For many travelers, Alabama is limited to a state that is crossed to reach Atlanta or Florida. Those who dare to distance themselves from the main roads, however, will begin to perceive it as a destination in its own right, rather than simply a gateway to another region. No one in the world has undertaken more road trips than me in Alabama. Every visit is a source of discovering new experiences in Alabama that make anyone want to go back again and again.
For a state without a professional baseball or American football team, the presence of the sport in this list may seem incongruous. Alabama is a temple of golf, fishing, racing or university football fans.
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail includes 426 competition holes on 26 public golf courses, which are located in 11 sites throughout Alabama. These sumptuous greens were designed by Robert Trent Jones, the legendary course designer, and funded by the state’s retirement system. Some holes have no fewer than 12 departure areas ranked by level rather than by age or gender. Playing on all the fields must be included in the program of any golf enthusiast.
Did you know that over the last seven years, five winners of the university football championship come from Alabama? The University of Alabama won in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015, while Auburn University was crowned in 2010. Even if you do not have the opportunity to attend a meeting, Atmosphere and pre-game food. These university football fans have an unparalleled energy and passion for sport.
The Talladega Superspeedway, located in Talladega, is with more than four kilometers the longest circuit of NASCAR. Even if your stay does not coincide with a race, you will not regret visiting the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Museum. If you are rash, you can even drive a real NASCAR racing car on the track as part of the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure.
In Alabama, the Gulf Coast is a sport fishing paradise. The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is the largest fishing tournament in the world, with rewards of up to $ 1 million! Alabama is full of lakes and waterways ideal for freshwater fishing.
Personalities such as George Washington Carver, Helen Keller, Hank Williams, Jesse Owens, Nat King Cole, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Harper Lee and Condoleezza Rice, all from Alabama, are only part of the rich and varied past of State. If you like history, you will not be able to miss some of these major sites.
The port city of Mobile was founded more than three centuries ago and is the American cradle of the carnival. It has all the charms of New Orleans, without attracting so many tourists.
The City of Selma is registered in the US National Register of Historic Places, the Register of Historic Monuments of the United States, for its major role in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The Edmund Pettus Bridge , Where the bloody confrontation between police and protesters marching towards Montgomery, is one of its most notable sites. It was also in Selma that lived Edgar Cayce, the famous “sleeping prophet”.
The battleship USS Alabama served during the Second World War in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Today it is the iconic piece of the Battleship Memorial Park, located in Mobile Bay. In addition to this building, you will admire vintage military aircraft such as a World War II submarine, a B-52 bomber and a P-51 Mustang piloted by the Tuskegee Airmen.
Located on the banks of the Black Warrior, the Moundville Archaeological Park site is home to 26 imposing mounds shaped by the Amerindians between 1000 and 1450 AD. The park also has a café, a museum and a souvenir shop.
Alabama enjoys some of the most idyllic landscapes in the United States. Whether you are visiting the Tennessee for the mountains to the north or the sandy beaches bordering the Gulf of Mexico, not to mention its many old farms or majestic plantations, your camera will be your best ally. The sunsets overlooking the sea on Fairhope Municipal Pier or Tuscaloosa on the shores of the Black Warrior will leave you with an unforgettable memory.
The US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville is the world’s largest museum devoted to space travel devices. In addition to an impressive rocket collection, the center is home to the Space Shuttle Pathfinder, the Apollo 16 mission control module, the Skylab project’s orbital workshop, a lunar rock brought back during the Apollo 12 mission, and Exploring 1, the first American satellite. The museum also offers simulators, IMAX films and interactive exhibitions. It is one of the most popular attractions in Alabama.
The charm of Alabama is characterized by a certain eccentricity that will make your road trip in this state particularly fun. Here are some of the pearls that deserve your attention.
In Scottsboro , the Unclaimed Baggage Center is a kind of giant store where items are recovered from baggage lost or unclaimed by airline passengers.
In the city center of Enterprise stands a monument to the glory of the cotton weevil . It is a tribute to the insect that ravaged the cotton fields and forced farmers to grow peanuts, which was synonymous for them prosperity.
Bamahenge is a life-size fiberglass reconstruction of the Stonehenge site, a stone’s throw from the town of Elberta.
In Cullman , the Ave Maria Grotto is a park of more than one hectare with a collection of 125 miniature replicas of shrines and the most famous monuments of the world, carried out by a hunchback monk’s name Brother Joseph.
The people of Alabama have a real barbecue passion. Like religion or American football, it is an integral part of the local culture. The state has about as many churches as there are grill restaurants, which means something at the heart of the “Bible Belt”. The barbeque is therefore an absolute must for your stay in Alabama. Each cook will have his own style and philosophy about the best way to cook a pig. I advise you to ask an inhabitant where is the best BBQ of the city, each one having its opinion. From what I’ve seen on my travels, my favorites are the Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Tuscaloosa, Archibald’s BBQ in Northport and the Big Bob Gibson Bar-BQ in Decatur.