By Shaina Amienyi
Tuscaloosa
Alabama
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Home to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, Tuscaloosa, Alabama is known for college football and being the home of the original Dreamland Bar-B-Que. The city is located along the Black Warrior River and has much more to offer vacationers than exciting football games and mouth-watering food.

The nearest commercial airport is Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), which is 60 miles from Tuscaloosa. To book your flight to Alabama’s largest airport, follow the link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to EscapeWizard.com. Also, EscapeWizard.com provides a list of top hotels to assist vacationers with booking accommodations. Visit the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to the hotel section of our website to book your accommodations.

There are a variety of places in Tuscaloosa to take the family. Some family activities that EscapeWizard.com recommends are paintball, mini-golf, camping, boating, or visiting a theme park. Vacationers with smaller children will want to take them to the children’s Hands on Museum where they are encouraged to touch the exhibits and play in them.

We, at EscapeWizard.com, guarantee that the University of Alabama Moundville Archaeological Park is a site to see. With over 200 stunning artifacts as well as innovative technological displays, the museum tells the story of Native Americans who lived along the Black Warrior River. After looking at the exhibits, enjoy the magnificent view of the Black Water River or stroll along the boardwalk of the Edward T. Douglass Nature Trail. Every year the park puts on the Moundville Native American Festival, which takes place the Wednesday through Saturday of the first full week of October. Performers, artists, and craftspeople entertain vacationers while educating them on the culture of southeast Native Americans.

If you have an interest in cars, EscapeWizard.com urges you to tour the Mercedes-Benz factory. The M-class, R-class, and GL-class Mercedes are manufactured in Tuscaloosa. The factory offers tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays and also has a visitor’s center open everyday of the week.

Football is a big part of Tuscaloosa culture. We at EscapeWizard.com recommend that football enthusiasts visit the Paul W. Bryant Museum at the University of Alabama. With 323 career wins, Paul “Bear” Bryant was once the “winningest” coach in NCAA football history and still has one of the best percentages of wins. The museum features artifacts and memorabilia that mark the long history of Alabama football. Visit the gift shop for Crimson Tide memorabilia.

Shoppers should visit Midtown Village, where you can browse stores carrying the latest fashion trends or satisfy you appetite with delicious food at case and restaurants. This unique community offers a mix of outdoor cafes, specialty stores, and restaurants along charming streets designed to give a small town feel. Vacationers wanting shopping malls can visit McFarland Mall.

If you want to enjoy your favorite cocktail, relax with friends, or work up a sweat on the dance floor, Tuscaloosa has something for you. Tuscaloosa’s nightlife is split between downtown and the university, with most of the city’s pubs, nightclubs, and bars located on or near University Boulevard.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a college town that will charm vacationers with its culture, history, and activities. Book your next vacation to Tuscaloosa by visiting the above link to EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Tuscaloosa
By Shaina Amienyi
Candlewood Suites
651 Skyland Boulevard East, Tuscaloosa, AL
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The Candlewood Suites of Tuscaloosa is a great option for travelers looking for a convenient location and comfortable, well-stocked rooms. The hotel is 6.1 miles from Tuscaloosa Regional Airport (TCL) Check into this downtown hotel at 3pm on the day you arrive and you will be assisted by a staff fluent in English, Spanish, and Hindi.

Extended stay guests will be more than satisfied with the amenities the hotel provides. For example, there is the Candlewood Cupboard, which sells breakfast foods and frozen entrees for under $5 so guests have food to cook. Full kitchens in every suite make cooking convenient and easy. There are cooking, serving, and eating utensils as well as standard appliances—a coffee maker, tea maker, fridge, microwave, toaster, stove, and dishwasher.

Most of the 76 suites come with one queen bed, but 16 contain double beds. Suites feature a dining table, separate hanging closet, separate living room, and sofa bed. The 32-inch televisions broadcast cable with premium movie channels. You can also rent movies to watch on the DVD player that comes with the room.

