Welcome to Alabama
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.
TravelMole interviewed Grey Brennan, Deputy Director of Alabama Tourism, at World Travel Market 2017 as he highlights attractions and all that Alabama has to offer.
Top 10 in Alabama
- Tour the original recording studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound Studio where hit records in the 1960’s and 1970’s were produced by famous artists, including Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin, and are still being made today.
- Learn about the history from the Civil War to Civil Rights in Montgomery, the state Capital of Alabama. Topping the list of must-see attractions is the historic state Capitol building, where Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as President of the Confederate States of America in 1861, and where, nearly a century later, the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march ended with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering a moving speech from its steps.
- Visit the historic sites of the Civil Rights Trail in Birmingham and Montgomery
- Check out the spectacular panoramic views of Birmingham and surrounding areas from an open air observation balcony atop the statue of Vulcan, the world’s largest cast iron statue on Red Mountain.
- Visit the world’s largest space attraction in Huntsville at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center which features dozens of interactive exhibits surrounding Apollo, Mercury and Space Shuttle spacecraft.
- Walk along the 32 miles of beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast or cast your line for deep-sea adventure on a charter fishing trip or take a scuba diving adventure
- Watch the sights and sounds of live marching bands and brilliant-coloured floats in Mobile where Mardi Gras started in America.
- Music! Enjoy great blues music in places like Gip’s Place, one of the last remaining juke joints in the country or discover an underground weekend jazz club.
- Eat your way through Alabama’s best barbecue restaurants and discover the story behind each plate!
- Enjoy a round of golf along the world famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Where is Alabama?
Bordered by Tennessee & Kentucky 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 15ºC by March. Summer days average in the mid-to-late 20s with some humid periods of 32ºC plus. Severely cold weather is rarely a problem!
Travelling to Alabama
Alabama’s regional airports connect with numerous US hubs and the nearby international gateways of New Orleans, Louisiana or Atlanta, Georgia are easy drives from both Birmingham and Montgomery.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alabama is awash with history, it was the birthplace of the Confederacy and the American Civil Rights Movement.
- Find America's history on Alabama's Civil War battlefields and among the beautiful antebellum mansions of a long-gone era.
- VIsit Montgomery where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped in the epic Civil Rights struggle during 1955.
- Follow the fascinating history to Selma and Birmingham where events that shaped the nation took place.
- Architecture reflects it's cultural influences from the French, Spanish and British.
- Choose an Alabama itinerary that suits you from our fly-drive section.
- Whether you need to keep the kids entertained, enjoy vibrant cities, have an adventure off the beaten track or kick back and relax on the beach and enjoy the sunshine or a spot of golf....Alabama has it all!