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Immerse yourself in Alabama's natural wonders and delve into its rich historical heritage with our curated travel recommendations and tips.

About Alabama

From visiting Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast and exploring historic sites to enjoying the great outdoors, there is something for everyone in Alabama.

Also known as the Heart of Dixie, Alabama's history is attracting more and more visitors to the south.

States neighbouring Alabama: Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

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Alabama is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.

The capital of Alabama is Montgomery, and the largest city is Birmingham.

Alabama Background Information

Alabama State

Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States.

Alabama Business

Alabama has a diverse economy, with industries such as aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and agriculture.

The state is home to several large companies, including Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.

Alabama History

On December 14, 1819 Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state to the Union.

Alabama has a rich history, particularly related to the Civil Rights Movement. Many significant events took place in Alabama, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the Birmingham Campaign.

Alabama Landscape

Alabama's highest peak is Cheaha Mountain, in Cheaha State Park.

The natural beauty of Alabama is also a draw for visitors. The state is home to several national parks and forests, including the Bankhead National Forest, the Conecuh National Forest, and the Little River Canyon National Preserve.

Additionally, the Gulf Coast offers beaches and opportunities for water activities.

Alabama Traditions and Customs

Alabama and the Alabama River, come from the Choctaw for brush gatherers, and refers to the Alibamu tribe.

The state is famous for its contribution to music, especially in the genres of blues, jazz, and country.

Notable musicians from Alabama include Hank Williams, Nat King Cole, and W.C. Handy.

Alabama is also known for its college football culture, with the University of Alabama and Auburn University both having successful football programs and passionate fan bases.

Alabama has a rich culinary history, known for its barbecue, fried chicken, and other southern comfort foods.

There are many great restaurants throughout the state that offer delicious Southern cuisine.

Visit Alabama

Alabama is known for its southern hospitality, rich history, and diverse culture.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are two popular beach towns located along the Gulf of Mexico.

They offer beautiful white sand beaches, water sports, and fresh seafood.

Other popular attractions in Alabama include the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, the Talladega Superspeedway, and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Capital of Alabama

The Capital of Alabama is Montgomery.

Montgomery History

Montgomery is named after General Richard Montgomery, who died in the American Revolutionary War while trying to capture Quebec, Canada.

Founded on a river in 1819, Montgomery expanded as a centre of commerce and became the state's capital in 1846.

This state capital has many historical landmarks related to the Civil Rights Movement.

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery Zoo, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival are also worth visiting.

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Map of Montgomery

Montgomery, located on the northern part of the Alabama River, was the first capital of the Confederate States of America.

Places to Visit in Alabama


Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama and played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement, led by Martin Luther King in the 1960's.

To be in Birmingham, Alabama is to be in the arms of the South; where the energy is palpable and a spirited nature is tempered by cosmopolitan charm.

Birmingham Zoo, the McWane Science Center, and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens are also popular attractions.


Located in Southwest Alabama on Mobile Bay, Mobile is approximately one and a half hours from both the Mississippi and Florida state lines.

Once called the Paris of the South, Mobile has long been the cultural center of the Gulf Coast and you'll find an authentic experience like nowhere else in the southern United States.

Don't forget to visit the fortifications at Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, in Mobile Bay.

Alabama Municipalities

Athens, Alabama

Athens, Alabama was named one of the safest cities in Alabama. Athens Historic Downtown offers unique shopping and dining opportunities while chain restaurants, stores, and trendy shops are located along U.S. 72, U.S. 31, and at the Interstate 65 exit.


Auburn-Opelika, a budget-friendly boutique town, is located centrally in the Southeastern region of the United States, with proximity to domestic airports and a laidback drive away from some of the area's liveliest cities.

Boaz, Alabama

Boaz, Alabama is located atop the Sand Mountain Plateau. Located in Marshall County, Boaz is in northeast Alabama between Gadsden and Guntersville, and only 77 miles from Birmingham and 57 miles from Huntsville.


The City of Elba, in Coffee County, Alabama is located in southern Alabama; on the banks of the Pea River, near Whitewater Creek. Elba is located one hour outside of Dothan, Alabama and one and half hours from Montgomery, AL.


Located in Southeast Alabama, Enterprise is a gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Rucker, and home to the world's only monument to an insect.

Florence, Alabama

From the houses on the bluffs overlooking the Tennessee River to the beautiful and historic homes in the city's downtown area, life in Florence, Alabama is full of beauty.

Fort Payne

Fort Payne is located between two scenic mountains in the Appalachian foothills, Lookout Mountain and Sand Mountain; providing unlimited opportunities to relish in the beauty of the great outdoors.

Gulf Shores

The City of Gulf Shores is know as the 'small town with a big beach'.


