Welcome to Alabama
Welcome to the Official Site for Alabama Tourism
This is the Official UK tourism website for the state of Alabama. Here you will find information on Alabama tourism for all visitors to help with your travel planning. This website will help you find things to do in Alabama, lists Alabama attractions, Alabama festivals and much, much more. You can view and download the Official Alabama State Guide or you can complete an enquiry form for futher information. Thanks to the popular culture such as Sweet Home Alabama and Forrest Gump the name Alabama often evokes expectations of cute country towns and simple living. However, Alabama’s larger cities such as Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville and Mobile also offer chic restaurants, stylish bars, superb museums and galleries showcasing Alabama’s rich history. Those who hanker after the traditional Southern charm won’t be disappointed, Alabama can transport visitors to a place and a state of mind far from the big smoke, where the pace naturally moves slower in the fragrant heat. Alabama’s warm people invite you to explore their diverse state, which sweeps down from the foothills of the Appalachians to the 32 miles of white sandy beaches on the Gulf Coast.
It’s all about enjoying the food and real Southern hospitality in Alabama. Dining options range from slick modern restaurants to unpretentious local diners. For a traditional ‘Alabama menu’ start the day with cheesy grits, grab some shrimp tacos for lunch and finish with fried green tomatoes, a juicy steak and a thick slice of warm peach cobbler.
If you are travelling to Alabama for its home-grown music there are venues across the state playing jazz, blues and country – whether it’s in a packed juke joint or a sophisticated city bar. You can even try a spirit-filled Sunday morning church service at the Sixteen Street Baptist Church in Birmingham to experience a gospel choir where everyone gets out of their seats! Music lovers should also head north to Muscle Shoals and Fame Recording Studio, a name you may have heard mentioned in Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama and featured in the Muscle Shoals Music Documentary, available on DVD now.
Alabama is awash with history, it was the birthplace of the Confederacy and the American Civil Rights Movement. Architecture reflects it's cultural influences from the French, Spanish and British. There is fascinating Native American history here too.
Choose an Alabama itinerary that suits you from our fly-drive section. Perhaps you need to keep the kids entertained, you want to enjoy vibrant cities, an adventure off the beaten track or kick back and relax on the beach and enjoy the sunshine or golf....Alabama has it all!
Where is Alabama?
Bordered by Tennessee to the north, Florida to the south, Georgia to the east and Mississippi to the west, Alabama is the physical heart and the cultural soul of the Deep South and an essential part of any fly-drive holiday to the Deep South region.
When should I visit Alabama?
Most Alabama days are warm and sunny. Spring comes early with temperatures of 15C by March. Summer days average in the mid-to-late 20s with some humid periods of 32C plus. Severely cold weather is rarely a problem!
Travelling to Alabama
Alabama’s regional airports connect with numerous US hubs and the nearby international gateway of Atlanta, Georgia, is just over a couple of hours drive from both Birmingham and Montgomery.