Alabama offers several travel destination options combining unparalleled hospitality, gourmet dining, world-class hotels and resorts, and internationally popular sights, events and festivals. There are many possibilities for that unbelievable dream vacation at a reasonable price, from the outdoor adventures of the North and Central regions to the white-sand beaches of Alabama's Gulf Coast. Spend a weekend here or plan for a two-week excursion, either way you won't run out of entertaining activities that an Alabama travel has to offer.
Alabama is divided into four distinct regions, each with its own flavor and charm making a travel to Alabama very exciting. The Metropolitan Region is an interesting and lively part of the state, home to such attractions as the Talladega Superspeedway, the famous peaches of Chilton County, the roaring waters of Noccalula Falls, the Mercedes plant in Vance, and the engaging cities of Birmingham, Anniston, Tuscaloosa, and Gadsden. This region also claims an ancient city, Moundville, once the largest city in North America. Dating back over 1,000 years, the 26 earthen mounds remain for visitors to explore.
This region is home to Birmingham, Alabama's largest city, with a population of about 1 million. This city is a fantastic jumping-off point for travel within the state, and boasts an interesting history of its own. Birmingham is most well-known for its role in the Civil Rights struggle of the mid-20th century. Visit the Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church to make this time in history come alive. For more modern entertainment, art and culture buffs should not miss Vulcan Park, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Theater.
Alabama's Mountain Region delivers one breathtaking panorama after another. The region is overflowing with lakes, waterfalls, caves and rugged forested peaks. This is the place to find scores of outdoor adventures, along with some interesting historical attractions, in such cities as Florence, Cullman, Decatur, Madison and Huntsville. Nocallula Falls Park near Gadsden is a must-see.
Visit the Indian Mound and Museum in Florence and Russell Cave National Monument in Bridgeport to get a glimpse of the prehistoric ways of life of Native Americans. The Oakville Indian Mounds Education Center offers a glimpse into their more recent culture. For history and music lovers, visit Helen Keller's childhood home in Tuscumbia, follow the Alabama Music Trail experience the birthplace of W.C. Handy, “Father of the Blues,” a little log cabin in Tuscumbia, and be sure to see the Alabama Music Hall of Fame here.
History abounds in Alabama, but for visitors seeking total immersion in American History, the state's River Heritage region is the place to be. Attractions include the Gaineswood Plantation in Demopolis, civil rights attractions in Selma, the state capital in Montgomery, and Auburn University. The city of Montgomery played a crucial role both in the Civil War and the Civil Rights struggle. Martin Luther King, Jr. began his ministry here at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. Take the quick trolley ride from here to the Rosa Parks museum. Other historical personalities who have called Montgomery home include Hank Williams, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole.
For a more relaxed, typical vacation experience, head to Alabama’s Gulf Coast region. Here you will find white-sand beaches, most popular are the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. At Point Clear, the Grand Hotel Marriot Resort, Golf Club and Spa dates back to 1847 and has a confederate cemetery on the grounds. Other attractions in the area include Dauphin Island and the USS Alabama in Mobile. Travel Alabama for many tourism activities.