The archetypal Southern state, Alabama has a unique place in American culture and history. Made up of vast waterways, rugged mountains and lakes as well as several vibrant cities, the state has plenty for visitors to get their teeth stuck into. Spend your break exploring Alabama’s extensive network of rivers, learn about the struggles of America’s Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, get close to nature in the Gulf State Park or enjoy some authentic southern cuisine in one of the state’s welcoming eateries. There’s so much to see and do with a hotel in Alabama.
Birmingham – This hilly city in the northern part of Alabama is an unexpectedly vibrant and dynamic metropolis. Boasting a great choice of bars and restaurants, as well as a selection of fascinating museums and galleries, a hotel here is perfect for a romantic escape or a city break with a difference.
Montgomery – The state capital, Montgomery, saw the spark that lit the Civil Rights Movement when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on one of the city’s buses. Today, a museum commemorates the event, with detailed exhibitions telling visitors all about the city’s past. Book a hotel in this historic city today.
Huntsville – The main attraction in Huntsville, Alabama is the U.S. Space & Rocket Centre. A hotel here is ideal for families and anyone with an interest in outer space, the centre is home to the Space Camp programme and has a selection of exhibitions, simulators and souvenir shops.
Gulf Shores – Located on the Gulf of Mexico in the south of Alabama, the city of Gulf Shores boasts white sandy beaches, fantastic seafood and the Gulf State Park.
Little River National Preserve – Get close to nature and experience some of Alabama’s most beautiful scenery at the Little River National Preserve. Located in the northeast of the state, in the Southern Appalachians, the preserve is perfect for active families, romantic couples and anyone who want to get out and get active.
One of the state’s most iconic sights is the Alabama State Capitol. Built in the mid-19th century, the Greek revival style Capitol has seen countless protests, marches and demonstrations and has played an integral part in America’s Civil Rights Movement. Fans of military history should take the time to see the Memorial Park in Mobile which is home to the USS Alabama. For architecture buffs a visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Museum in Florence is a must.
If you’re interested in modern American history, and the Civil Rights Movement in particular, Alabama is the ideal destination for your next American getaway. In Birmingham you’ll find the Civil Rights Institute and the Birmingham Civil Rights Memorial Trail, while visitors to Montgomery can explore the Rosa Parks Museum. If swimming and water sports are more your thing, head to the white sands and expansive waterways of Alabama’s Gulf Coast or for hiking, trekking and nature, visit the Little Canyon National Preserve, Talladega National Forest or Conecuh National Forest. Visitors looking for great restaurants and a vibrant nightlife should head to Birmingham, while Huntsville and Montgomery both offer more relaxed city break experiences.