Alabama is a microcosm of America’s Deep South. The state offers everything associated with popular images of Dixie, including atmospheric countryside lined with moss-draped trees, historical sites from the civil rights movement and a music scene that combines jazz, soul and country. Hit the streets of famous cities such as Montgomery and Birmingham, wander through the state’s colorful landscapes or relax on the laid-back southern coastline.
The 22nd state joined the union in 1819, yet American Indians lived here for almost 10,000 years before it was settled by Europeans. Visit Alabama’s numerous historical sites to gain a sense of the state’s layered history. Head to Mooresville for pioneering, Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham for industry and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery for stories from the 20th century.
Travel across the length of the state to explore different musical attractions. In North Alabama, discover the history of soul in the town of Florence. Visit the FAME Recording Studios and the W. C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library to learn about the “Father of the Blues.” Central Alabama offers the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame while in Lower Alabama you can enjoy the Hank Williams Museum, dedicated to the country and western legend.
Leave the cities of Alabama behind and explore its scenic countryside. In the north, several hiking trails leave Huntsville and wind into the southwestern tip of the Appalachian Mountains. Climb Cheaha Mountain to reach the highest natural point in the whole state, at an elevation of 2,407 feet (734 meters).
Spend a day on the beach in Lower Alabama, relaxing in Gulf State Park or enjoying watersports on the ocean. The nearby city of Mobile features the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, which features several authentic naval crafts from different eras of the state’s military history.
Alabama is accessible via multiple airports across the state, including transport hubs in Montgomery and Birmingham. The state remains hot throughout the year. Visit in fall for colorful scenery and less humid days.