Alabama Alabama sweeps down from the foothills of the Appalachians to the 32 miles of white sand beaches on the Gulf Coast. Awash with history and Southern charm, Alabama is a cultural gem. From its prominent role in American music to its deep roots in the Civil Rights struggles of the 20th century, there’s plenty to discover. 1  Tour Muscle Shoals Sound Studio where hit records in the 60’s & 70’s were produced by a number of famous artists. 2  Visit the world’s largest space attraction in Huntsville: The U.S. Space & Rocket Center. 3a  Party in any of the five downtown Birmingham entertainment districts – live music, great food and drink. 3b Check out the spectacular panoramic views of Birmingham from an observation balcony atop the statue of Vulcan. 4  The heroic accomplishments of World War II pilots are recorded at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum. Birmingham 5  With more sites on the US Civil Rights Trail than any other city, visit Montgomery to see where Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks made history. 6  Follow the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail on U.S. Highway 80. 7  Lovers of literature will appreciate Monroeville, where writers Harper Lee and Truman Capote grew up. 8  Walk along the 32 miles of beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast. 9  Watch the sights & sounds of live marching bands and coloured floats in Mobile where Mardi Gras started in America. Orange Beach, Gulf Shores State Capitol Building, Montgomery