Unpretentious towns in the outskirts, Cumberland Appalachian Plateaus in north, and science centers of downtown Huntsville greet travelers to the city where the Father of the Blues had lived glorious years. History of the Civil War, Alabamian’s way of saying “Ya Don’t Say!”, kids with chaste southern etiquette, and the groovy tunes of Nate King Cole are woven into the soul of this Cotton State. Alabama has outgrown its not-so-memorable past and it’s busy living its present. And yes, there’s much pleasure in believing that the good-hearted Forrest Gump was a real-life Alabamian.
US Space & Rocket Center – Learn about historic space programs in Huntsville, known as the ‘Rocket Capital of the World.’ It showcases space artifacts, military aircraft, rocket engines, simulators, and hands-on exhibits. Some of the rockets being displayed in this center are Saturn I, V-1, Jupiter IRBM, Redstone, and Jupiter-C.
Battleship Memorial Park – Located on the western shore of Mobile Bay, this park reflects the military history of the state. Almost 700 feet long, the USS Alabama battleship is a floating museum worth visiting. In fact, the USS DRUM Submarine is the oldest submarine on display in the world.
Huntsville Botanical Garden – Situated near the US Space & Rocket Center, this botanical garden has a seasonal butterfly house, flower gardens, and nature trails. Take a walk down the meandering paths and you will encounter at least 170 species of ferns.
Birmingham Zoo – Opened in April 1955, this 122-acre zoological park is home to 950 animals of 230 species. It features numerous endangered species from six continents. Dogwood tree trail and vegetable gardens attract large number of tourists each year.
McWane Science Center – This state-of-the-art entertainment center is perhaps one of the best places to find the remains of dinosaurs. Perfect for family outings, IMAX Dome theater intensifies the adventure with its 5-story-tall screen and high-intensity speakers.
Birmingham Civil Rights Museum Institute, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, The Twickenham Historic District, Alabama Theatre, Alabama State Capitol, Civil Rights Memorial, and Mobile Bay are other frequently visited tourist attractions in the state.
This state has everything from lakes, rivers, and mountains to canyons, beaches, and golf courses.
Backpacking in Nature Parks – With 28 state parks and 4 forests, this state is in the itinerary of hikers, trekkers, and campers. Little River Canyon National Preserve, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, and Cheaha State Park draw visitors for recreational activities like swimming in natural springs, fishing and boating in lakes, picnicking near camp sites, and mountain-biking in deep terrains.
Visiting Gulf Shores – Mobile, a historic port city in the southernmost tip of Alabama near the Gulf of Mexico, is known for its white sand beaches. It might be a surprise to you but these beaches are as glorious as in Florida.
Experiencing Alabama Road Trips – Update your playlist of country music and ride your way into the great outdoors of Alabama.
Following are the major airports in Alabama with best commercial services –
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM)
Huntsville International Airport (HSV)
Mobile Regional Airport (MOB)
Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM)
Dothan Regional Airport (DHN)
Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport (TCL)
This state is located in the southern US and bordered by Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, and Gulf of Mexico to the north, east, west, and south respectively.
By Air – Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport and Huntsville International Airport in Birmingham and Huntsville respectively operate international flights. The former is located five miles northeast of downtown Birmingham. The Montgomery Regional Airport operates domestic flights.
By Road – There are 10 primary interstate highways in Alabama. I-10, I-20, I-59 and I-65 are the major roads in this state. Birmingham and Montgomery are located at the intersection of prominent state routes.
By Train – Three Amtrak train stations are Birmingham Station, Anniston Station, and Tuscaloosa Stations. These are the stops for The Crescent passenger train that runs between New Orleans and New York.
By Sea – Located along the Mobile River, the Port of Mobile (APM Terminals) is the only deep-water port of this state. It is one of the busiest ports in the southern US and has public terminals for inter-coastal waterways.
• Alabama was the 22nd state to join Union on December 14, 1819.
• The workers of the state made the first rocket – Saturn V – that helped mankind reach the moon.
• Cheaha Mountain is the highest natural point in this state with an elevation of 735 meters.
• Montgomery was declared as the state capital on January 28, 1846.
• There is, in fact, a place called Sweet Home in Bessemer, Alabama
• Official state motto is Audemus jura nostra defendere which translates to “We Dare Defend Our Rights”.
• Alabama is the only state in the US to have an alcoholic beverage as its official drink— Conecuh Ridge Whiskey.
• Dothan – a town in Alabama – is considered the ‘Peanut Capital of the World.’
• The towering 17-m-high Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world. It symbolizes state’s flourishing iron and steel industry.