Hueytown, Alabama is a vibrant community rich in history and community spirit; a suburb located southwest of Birmingham.


The high-tech city of Huntsville, which sprawls at the foot of a mountain in North Alabama, is equally at home in the 19th century or the 21st. Huntsville's tourist attractions reflect the heritage of Alabama’s first English-speaking city, the strife of the American Civil War, and the accomplishments of America’s rocket scientists.

Home to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville is a great place to learn about space exploration and science.

The city also has many parks, museums, and a thriving downtown area.


Located in northwest Alabama, on Interstate Highway 22, Jasper is a thriving retail hub, center of growing industrial development and home to approximately 14,000 residents.


Located on Interstate-85 and on the shores of the Chattahoochee River on the Alabama-Georgia line, the City of Lanett was officially founded on February 1, 1895 and today erves as a hotbed for industry, small business and recreation.


Millbrook is located in the southwest corner of Elmore County, just ten miles north of Montgomery, the state's capital city.


Moody, Alabama is a small yet fast growing city located along I-20 about fifteen  miles east of Birmingham.


Opelika is a destination for those who treasure history, dream of easy living and crave authentic entertainment venues and unique food experiences.


Settled in the 1830s and incorporated in 1852, Oxford is located in the southernmost region of Calhoun County and parts of northern Talladega County. Attractions include Oxford Lake and Coldwater Covered Bridge.


Known for the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa has a vibrant college town atmosphere.

Visitors can take a tour of the university's campus or attend a football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Alabama Tourism

Official Alabama Government and Tourist Information Offices

Alabama State:
The official website of the State of Alabama.

Sweet Home Alabama:
The Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel.

Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association:
402 Sherman Street P.O. Box 2537
Decatur, AL.

Alabama National Fair

Alabama National Fair:
Since 1954 the Alabama National Fair has been fun for all with the numerous different activities.

Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association:
​100 N. Beaty Street, Athens, Alabama.

Florence-Lauderdale Tourism:
200 Jim Spain Drive
Florence, Alabama.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism:
3459 Gulf Shores Parkway (Hwy. 59 south)
Gulf Shores, AL.

Alabama Tourist Attractions

Sightseeing - Top 10 Sights in Alabama

Alabama National Parks

Alabama has many historical sites relating to the American Civil War: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, near Alexander City, is where the Creek were defeated in 1814.

Alabama Transportation

Getting To and Around Alabama

Alabama by Air

Airlines and Airports - Flights.

Flights to Birmingham, AL - BHM

Alabama Travel Tips

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Alabama Websites

Alabama Resources

Founded in 1831 as the state's first public college, the University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; in the west central part of the state, just 45 miles from Birmingham.

Alabama County Websites

The U.S. state of Alabama has 67 counties, with Jefferson County being the most populous.

Autauga County (Pratville), Baldwin County (Bay Minette), Barbour County (Clayton), Bibb County (Centreville), Blount County (Oneonta), Bullock County (Union Springs), Butler County (Butler), Calhoun County (Anniston), Chambers County (LaFayette), Cherokee County (Centre), Chilton County (Clanton), Choctaw County (Butler), Clarke County (Grove Hill), Clay County (Ashland), Cleburne County (Heflin), Coffee County (Elba), Colbert County (Tuscumbia), Conecuh County (Evergreen), Coosa County (Rockford), Covington County (Anadalusia), Crenshaw County, (Luverne), Cullman County (Cullman), Dale County (Ozark), Dallas County (Selma), DeKalb County (Fort Payne), Elmore County (Wetumpka), Escambia County (Brewton), Etowah County (Gadsden), Fayette County (Fayette), Franklin County (Russellville), Geneva County (Geneva), Greene County (Eutaw), Hale County (Greensboro), Henry County (Abbeville), Houston County (Dothan), Jackson County (Scottsboro), Jefferson County (Birmingham), Lamar County (Vernon),Lauderdale County (Florence), Lawrence County (Moulton), Lee County (Opelika), Limestone County (Athens), Lowndes County (Hayneville), Macon County (Tuskegee), Madison County (Huntsville), Marengo County (Linden), Marion County (Hamilton), Marshall County (Guntersville), Mobile County (Mobile), Monroe County (Monroeville), Montgomery County (Montgomery), Morgan County (Decatur), Perry County (Marion), Pickens County (Carrollton), Pike County (Troy), Randolph County (Wedowee), Russell County (Phenix City), St. Clair County (Ashville), Shelby County (Columbiana), Sumter County (Livingston), Talladega County (Talladega), Tallapoosa County (Dadeville), Tuscaloosa County (Tuscaloosa), Walker County (Jasper), Washington County (Chatom), Wilcox County (Camden), Winston County (Double Springs).

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