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Birmingham, AL

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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

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Birmingham Hoover
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Birmingham Hoover
2.5 out of 5
120 Riverchase Pkwy E, Hoover, Birmingham, AL
The price is $72 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated in Birmingham, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Cahaba River and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Oak Mountain State Park. Pelham Civic Complex and Oak Mountain ...
3.6/5Good! (954 reviews)
"Convenient and clean with nice accommodations"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Birmingham Hoover
Holiday Inn Birmingham-Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Birmingham-Airport, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
5000 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL
The price is $104 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham Museum of Art, and University of Alabama-Birmingham. ...
3.8/5Good! (897 reviews)
"Front desk associates were not very verbal and did not offer much of a greeting. Their luggage carts are broken, which makes large amounts of luggage very difficult. BUT it was clean and had good up keep. Bartender was AWESOME"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Holiday Inn Birmingham-Airport, an IHG Hotel
Sonesta ES Suites Birmingham Homewood
Sonesta ES Suites Birmingham Homewood
3 out of 5
50 State Farm Pkwy, Homewood, Birmingham, AL
The price is $109 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Samford University, Alabama Men's Hall of Fame, and Pete Hanna Center. University of Alabama-Birmingham ...
4.2/5Very Good! (285 reviews)
"No covered drive up at check in desk.Very clean and mostly quite atmosphere"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Birmingham Homewood
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Cozy House Minutes From Downtown Birmingham
Cozy House Minutes From Downtown Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
The price is $68 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
This family-friendly Birmingham vacation home is located in Glen Iris, within 3 mi (5 km) of Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center, University of Alabama-Birmingham, ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Great place
"Great stay. Just wish there were lights on the walk way from front door to the driveway. You can't see at night."

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Cozy House Minutes From Downtown Birmingham
Backyard Rugged Cabin
Backyard Rugged Cabin
Birmingham, AL
Located in Crestwood South, this cabin is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Fresenius Medical Care at Trinity Medical Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Avondale Brewing Company ...
Backyard Rugged Cabin
Explore, Relax & Stay Awhile @ The Ranch on 77th!
Explore, Relax & Stay Awhile @ The Ranch on 77th!
Birmingham, AL
The price is $349 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve and within 3 mi (5 km) of New Bethel Baptist Church and ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Family wedding visit
"The house was easy to stay in, clean, nicely decorated. We had a smooth check in and out. A nice place to stay if in Birmingham."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Explore, Relax & Stay Awhile @ The Ranch on 77th!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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