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Why rent a car in Oxford?

The city of Oxford in Alabama sits on the edge of the Talladega National Forest. Scenic drives are everywhere here and having a hire car in Oxford allows you to make the most of its great location. The city is halfway between Birmingham and Alabama on Interstate 20, which traverses southern America and links Dallas, Louisiana, central Mississippi and South Carolina. Get a rental car in Oxford and you could even take a road trip south towards New Orleans, which is a 400-mile six-hour drive away.

How to get to and around Oxford?

Fly in to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, which is 60 miles west of Oxford, a journey of about an hour. You can drive the I-20 between the two.

What brands are available?

Hertz has a collection point half a mile from central Oxford. There are also a number of car hire companies at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, including Thrifty and Dollar.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Oxford

There is a lot to see in Oxford, including the pretty lake that is surrounded by 10 pavilions, which people can use for parties, picnics and meetings. The Coldwater covered bridge, which is the oldest of its type in Alabama, is also here. Quintard Mall has shopping, restaurants and a cinema, while the fabulously named Choccolocco Creek winds its way along the outskirts of town. About 20 minutes’ drive from Oxford it the start of the Talladega Scenic Drive, which goes through the middle of the forest and up on Cheaha mountain, which at 2,407 feet above sea level is the highest point in Alabama.

Montgomery is 107 miles south, a drive of two hours. This historic city calls itself the capital of the American south and the downtown and riverfront areas have seen a transformation in recent years. Museums, restaurants and great shops sit together, and on the outskirts of the city are a number of golf courses that make up part of the popular Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. For a taste of American culture watch the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team play at the Riverwalk Stadium.

Or check out Birmingham. A 60-mile drive of about an hour from Oxford, Birmingham has a big city skyline and a great theatre district. You can also take the opportunity to follow the city’s Civil Rights Trail, which leads you through the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, which was bombed in 1963, finishing up at the Alabama Jazz hall of fame and Green Acres cafe for catfish and fried green tomatoes. Or head to northern Alabama and the city of Huntsville, two hours and 106 miles from Oxford. Dubbed Rocket City, Huntsville is home to the US Space and Rocket Centre.

Tips and tricks for driving in Oxford

Alabama has great road links and there are a number of possible driving tours and routes through the state. Traffic in and around the big cities is, as always, sticky. Alabama's maximum speed limit is 70 mph on interstate highways unless otherwise marked.

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