Digitorium is being held at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, which is located about an hour west of Birmingham, AL. This page provides some information about traveling to Tuscaloosa, as well as links to discounted hotel accommodation which will be available to conference participants, and a link to the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission website for details of historical sites, nature walks, and other local attractions, together with dining options and local area maps to help conference participants to make the most of your time here in Alabama.

Traveling to Tuscaloosa, AL

Tuscaloosa is located 58 miles West of Birmingham, AL, about an hour’s drive away from the nearest airport, which is the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International. The airport’s website provides information about the various carriers who fly to Birmingham, as well as details about rental cars and other ground transportation options through their Passenger Info link.

Two shuttle firms operate buses between Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) and Tuscaloosa:

Scuttle Shuttle: https://www.scuttleshuttle.com/

Birmingham Door-To-Door: https://www.birminghamdoortodoor.com/

There are also rail and bus options for traveling to Tuscaloosa, AL, and details of these can be found via the Amtrak and Greyhound websites.

Main Conference Venue

Hotel Capstone at The University of Alabama will be the site for all conference activities.

Accommodation for Digitorium

The two hotels listed below are sold out. You may want to try any of the following:

  • Courtyard by Marriott, 4115 Courtney Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL, 866-538-6252
  • Hilton Garden Inn, 800 Hollywood Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL, 866-767-0278
  • Hotel Indigo, 111 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL, 866-538-1314
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites, 4122 McFarland Blvd East, Tuscaloosa, AL, 205-349-3270
  • Microtel Inn & Suites 1417 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL, 866-573-4235
  • SpringHill Suites, 4020 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL, 866-538-9298

Blocks of rooms at Hotel Capstone and Hampton Inn Tuscaloosa-University are being held for Digitorium participants. Space is limited, so please contact one of these hotels at your earliest convenience to take advantage of one of these special rates.

Parking for Digitorium

Hotel Capstone offers onsite parking.

Dining and Tourist Attractions in Tuscaloosa, AL

Tuscaloosa is located on the banks of the Black Warrior River, and has a wealth of local history extending from the ancient Native American settlement at nearby Moundville, which was occupied from around 1000 AD until 1450 AD, to the founding of the original “Black Warrior Village” in 1580, to the city’s role as the seat of state government for Alabama from 1826 until 1846. The University of Alabama was first established in Tuscaloosa in 1827, beginning formal operations in 1831 with the enrollment of 52 students, making it the State of Alabama’s oldest public university. Today over 36,000 students are enrolled at the University of Alabama, whilst the town of Tuscaloosa is the location of Mercedes-Benz U. S. International, giving it the unusual distinction of having the only Mercedes-Benz Museum outside Germany. The Black Warrior River and surrounding countryside offer great opportunities for nature walks, and the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority website is a useful resource about local parks, river walks, and other outdoor activities available for visitors.

The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission provides useful information about the various historical, archaeological, architectural, cultural, and scientific attractions available in the local area, in addition to details of dining and shopping options, via the following link.

Entrance foyer of the second floor of Gorgas Library, University of Alabama