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Why rent a car in Birmingham?

From pristine beaches to towering mountain peaks, bustling modern cities to vast expanses of wilderness, Birmingham Alabama has it all. You’ll find enthralling history here, wide open spaces perfect for nature-lovers, and of course a dose of traditional Southern hospitality. With so much to experience, it makes sense to hire a car in Alabama, to really make the most of your stay.

Many visitors to Alabama will start their journey in Birmingham, the largest city in the state, with a wealth of cultural attractions, entertainment venues and prestigious restaurants. You might then head south to find stunning beaches and islands off the coast, or wander the natural playground that is Wind Creek State Park.

How to get to and around Birmingham?

If you plan to arrive by plane, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is served by a number of domestic airlines, and can be easily reached from cities across the US.

The most scenic way to explore Alabama is always by car, and getting around by road here is a breeze. There are five interstate highways connecting major cities in Alabama and destinations further afield.

What brands are available?

There is a wide range of car rental companies in Birmingham, allowing for plenty of choice. You might rent a car from Alamo, Avis, Hertz or more.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Birmingham

A historic Alabama city, Montgomery has a superb cultural scene, principally centred around the performing arts such as ballet, blues music, and theatre - the annual Alabama Shakespeare Festival attracts visitors from around the world.

Birmingham is a welcoming city, with many green spaces and a fascinating history to discover through its museums and monuments, especially relating to the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.

Mobile, with its French heritage, idyllic coastal scenery and distinctive cuisine, is a highlight of southern Alabama. Nearby, the pretty Tuskegee region is home to several significant sites relating to African American achievement, as well as a host of outdoor recreation opportunities. If you like adrenaline-packed adventures on your holidays, then you can head over to Columbus, where you’ll find the world’s longest urban white-water rafting course on the Chattahoochee river - which, coincidentally, is the noise you’ll probably make when you see the size of some of those rapids!

Tips and tricks for driving in Birmingham

If you’re planning to rent a car in Birmingham then you’ll find some of the most eye-catching scenery in the US waiting for you. Even though the major highways are usually fairly low on traffic you’ll want to leave plenty of time to reach your destination - because you’ll no doubt be pulling over all the time to snap photographs.

Most Alabama rental cars come with an automatic transmission but if you’re more comfortable driving a manual car, then it’s simply a matter of requesting one from your rental company when making a reservation.

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