BirminghamUnited States of America

Once a center of the civil rights movement, Alabama’s largest city has emerged from its troubled past as an exciting spot full of attractions.

Transformed beyond its industrial roots into a leading center for banking, medical research and service-based industries, Birmingham is growing in stature for its mix of history, culture, music and outdoor recreation.

Birmingham offers numerous outdoor activities in its location in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Visit the 9,940-acre (4,022-hectare) Oak State Mountain Park. Swim in its lakes, hike the trails, take a guided horseback tour or have a picnic.

Enjoy more outdoor fun at Railroad Park, an eight-block green space downtown. Unwind by the lake or exercise at the outside gym. Walk along tree-lined lanes and streams or find a quiet place on the lawns. Children can play in the skate park and playgrounds.

Birmingham is home to Rickwood Field, one of the oldest baseball stadiums in the U.S. Visit Barber Motorsports Park with one of the world’s largest motorcycle collections.

Explore the city’s industrial heritage at Sloss Furnaces, a former iron-manufacturing complex, now a museum offering tours of the buildings, machinery and Underground Railroad tunnel.

In the mid-1900s, Birmingham was marked by bombs, rioting and racial hatred. Tour the Civil Rights District, a six-block tribute to the struggles that shook America’s conscience. Study the period’s people, places and events at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park. Although racial issues are largely in the past, Birmingham still has some crime-ridden areas stemming from poor economic conditions.

Birmingham’s lively music scene includes many downtown clubs and numerous festivals and events throughout the year. August offers the Stokin’ the Fire BBQ and Music Festival. In May, attend Do Dah Day, a huge charity concert and celebration in Caldwell and Rhodes parks.

The airport is in Birmingham’s city center. A train runs to New York and Washington D.C. Renting a car and using the metered parking found throughout the city is the best way to get around.

Visit this Southern city to understand a major piece of U.S. history and enjoy its modern offerings.

Where to stay in Birmingham

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Five Points South

4/5Very Good!(445 area reviews)

Unique features of Five Points South include the theaters and live music. Make a stop by Vulcan Statue or Regions Field while you're exploring the area.

Five Points South
Sloss Furnaces featuring industrial elements

Avondale

You'll enjoy the mountain views and live music in Avondale. You might want to make time for a stop at Sloss Furnaces or Avondale Brewing Company.

Avondale
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Central City

4/5Very Good!(74 area reviews)

While visiting Central City, you might make a stop by sights like Sloss Furnaces and Birmingham Museum of Art.

Central City
Reflecting Lily Pool at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. #AquaTrove

Redmont Park

4/5Very Good!(54 area reviews)

While visiting Redmont Park, you might make a stop by sights like Birmingham Zoo and Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Redmont Park

Top Hotels in Birmingham

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park
DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park
3.5 out of 5
8 Perimeter Park South, Birmingham, AL
The price is $83 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Grandview Medical Center and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from The Summit. Altadena Valley Golf and Country Club ...

4.2/5Excellent! (958 reviews)

"Great stay. Room was clean and quiet. Staff friendly and professional. Bar was open but not restaurant. Not even for room delivery. However, a back way around the hotel led to several restaurants without having to deal with 280 traffic which was nice. Half a mile from the hospital, which is why we ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park
Hyatt Place Birmingham/Hoover
Hyatt Place Birmingham/Hoover
3 out of 5
2980 John Hawkins Parkway, Birmingham, AL
The price is $101 per night

Located in the heart of Birmingham, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Riverchase Galleria, Aldridge Gardens, and Moss Rock Preserve. Regions Park and Pelham ...

4.2/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"Friendliness of staff- convenient breakfast I liked!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2020

Hyatt Place Birmingham/Hoover
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Birmingham Colonnade
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Birmingham Colonnade
3 out of 5
3950 Colonnade Pkwy, Birmingham, AL
The price is $80 per night

Situated in Birmingham, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Grandview Medical Center and 3 mi (4.8 km) from The Summit. Altadena Valley Golf and Country Club ...

4.3/5Excellent! (903 reviews)

"The place was clean and quite, I was somewhat happy with my stay, a little bit above average for the hotels in this area."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Birmingham Colonnade

Popular places to visit in Birmingham

Alabama Theater
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Alabama Theater

4.5/5(69 reviews)

Alabama Theater is a popular theater with a storied past in Civil Rights Historic District. Experience the area's entertainment choices or attend a sporting event.

Sloss Furnaces
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Sloss Furnaces

4/5(76 reviews)

Delve into the industrial history of Alabama at this hulking factory ruin, where generations of workers once toiled.

Oak Mountain State Park
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Oak Mountain State Park

4.5/5(74 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Oak Mountain State Park, a popular green space in Pelham. Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed theater scene in this family-friendly area.

McWane Science Center
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McWane Science Center

4.5/5(158 reviews)

McWane Science Center is a top museum in Civil Rights Historic District with a story of its own. Experience the area's acclaimed theater scene or attend a sporting event.

Barber Motorsports Park
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Barber Motorsports Park

5/5(72 reviews)

Watch cars speed around the twisty track and admire vintage motorcycles in the museum at Alabama’s motoring hub.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

5/5(83 reviews)

You can spend an afternoon exploring the galleries in Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum during your trip to Leeds. Experience the area's great live music and acclaimed theater scene.

Top things to do in Birmingham

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Alabama
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Alabama

$10
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Alabama
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Alabama

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Alabama
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Alabama

$10
Per adult

Reviews of Birmingham

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I loved it!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

Birmingham is a great southern city. Enough modern urban vibe but still has southern hospitality.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

The interstate roads are terrible!

4/5 - Good

Shayla

May 29, 2020

I live in Birmingham so I am familiar with the area thats why I always go to this particular hotel

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 15, 2020

That’s My City an I love my City...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 18, 2020

I love Birmingham. I grew up and lived here 30 years. I travel here often for family events.

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