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Alabama – Things to do

Alabama Attractions

Alabama has so much to offer visitors from vibrant cities with a rich history to serene natural landscapes and a booming food and brewery scene. Get close to nature on the Alabama Scenic River Trail winding along 631 miles of rivers and creeks or stop at one of the many state parks and national forests to spot wildlife. Learn about Alabama’s Civil Rights legacy with a visit to the Rosa Parks museum in Montgomery, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, or explore the Alabama Civil Rights Trail. Experience the unforgettable music across the state, from live music in downtown Mobile to the many fantastic museums and historic site such as FAME Studio, the W.C. Handy Birthplace, Hank Williams Museum and Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

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The Shoals

Made up of the cities of Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Florence, ‘The Shoals’ are deeply associated with the roots of American music. Legendary blues musician W.C. Handy, known as the Father of Blues, was born in Florence and the log cabin where he was raised is now a museum which showcases personal mementos from his life. The four cities made history as the ‘Hit Recording Capitol of the World’ in the 1960s with musicians like Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones heading to the Shoals to record in studios such as FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Take a tour of one of these iconic studios or step into a local bar such as the Rattlesnake Saloon and experience some of the areas fantastic music live.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville is the Alabama’s number one ticketed attraction. Enjoy the incredible interactive exhibits, visit the Saturn V moon rocket, only one of three on display in the world, experience G-forces on the space travel simulator and enjoy inspiring movies in the IMAX® and Digital Theatres.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Take a step back in time at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute where richly detailed exhibits showcase slices of black and white life in Alabama from the late 1800s to the present day. A highlight of the institute is the powerful Movement Gallery which offers a picture of the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1963.