Head to Alabama for History, Music and Culture
With classic Southern cooking and down-home charm, it’s no mystery how Sweet Home Alabama got its famous nickname. But Alabama is more than meets the eye – with white sandy beaches, world-class golfing and graceful architecture. When you visit Alabama, you also can see how the state played an important part in the country’s music, space exploration and civil rights history.
Thinking of planning your next visit? Here are some ideas you don’t want to miss:
Head up to Muscle Shoals to see iconic music studios where greats like Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Percy Sledge and The Rolling Stones came to record their iconic sounds. Head to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia to see gold records and music memorabilia. Visit the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery.
Have an unforgettable golfing experience at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, created by acclaimed golf course designer Robert Trent Jones. Featuring 26 courses and 468 holes, each of the 11 sites around the state offers something unique for players of any skill level.
Alabama played an important part in the Civil Rights movement and there is plenty for history buffs to see. In Montgomery visit the Rosa Parks Museum, see the Freedom Rides Museum and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. Visit Selma for the National Voting Rights Museum to learn about the historic march’s “foot soldiers.” Dothan offers the G.W. Carver Interpretive Museum that honors the life of Dr. George Washington Carver.
Did you know that Dothan is the peanut capital of the world? About half of the peanuts in circulation are grown within 100 miles of Dothan. The National Peanut Festival celebrates the end of harvest season every fall.
Not far from Dothan is the U.S. Army Aviation Museum in Fort Rucker. The museum offers the largest collection of Army helicopters, airplanes and unmanned aircraft in the country. It features historic military artifacts, photos, video kiosks and films and an extensive archives and gift shop.
SOUTHERN ARCHITECTURE FANS
Eufaula boasts the state’s oldest and largest tour of homes, the Eufaula Pilgrimage, each spring. The pilgrimage features some of the South’s grandest historic homes, featuring period heirlooms and surrounded by gracious gardens. A Christmas tour showcases the houses in holiday splendor.
See the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, a free 50-acre oasis of landscaped areas and unspoiled nature trails. Tuskegee National Forest, overflowing with natural and cultural history, offers hiking trails, campgrounds, horseback riding and fishing. Nature lovers will also enjoy the natural diversity of the Conecuh National Forest, an 84,000-acre oasis offering hunting, camping and hiking. For miles of white sandy beaches, head to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Dauphin Island for fun in the sun.
No matter what your interests, this charmer of a state has something for you.
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