The historic Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile
Splashing in the surf on the Gulf coast
Children smiling in front of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham
Live music at Gips Place in Bessemer
A couple admires the sunset at Little River Canyon National Preserve
Kids try on astronaut gear at the USS Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville
A recording booth at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia
A sign welcoming visitors to Muscle Shoals, known as the ‘Hit Recording Capital of the World’
Mobile’s Excelsior Band marching during Mardi Gras festivities
Al fresco dining at Bottega in Birmingham
Alabama's beauty, history, culture and adventure
Alabama Tourism Department Statewide Road Trip
Rich Southern History
It was in the river city of Montgomery, under the white dome of the State Capitol, where the breakaway Confederate States of America were born, leading to the U.S. Civil War. Alabama is also famous for its role in the struggle for equality between black and white Americans. It’s here that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preached, marched and changed history. In Montgomery, Rosa Parks challenged segregation by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man.
Alabama is filled with unique destinations that will thrill the whole family. Tour grand, columned antebellum homes located across the state. Visit space and motor sports museums for a visceral thrill. Head to Phenix City for exciting whitewater rafting. Scenic mountains and waterfalls are found in Mentone, Fort Payne and Gadsden.
Alabama’s top museums include the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the legendary studios of Muscle Shoals, where famous musicians have recorded since 1959.
Great Food, White Sand, Mardi Gras and More
Alabama is one of the greatest food destinations in the USA. Here, you can sample slow-cooked Southern dishes, elegant fine dining and fresh Gulf of Mexico seafood.
The southern tip of Alabama is best known for Mobile Bay and the Gulf Coast beaches. Mobile is where Mardi Gras got its start in the U.S. During Carnival season, downtown streets are filled with marching bands and brilliantly colored floats.
Along with white-sand beaches, Alabama offers state parks crossed with trails to explore. Each resort town has a large variety of restaurants, bars and nightlife. Play your way through 26 golf courses and 468 holes across the state, including world-class golf on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Alabama is the physical heart and the cultural soul of the Deep South. Montgomery and Birmingham are a 2.5-hour drive from Atlanta, while Mobile and the beaches of Gulf Shores are about the same distance from New Orleans. The Alabama cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals and Huntsville are only a few hours’ drive from Nashville.
The state nut is the pecan – be sure to try a slice of succulent pie.
Alabama Shakes is a Grammy-winning blues rock band based in Athens, Alabama.
In the 1960s and ’70s, artists including Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones came to record in Muscle Shoals, then called the “Hit Capital of the World.”
Must see places