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

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, 35212
The price is $83 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,205 reviews)
Great place to stay
"This is one of the nicest Holiday Inns we have stayed at! Bedding was great!"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Holiday Inn Birmingham-Airport, an IHG Hotel
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, 35244
The price is $84 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,000 reviews)
"The hotel room could have been a bit cleaner, especially the bathroom, but overall it was a nice stay with comfortable beds and nice staff. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Birmingham Hoover
DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park
DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park
4 out of 5
8 Perimeter Park South, Birmingham, AL, 35243
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $114 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Very very nice hotel. Only thing is no complimentary breakfast. $17 all you can eat"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park
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.
FRONTDESK Lakeview Green Apts Birmingham
FRONTDESK Lakeview Green Apts Birmingham
3.5 out of 5
4th Avenue South 2901, Birmingham, AL, 35233
The price is $69 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a balcony. Popular attractions Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Birmingham ...
FRONTDESK Lakeview Green Apts Birmingham
InTown Suites Extended Stay Birmingham AL - Hoover
InTown Suites Extended Stay Birmingham AL - Hoover
2.5 out of 5
1840 Southpark Drive, Birmingham, AL, 35244
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free parking, WiFi, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Riverchase Galleria and Oak Mountain ...
3.3/5 (6 reviews)
"It’s not a 5 star property but not a bad place at all to stay."

Reviewed on May 21, 2022

InTown Suites Extended Stay Birmingham AL - Hoover
InTown Suites Extended Stay Birmingham AL - Homewood
InTown Suites Extended Stay Birmingham AL - Homewood
2.5 out of 5
90 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL, 35209
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free parking, WiFi, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Legion Field and Birmingham Zoo ...
3.3/5 (9 reviews)
Very pleasantly surprised
"I stay at extended stay places a lot and this was the best in a long time. I paid extra for the upgraded room and it was worth it. I had a few issues in the bathroom but they were taken care of immediately and expertly. The front desk was helpful and responsive and all the staff I met during the ..."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

InTown Suites Extended Stay Birmingham AL - Homewood
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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