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The leafy city of Birmingham, Alabama boasts a rich history, vibrant culinary scene, dynamic downtown area and more green space per capita than anywhere else in America. Founded in 1871 during the post-Civil War reconstruction period, the city effortlessly combines old fashioned southern charm with a contemporary cityscape. Birmingham is a fantastic destination for families looking to explore America’s past, couples looking for a romantic city break with a difference and any travellers looking to experience southern hospitality at its finest.
Southside – Located just to the south of Birmingham’s central business district, Southside is one of the most cosmopolitan parts of the city and a hub of Birmingham’s bohemian culture. With much of the neighbourhood built in the late 19th century, it’s also one of Birmingham’s most historic areas.
Mountain Brook - Just outside of Birmingham city centre you’ll find the charming neighbourhood of Mountain Brook. Home to Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Birmingham Zoo, it’s a great choice for families looking to escape the crowds and enjoy an authentic Alabama experience.
Five Points South – The main entertainment hub of the city, Five Points South boasts a great choice of bars, shops and restaurants. Centrally located and boasting a number of historic buildings, Five Points South is ideal for young couples and groups who want to experience Birmingham’s vibrant nightlife.
Pelham – If you want to get close to nature during your stay in Birmingham, head out to the pretty town of Pelham. Just a twenty minutes away by car from downtown Birmingham, Pelham offers hiking, swimming, camping and horseriding in the beautiful Oakfield Mountain State Park.
One of the most iconic sights in the city is the Birmingham Institute of Civil Rights. Its light blue dome, sandy coloured walls and circular façade make the building instantly recognisable, while its evocative contents make it unforgettable. Another must see is the cast iron statue of Roman god Vulcan, which, at 17 metres tall, is the largest cast iron statue in the world. Created for the 1904 World’s Fair, the statue is now located in Vulcan Park which also offers expansive views of the city. For more great views of Birmingham’s skyline, head downtown to Railroad Park and see the city’s skyscrapers reflected in the pretty lake.
With the city playing such an integral role in America’s Civil Rights Movement, no visit to Birmingham would be complete without a trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Visitors who want to learn even more about this fascinating period in US history can also explore the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail, which winds its way through the centre of the city past a number of important sights and monuments. Culture vultures can visit the Birmingham Museum of Art, take in a show at the Historic Alabama Theatre or learn about the city’s musical past in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Visitors who want to get out and get active during their stay in the city should head to the nearby Talladega National Forest or nearby Oakfield Mountain State Park.
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