alabama

Journey through the Heart of Dixie’s rich tapestry of experiences

The Yellowhammer State

Trace the profound legacy of America’s Civil Rights Movement
Alabama, nestled in the southeastern United States, is rich with history, culture, and natural wonders.

Trace the profound legacy of civil rights through iconic landmarks such as Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, Montgomery's Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, and the Rosa Parks Museum and cross the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, each step echoing the courage that shaped a nation.

Explore Alabama's vibrant music scene, embracing genres like blues, gospel, and country by taking a journey to the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound and Fame Recording Studios, where renowned musicians crafted some of their timeless hits. And, for those with a fascination for space, Huntsville, the "Rocket City," awaits. Learn about space exploration and experience simulated missions at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of Space Camp.

Whether you're exploring civil rights landmarks, delving into the musical legacy, or embracing the wonders of nature, Alabama beckons with a captivating journey through time and a celebration of the timeless spirit that defines the "Heart of Dixie."

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Alabama. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

Civil Rights Memorial Centre

Montgomery, Alabama 

Delve into history at the Civil Rights Memorial Centre, honouring the triumphs and tragedies that took place during the modern American Civil Rights Movement. Located close to the Rosa Parks Museum, Alabama State Capitol, and Dexter King Memorial Baptist Church where Dr. King served as pastor during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

U.S. Space & Rocket Centre

Huntsville, Alabama

Reach for the stars at the US Space & Rocket Centre, home to Space Camp and recognised as one of the most comprehensive US piloted space flight hardware museums in the world with an impressive collection of space artifacts, including the Saturn V. The most visited attraction in Alabama, and the ideal place for space enthusiasts to learn about space exploration.

Helen Keller's Birthplace

Tuscumbia, Alabama, 

Step into the inspiring world of Helen Keller at Ivy Green, the historic house museum, and birthplace of Helen Keller. Witness the beginning of Helen's communication journey through sign language and see the original water pump where Anne Sullivan's breakthrough moment occurred - a heartfelt tribute to her extraordinary legacy.

Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island, Alabama

Hop on the ferry to Dauphin Island, one of Alabama's best-kept secrets. Nestled at the Gulf of Mexico's doorstep, this barrier island is your ticket to tranquillity. Unwind in its laid-back vibe, ideal for a serene day trip getaway. Don't miss the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, a haven for bird enthusiasts with its diverse feathered residents.

Muscle Shoals Sound Studios

Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Since 1969, this famous, unassuming studio has been the centre of the legendary "Muscle Shoals sound." Icons like Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and The Rolling Stones made magic here, turning this studio into a hallowed ground where soul, R&B, and rock converged. Come see where the magic was made!

16th Street Baptist Church

Birmingham, Alabama

Visit the iconic 16th Street Baptist Church steeped in significant historical importance with stories etched in its walls. Renovated after the pivotal 1963 bombing, the church stands today as a symbol of resilience and a reminder of the unity the events surrounding it sparked in the civil rights movement.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Alabama

Follow the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a stunning collection of courses carved out of the hills, valleys, and marshes of Alabama. A total of 468 holes on 26 courses across 11 sites provides an unforgettable experience to golfers of all skill levels earning its stripes as one of the nation's premier golfing adventures. Chat to Travel USA for more details on how and where to play.

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

Mobile, Alabama

Step back in time and explore the mighty WWII battleship USS ALABAMA and the submarine USS DRUM, both located in the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. The aircraft pavilion is a treasure trove with over 30 historic planes and military vehicles including the Mach 3 A-12 Blackbird super secret spy plane and newly restored B-25 Mitchell Bomber.

Rosa Parks Museum

Montgomery, Alabama

Relive a pivotal moment in history at this powerful tribute to the indomitable Civil Rights icon, Rosa Parks. Uncover the events leading up to her courageous act of defiance in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus. Gain insights into the Montgomery Bus Boycott and its pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Little River Canyon Preserve

Lookout Mountain, Alabama

Embark on a unique adventure in Little River Canyon Preserve, a special place located in the Southern Appalachians - unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain. With forested uplands, waterfalls, and cliffs, it's a playground for outdoor enthusiasts offering everything from serene hikes to thrilling rock climbing.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Tuskegee, Alabama

The Tuskegee National Historic Site at Moton Field offers a profound journey into African American history honouring the bravery and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. Through exhibits, films, and guided tours, visitors gain insight into the enduring legacy of these trailblazers in American history.

Edmund Pettus Bridge

Selma, Alabama

Stride across the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge, a steel arch marvel that still echoes with history from the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, where brave advocates for voting rights faced violence on 'Bloody Sunday.' Today, it stands tall as a symbol of the enduring fight for civil rights and equality in the U.S.

Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum

Birmingham, Alabama

Step back in time at this contemporary, glass-enclosed paradise for motorcycle enthusiasts and motorsport fans. Marvel at the world's largest collection of motorcycles and Lotus race cars, featuring over 1,000 vintage and modern two-wheeled wonders, including the iconic 1995 Britten V1000.

Hank Williams Museum

Montgomery, Alabama

Dedicated to the life and legacy of the legendary country singer-songwriter Hank Williams showcasing a collection of memorabilia, including clothing, instruments, personal artifacts, and original recordings. Immerse yourself in Williams' iconic music, learn about his impact on country music, and gain insight into his tumultuous yet brilliant career. Fans can also visit his final resting place located nearby and travel on to Georgian to view his childhood home.

Rattlesnake Saloon

Tuscumbia, Alabama

Dine out at the Rattlesnake Saloon, a one-of-a-kind restaurant, nestled beneath a natural stone bluff, that serves up Southern cuisine with a side of rustic charm. Guests can enjoy Southern cuisine and live music in a unique cave-like setting, making for a memorable experience.

Alabama High Falls Park stunning view of Falls

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Alabama Cheaha State Park stunning sunrise

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