What To Do & See in Alabama
As the Official UK reps for the State of Alabama, we have everything you need to know about this exciting Deep South State. Let us help make your holiday here truly memorable.
Thanks to the popular culture such as Sweet Home Alabama, Forrest Gump and Talladega Nights 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 history and heritage. 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.
Stuck for time? Check out our Alabama Top 10 for our round-up of the best Alabama has to offer!
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 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 and Nashville, Tennessee are easy drives from Birmingham, Huntsville, Muscle Shoals 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.
Admire the diverse architecture that reflects its 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!