Alabamans are generally known for their southern hospitality. This, plus Alabama's year-round mild weather and diverse landscape, make this state an ideal spot for rest and recreation.
Alabama prides itself in being the original capitol of the Confederacy where the Civil Rights movement started in the 1960s. Here, visitors can relive history and learn more about the courageous African-American men and women who started it all. One can visit the actual sites of events in Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Tuskegee that changed the world. In Montgomery, the Civil Rights Memorial and the Rosa Parks Museum and Library are must-sees.
A unique event in Gulf Shores is the National Shrimp Festival featuring over 300 vendors who offer plenty of shrimp, as well as fine art, arts and crafts, and an international marketplace. Hundreds of thousands of people come to the yearly festival held in October. The event has been going on for the last 35 years.
Those who love the outdoors will want to visit the Little River Canyon National Preserve and the Russell Cave National Monument. If you’re into biking, try Alabama’s parks and woodlands, reputed to have the best biking trails in the South. Hikers should try the Sipsey Wilderness; one of the best hiking areas in the state, while for avid anglers, there's the Alabama Bass Trail.
For children, there's the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, the world's largest space attraction. Among the attractions are the hands-on exhibit, take a trip to Jupiter, and learn about life on a space station.
Alabama's cities have a lot to offer. Visit Montgomery, the state capital and the former capital of the Confederacy; Birmingham, the largest in the state; Gadsden, noted for the Noccalula Falls and Lookout Mountain; Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, with their coast beaches; Tuscumba, Helen Keller's home; and Muscle Shoals, which is known as the state's music capital.