There is much to do around the hotel. You can borrow books from the lending library or surf the internet using complimentary wireless internet access. Enjoy the Alabama weather while hanging out by the outdoor pool and cooking on the barbeque grills. If you want to stay consistent with your workouts while on vacation, visit the on-site fitness center, which includes three cardio machines and one weight machine.

Business guests can use the 516-square foot meeting space to host events and prepare in the 24-hour business center with free access to high-speed internet. The meeting room is equipped with projectors, a whiteboard, a DVD player, a microphone, and more. There are two sales and meeting professionals on-site to assist guests with any equipment or planning issues.

The Candlewood Suites of Tuscaloosa is dedicated to providing guests with a comfortable, worry-free experience. The friendly, helpful staff, well-appointed rooms, and amenities the hotel offers make it an excellent choice for vacationers. Book your stay at the Candlewood Suites by clicking on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Tuscaloosa
By Sandy O'Neal
Holiday Inn Express
1120 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL
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The Holiday Inn Express in Tuscaloosa is conveniently located nearby the University of Alabama campus.  It is also surrounded by great places to shop and dine.  The hotel is just 7 miles from the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport.  Check in is 4:00 p.m. and check out is noon.

The hotel has 109 guest rooms covering 4 floors with all interior access.  Room amenities may vary depending on your room selection.  Typical room amenities include TV, work desk and high speed internet access with wireless capabilities.  The refreshment area is equipped with a coffee maker, microwave oven and mini refrigerator.

When you need office conveniences while you travel, you’ve found the right place.  The business center is equipped with a PC with internet access, copier, fax machine, and printer.  There is also wireless internet access if you want to bring your own laptop. 

Continue your workout routine while away from with a visit to the fitness center.  The fitness center is equipped with a treadmill, elliptical, and cycling machines.  You can watch TV while working out, or enjoy a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool.

If you are looking for a place to hold an impromptu business meeting during your stay, the hotel is equipped to meet your needs.  The conference room can accommodate up to 24 people and the boardroom will seat 10.  The meeting rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi access, a DVD Player, digital projector, flip chart and markers, a lectern, modem lines, and a whiteboard. 

Before you head out the door in the morning, plan some time to enjoy a complimentary breakfast.  What’s on the menu?  Scrumptious cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon, fresh fruit and pastries.

All in all, the Holiday Inn Express in Tuscaloosa is an excellent choice.  EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next stay by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Tuscaloosa
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Hilton Garden Inn Tuscaloosa
800 Hollywood Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, AL
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Just minutes from the University of Alabama campus, and very close to downtown Tuscaloosa, the Hilton Garden Inn Tuscaloosa hotel provides a convenient home base for those exploring the area. This hotel is close to many local businesses and corporations, including Mercedes Benz International and Peco Foods; it is just five miles from the Bryant Conference Center. You will also find it easy to visit the Paul 'Bear' Bryant Museum, Lake Lurleen State Park, Ol Colony Golf Course and several shopping centers.

The guest rooms offer two queen or one king bed; suites are also available which have a separate sitting area with a sleeper sofa and wet bar. You are sure to get a great night’s sleep on the Garden Sleep System bed, featured in all rooms. You will also enjoy complimentary high speed internet access throughout the hotel and in your room. Relax and be entertained while watching the 32 inch flat screen TV with On-Demand movies and video games, or get some work done on the large desk. You will find two phones with voicemail, remote printing availability, and a complimentary newspaper delivered on weekdays.

The Great American Grill® Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, and serves Southern cuisine and daily specials. They also provide room service is you prefer to stay in. The Pavilion Lounge is the perfect place to grab a cocktail in the evening. In the lobby you will find the Pavilion Pantry, open 24 hours a day. Here you can purchase snacks, frozen meals and beverages, as well personal products and medicine.

The Hilton Garden Inn Tuscaloosa hotel is also a great place to host your meeting or event for groups up to 100 people. There is a Business Center which is open 24 hours a day. You can also enjoy the fitness center and indoor pool.

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