Alabama, which is on the Gulf of Mexico, borders the state of Tennessee to the north, Mississippi to the west , Georgia to the east, and Florida to the south . You can also combine a vacation in Alabama with the surrounding areas. The capital of Alabama is Montgomery. From the Netherlands it is best to fly to Atlanta or New Orleans and from these places it is easy to visit Alabama.
10 Places of Interest in Alabama
According to Beautyphoon, Alabama has a lot to offer the visitor, especially in the field of civil rights and its history. This history can be found especially along the Civil Rights Trail.
1. Alabama River
Alabama River, is a river in southern Alabama, U.S. It is formed by the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers 7 miles northeast of Montgomery, meanders west to Selma, then flows south. The navigable length is 305 miles (491 km), and the river drains 22,800 square miles (59,050 square km).
2. Birmingham civil rights institute
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BRCI) is a modern museum that serves as a link to the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, a collection of sites significant to the Civil Rights Movement. Visitors can experience a rendition of a segregated city in the 1950s, as well as a replica Freedom Riders bus and even the actual cell door from which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail’. The institute also houses an extensive archive of civil rights movement documents and nearly 500 recorded oral histories relevant to the period. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the BRCI also has traveling exhibits on the Freedom Rides, Selma-to-Montgomery marches, 16th Street Baptist Church bombings, Elder Grace and lesbian families living in the Deep South. The museum also hosts annual celebrations on historical dates, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month.
3. Little River Canyon
Located on the border of DeKalb and Cherokee counties, in the rugged but verdant landscape of northeastern Alabama, Little River Canyon National Preserve (the Reserve) was established in 1992 by public law 102-427 to protect the landscapes of the Little River Canyon Little River Canyon is one of the most spectacular landforms in this region, carved into the flat top of Lookout Mountain and reaching depths of over 600 feet in some parts. It is one of the deepest canyon systems east of the Mississippi River and the deepest in the state of Alabama.
4. Tuskegee Institute
The Tuskegee Institute was founded by Booker T. Washington to teach blacks the skills to better themselves. It became an institute where brilliant inventions were made to do other things with products from the south.
5. Russel cave national park
Russell Cave is an archaeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the South East. In the 1950s, archaeologists discovered a large amount of artifacts representing more than 10,000 years of use in one place. Today, the Russell Cave National Monument helps bring to light many cultural developments of phenomenal human journeys.
6. Cheaha Mountain
Cheaha Mountain, often referred to as Mount Cheaha, is the highest natural point in Alabama at 2,407 feet above sea level. It is located in northern Alabama in Cheaha State Park. Surrounded by the Talladega National Forest, in the foothills of the Appalachians. This dramatic landscape takes its name from the Creek Indian name for the mountain, “chaha” meaning “high place.”
7. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, commemorates the contributions of African American pilots in World War II. Moton Field was the site of primary flight training for the pioneering pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
8. Visit cities
Visit cities such as Selma , Montgomery and Birmingham for their important history of Civil Rights in America.
9. Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile scenic drive from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee with 53 miles in the northwestern part of Alabama in Lauderdale and Colbert counties. A National Scenic Byway and All American Road, key locations along the Trace in Alabama include Colbert Ferry, Buzzard Roost Spring, Rock Spring, Lauderdale, Bear Creek, and Freedom Hills Overlook.
10. Freedom Riders National Monument
The site of the 1961 bus fire and former Greyhound station in downtown Anniston are now part of the National Park Service and are dedicated to the Freedom Riders’ achievements in the fight for civil rights. This bus station, along with the Trailways station, is also part of the Anniston Civil Rights and Heritage Trail. The Trailways station marks the location where a second group of Freedom Riders stopped on their journey to Birmingham. Although this bus was not attacked in the same manner as the first, a group of white men boarded the second bus and harassed the Freedom Riders on their two-hour journey to Birmingham. Today, you can visit these sites to honor the Freedom Riders’ influence on the Civil Rights Movement.