The historic Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile
Children smiling in front of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham
Learning about space flight at the U.S. 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
Relaxing in the sun on Orange Beach
Live band performing at the W.C. Handy Music Festival in Florence, Alabama
Alabama's beauty, history, culture and adventure
Compelling & Colorful Big Cities
Alabama’s capital Montgomery is one of the most historic cities in the USA. A statue of Rosa Parks marks the beginning of a kilometer-long avenue includes to a former slave auction site, the birthplace of the Confederate States of America, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church, the place where Rosa Parks began her famous ride and the ending point of the Selma-to-Montgomery March. Immerse yourself in this powerful history, then explore Montgomery’s compact downtown featuring hotels, museums, restaurants and attractions.
About an hour and a half north, you’ll find Birmingham, Alabama’s largest metropolitan area. This foodie destination calls itself the “Dinner Table of the South” for its many diverse, chef-driven restaurants. Pay a visit to Vulcan, the world’s largest cast-iron statue at Vulcan Park and Museum. From here, take in views of the whole city including its five entertainment districts in and around downtown and the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. Birmingham is also home to the world’s largest collection of motorcycles at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.
Cultural Destinations in North Alabama
Nicknamed “Rocket City,” Huntsville is home to the world’s largest space museum, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and the all-inclusive Space Camp. Visit the largest privately owned arts facility in the southeastern USA at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, hear live music at the Orion Amphitheater and take a stroll through Big Spring International Park.
A little over an hour away, discover “The Hit Recording Capital of the World” in the region known as The Shoals. This collection of four small towns – Muscle Shoals, Florence, Sheffield and Tuscumbia – in the northwest corner of Alabama known for its recording studios, where some of the greatest hits of the 1960s and ‘70s were created. Tour legendary FAME Recording Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Nearby, visit Ivy Green, Helen Keller’s Home & Museum, and tour the W.C. Handy Home & Museum.
History & Natural Beauty on the Coast
Home to the USA’s first Mardi Gras celebration, Mobile boasts an exciting blend of flavors, cultures and traditions as rich as the gumbo served in local restaurants. The city was founded by the French as the first capital of the Louisiana-Territory then became a colony of Great Britain and Spain. Long a key port city, this is where the last slave ship, the Clotilda, was known to arrive in the USA and where its occupants formed the historic community of Africatown.
About an hour south of Mobile, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are located at the southern tip of Alabama along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. This area is warmed by sunshine, friendly people and unspoiled natural beauty. These resort towns have 52 kilometers of sugar-soft, white-sand beaches, as well as laid-back cafes and lively beach bars featuring live music. For a particularly pristine beach day, explore Gulf State Park, which separates these two towns with 2,600 hectares of protected ecosystems including 3 kilometers of beachfront.
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.”
Photo: Art Meripol
The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is known as the USA’s Amazon. It’s home to more aquatic biodiversity than any other river system in the country.
Photo: Chris Granger
The Saturn V rocket that landed man on the surface of the moon was built in Huntsville.
Photo: Chris Granger