THE BEST WAY TO TRACE THE PATH
From LAX, AirTran and Delta offer nonstop service to Atlanta, and US Airways, Delta, Continental and Frontier offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $374. Direct service (stop, no change of plane) to Birmingham, Ala., is offered on Southwest, and connecting service is offered on Continental, Delta, American and Southwest. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $310.
LAX, AirTran and Delta offer nonstop service to Atlanta, and US Aiways, Delta, Continental and Frontier offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $374. Direct service (stop, no change of plane) to Birmingham, Ala., is offered on Continental, Delta, America and Southwest. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $310. The 250-mile route of the Freedom Rides, beginning in Atlanta and and stopping in Anniston, Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala., is easily driven on interstates, but allow three days for touring. If you're taking Greyhound, find discount fares at .
WHAT TO DO
Anniston, Ala.: Exhibits will be posted in the former Greyhound and Trailways stations by early May. By bus, you can disembark near the exhibits, but the bus will not wait; you must catch a later bus to continue your trip. A new Freedom Rider park opens later this year at the bus-burning site on Alabama 202, six miles west of town. Classic on Noble, 1024 Noble St.; (256) 237-5388, http://www.classiconnoble.com
Birmingham: The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, (205) 328-9696, http://www.bcri.org, is adjacent to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, (205) 251-9402, http://www.16thstreetbaptist.org, and Kelly Ingram Park. For dinner, Highlands Bar & Grill (2011 11th Ave. South,  939-1400, http://www.highlandsbarandgrill.com) and Hot and Hot Fish Club (2180 11th Court South,  933-5474) have won national honors. The Tutwiler ( 322-2100, http://www.thetutwilerhotel.com) is near the Civil Rights District.
Montgomery: The Freedom Ride Museum in the historic Montgomery Bus Station museum opens May 20, (334) 242-3184, http://www.montgomerybusstation.org. Visitors are welcome at First Baptist Church, 347 N. Ripley, (334) 264-6921, and the Dexter Parsonage Museum, (334) 261-3270, http://www.dexterkingmemorial.org. Other sites: Rosa Parks Museum, (334) 241-8615, montgomery.troy.edu/rosaparks/museum, and the Civil Rights Memorial, (334) 956-8200, http://www.splcenter.org/civil-rights-memorial.The Hampton Inn ( 265-1010, http://hamptoninn1.hilton.com is centrally located. Village Kitchen ( 356-3814, features farm-to-market ingredients.
TO LEARN MORE
Anniston www.spiritofanniston.org, Birmingham www.birminghamal.org, Montgomery www.visitingmontgomery.com
Planning your trip to the South
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