Birmingham is the only place in the entire world where every ingredient needed for making iron is present within a 10-mile radius. That's coal, iron ore and limestone all together. There's more than just the makings of iron, in the largest city in Alabama. You'll find all the ingredients for an excellent getaway when you drive your Birmingham rental car to these exciting locations:

Iron City

Grab dinner like a Bulleit bourbon barbecue glazed salmon with summer squash, turnips, grape tomatoes and beer-battered onion rings at this full service bar and grill that focuses on locally-produced items and craft beers. After you've had your fill, head to one of the venue's three stages for a performance of anything from Cheap Trick, Stone Temple Pilots and The Head and the Heart to Fitz & the Tantrums. You never know what guests will play here next! Check the calendar to see when a band you love will play here.

Legion Field

The University of Alabama at Birmingham football team started their Legion Field journey in 1991 with a 9-7 win over Hastings. The largest crowd ever recorded here, was for a 2003 football game against Southern Mississippi, where 44,669 fans packed the stadium. Since then, the facility has been renovated to reach a capacity of 72,000 seats. Famous players who have competed on this field include:

  • Dick Butkus
  • Bobby Layne
  • Johnny Unitas

The field hosts high school and collegiate sports as well as Birmingham teams competing in the World Football League, the United States Football League, and more. Come out in your green, white, and gold to cheer on the UAB Blazers at this exciting stadium.

Oak Mountain State Park

If you're looking for outdoor adventure, drive your Birmingham rental car to this Alabama state park. You'll love the over 50 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails through this 9,940-acre park. Head to one of the park's two lakes to go fishing, rent a canoe, and swim at the sandy beaches. No gas-operated motors are allowed but electric trolling motors, canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are encouraged.

You can also fish right from the shoreline. Once you've caught your limit, head to the picnic pavilion to use one of the built-in grills and eat your delicious fresh catch. There is also an 18-hole golf course with a:

  • Driving range
  • Trails for mountain biking,
  • A farm
  • Horseback riding rentals.

If you're having such a good time you'd like to stay longer than a day, there are cabins and campgrounds available. With so many options of how to spend your time, you're sure to find something great at this state.

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