of repair. There were many construction zone signs, but no other evidence of improvements being made. It's disappointing to me that the surrounding communities haven't taken pride and made more of an effort to preserve this historically significant route. Trash and debris littered... More

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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

A country road, without even great scenery. No tourist amenities, just a few run down gas stations. There are many more scenic regions in NE Alabama to enjoy.

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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

We have found this drive to be quiet, not much traffic, and time to reflect on the journey's end.

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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012 via mobile

You must take this route, for me it put things into perspective. To actually travel the entire route in which the marchers took was a humbling experience. I agree with the previous post, it will be great to have a map of the route

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