Alabama is the 30th largest state in the United States of America. It is situated in the southeastern part of the lower 48 states, between Georgia and Mississippi. Alabama has a coastline on the Gulf of Mexico. While the coast is smaller than those of Florida or Mississippi, it does have a large, pristine sugar-white beach that is a popular vacation spot: Gulf Shores. Birmingham -way down, in Alabam’- is the most populous city of the state and a nice city to spend some time. It is also a good starting point for seeing the sights around it.
Believe it or not, Alabama has covered bridges. If you’re a fan of the old wooden, one lane covered crossings, you might want to visit some of our 12 bridges still standing. Some are still in use, even! See the Covered Bridges section for more info.
Although it is not a popular tourist destination, Alabama has a lot more to offer than you might think. Alabama saw many battles during the American Civil War and a lot of struggle during the American Civil Rights Movement. The state offers pristine rivers, the waterfalls and lakes of the Appalachian foothills, the subtropical bayous and white beaches of the gulf coast, and some historic Southern cities.
Alabama has a rich heritage when it comes to black American’s struggles for equality. The key civil rights historical locations are scattered throughout the state. See the Civil Rights section for details.
Huntsville, home of NASA’s Space and Rocket Center, is a fascinating mix of the space-age new and Antebellum old. A walking tour of Twickenham Town is a must see, and lovely hiking trails are easy to find on Monte Sano mountain, inside the city limits.