Welcome to Alabama, the Yellowhammer State, known for its lush beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. As well as its rich history, warmth, and old-world charm, Alabama has much to offer visitors.
The formation of the Confederate States of America centered on Montgomery in Alabama. The state, thus, has its share of Civil War memorials to visit.
Here are the important cities of Alabama and their attractions:
Birmingham – Birmingham is the most populous city in Alabama. It is an important banking center and one of the most important trading hubs in the region. In the 1950s and 1960s, this city was the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the city’s Museum of Art are two of its greatest attractions. Do not forget to visit the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Botanical Gardens, or catch a glimpse of the Vulcan Statue – the world’s largest iron-ore statue.
Alabama’s capital city is, Montgomery. The Alabama State Capitol is worth a visit, but you simply cannot miss out on The Civil War era house of Jefferson Davis – the First White House of the Confederacy. The Civil Rights Memorial and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts are other crowd pullers. Spend your evenings at the Riverfront or stroll through the Jasmine Hill Gardens. The MOOseum – a museum showcasing the cattle and cowboy culture of Alabama is an educational experience.
Mobile – The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is the star attraction of the city of Mobile. The History of Mobile Museum, the Old City Hall, Fort Conde, and the Mobile Carnival Museum are favorites of history lovers while the Botanical Gardens and Bienville Square are a nature lover’s delight.
Huntsville – Home to the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville is often called the Rocket Capital. Do not miss the Monte Sano State Park, the US veteran’s Memorial, and the Earlyworks Museum Complex.
Dothan – If you love your peanut butter, do not miss visiting Dothan – the peanut Capital of the World. Do attend the largest peanut festival in the country and enjoy mindboggling foods made of peanut
Monroeville – Next on our stop is Monroeville, often called the Literary Capital of Alabama. This is the town on which Harper Lee modeled Maycomb, the setting of her award-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Auburn – Alabama is a state of football lovers. Auburn University has bagged two national championships. Do catch up with your favorite high school football teams in Auburn.
Alabama draws over 20 million visitors each year. The state’s balmy beaches are some of its best attractions. Be it lounging on the white sands or having a picnic with your family and friends Alabama beaches are among the top holiday destinations in the southern part of the country. Here are some of the beaches with the best views and the greatest number of visitors –
- Orange Beach
- Dauphin Island Park and Beach
- Gulf Shores Main Public Beach
- Fort Morgan Beach
- Cotton Bayou Beach
- West Beach
The beaches of Alabama are undoubtedly great attractions, but the state is not devoid of greenery and natural beauty. There are about 22 state parks in Alabama – each one of these offers the nature lover the chance to experience its rich biolife. The nature preserves in the state are perfect for hiking and the natural beauty of the state is breathtaking. Some of the popular state parks in Alabama include –
- Baldon State Park
- Buck’s Point State Park
- Cheaha State Park
- Gulf State Park
- Joe Wheeler State Park
- Monte Sano State Park
- Oak Mountain State Park
- Rickwood Caverns State Park
- Wind Creek State Park
When in Alabama, you may wish to stay at the best hotels and sample some of the famous southern hospitality. Take your pick from –
- Embassy Suites by Hilton, Birmingham
- Staybridge Suites Eastchase, Montgomery
- Holiday Inn Express, Montgomery
- The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, Mobile
- The Westin Huntsville, Huntsville
- The Hotel at Auburn University, Auburn
- Hampton Inn, Winfield
- The Shores at Orange Beach