Things to do in Alabama

When you're looking for a getaway to a southern locale with a fascinating heritage and cultural diversity, head to Alabama. Many travelers arrive at Birmingham International Airport and spend their time exploring the state's most bustling city - home to more than 1.2 million proud residents. Others enter by way of Montgomery Airport and stay in the vibrant capital city. But there are plenty of other locales throughout this scenic state - book a flight to Huntsville International Airport or Mobile Regional Airport for a visit to a welcoming destination with a gorgeous natural setting. Wherever you decide to spend your Alabama vacation, prepare for your trip by perusing these exciting attractions by city:

After landing at Birmingham International Airport and settling into your hotel, head out to explore this pleasant locale. Explore Avondale, Rushton and Barker parks, and make a stop at the Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, an estate known for its lush plots of land filled with delicate, blooming flowers and shrubs. Another hot spot is the Birmingham Museum of Art, which showcases works by African, Asian, European and American creators. Be sure to spend some time at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where visitors can learn about racial segregation throughout the country and the obstacles and successes of the Civil Rights movement.

As the capital city, Montgomery is home to a wide array of attractions easily accessible from Montgomery Airport. There are several intriguing cultural and historical institutions, including the Hank Williams Museum, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Alabama State Archives and History Museum. Kids and adults alike will love a trip to the renowned Montgomery Zoo, a 40-acre expanse filled with more than 600 animals from five continents. The city also contains the Alabama State Capitol, where you can take a free tour of the historic site.

Pick up a rental car at Mobile Regional Airport and discover the features of this diverse city. Its historic landmarks are the biggest draw - visit Fort Conde, which was erected in 1723 and offers free admission, then head to Battleship Memorial Park where you can tour a World War II battleship and submarine. Other top sites worth checking out include the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Bragg-Mitchell Mansion.

While less popular than Alabama's other major tourist destinations, Huntsville is a great place to spend your trip, especially if you're vacationing on a budget. After departing from Huntsville International Airport, make your way to the area's top attractions: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Admission is free, and houses extraordinary items such as an un-launched Saturn V rocket, life-size space shuttle replicas and space vehicle test sites. During your visit, make a trip to the Huntsville Museum of Art to explore works by regional and national creators, and stop by the Veterans Memorial Museum to pay honor to the soldiers who gave their lives defending America.


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