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A blend of thought-provoking history, modern cities, and natural beauty make this state "Sweet Home Alabama." Antebellum homes dot Huntsville, where the Saturn rocket was designed, and Montgomery's modern state government buildings stand near the First White House of the Confederacy. Birmingham, a major medical research center, has 99 historic neighborhoods.

Rocky, wooded hills and vast caves, perfect for hiking and spelunking, lay to the north. Expansive lakes and rivers mark the interior and white-sand beaches rim the Gulf Coast. Scenic vistas line well-maintained highways leading to colonial forts, Civil War sites, and charming towns.

Summers are hot and humid, yes, but Alabama’s year-round mild climate also means winter temperatures rarely dip below 55°F, perfect weather for exploring 26 courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Alabama cuisine is a regional buffet. Sample the coast’s fresh seafood, the center’s barbecue, and the soul food served everywhere. City-based chefs work culinary magic at some of the American South’s best restaurants.

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Alabama’s largest city feels small-town thanks to friendly people, historic preservation, and natural beauty. Birmingham was founded by...

Gulf Shores

Thirty-two miles of white-sand beaches lie just south of Mobile, across the bay, at Gulf Shores. Preserves and state parks protect much of the...


Past and present intertwine at this northern city. Significant Civil War history plays against Huntsville’s important role in the space age...


Fort Condé was the name given by the French in 1711 to the site known today as Mobile; around it blossomed the first white settlement in what...


Flanked by rivers and hundreds of lakes, the handsome Alabama capital is in the middle of the state’s River Region. What started as the capital...

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