Alabama

Sweet home Alabama really does live up to its name.Alabama is the epitome of the friendly, easy going, laid back lifestyle long associated with the Deep South. From the lush green forests and mountains in the north to the sun drenched beaches on the Gulf Coast, you will find a land of cotton, Civil War Battlefields, Civil Rights history, oak trees draped in Spanish moss and bayous brimming with crawfish.

The geography of Alabama varies dramatically from North to South starting in the mountainous north and moving through the cotton fields of central Alabama down to the sugary white sand beaches in the south. This varying geography provides awe-inspiring scenery of lakes, mountains, canyons and caves offering a diverse range of outdoor activities like golf, hiking, biking, horse-riding and fishing.

Top Tips

If you enjoy golf then the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a must in Alabama with 468 holes at 11 different locations. In total, it's 100 miles of golfing bliss!

Have a picnic at Battleship Memorial Park after getting on board at the USS Alabama in Mobile.

For the best BBQ ribs you'll ever taste, look out for one of the eight Dreamland Bar-B-Que Ribs restaurants throughout the states of Alabama.

Mobile is not only recognized as celebrating the first known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 (yes, even before New Orleans), but also as home to "America's Family Mardi Gras".

Experience living history at Mobile’s Fort Condé and Dauphin Island’s Fort Gaines.

There are over 347 species of birds on Dauphin Island. See if you can spot them all!

Make it a day of hiking, biking, swimming and more at Chickasabogue Park, Mobile.

The Antebellum home is one of the iconic images of the Deep South. There are over 100 historic Antebellum homes throughout Alabama.

Birmingham's Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is home to one of the largest collections of vintage motorcycles and vehicles in the world.

Check out for a beach day at Dauphin Island, just along the coast from Mobile.

Rich in history

Alabama is a state rich in history and is probably best known for its key role in two of the most momentous events in US history, the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. In 1861, Southern politicians gathered at the State Capitol in Montgomery and formed the Confederate States of America with Montgomery as its first Capital. The telegram that started the Civil War was sent from here. Three years later in 1864, Mobile Bay in the south of the state was also the scene of an important naval struggle when the outnumbered Confederate fleet surrendered. Alabama was also under the World’s spotlight from 1955 to 1968 when the Civil Rights Movement gathered pace under the leadership of Dr Martin Luther King. Museums, bridges, churches and historic sites chronicle key episodes of this movement throughout the State. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, the Rosa Parks Museum and Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute are just some of the must-see museums and landmarks.

Alabama's music & festivals

Juke Joints, Hangouts and Honkytonks, you’ve heard the legends of the Deep South, now hop on board and share the passions of its natives. Quirky venues… well there’s one in every town!

Alabama has a great musical heritage and is the birthplace and influence of some of the true greats such as WC Handy, Nat King Cole and Hank Williams. The Shoals region in the north western corner of the state, on the banks of the Tennessee River, is the home of Alabama music. Here you can tour music studios where international superstars like Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Rolling Stones came to record in the 1960s and 70s.

This musical heritage is celebrated across the state with a number of annual festivals. Mobile is recognised as having Americas first Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 and the celebration is bigger than ever today. During Mardi Gras season, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands and colourful floats.

Golfing in Alabama

Alabama offers some of the very best golfing available in the US, with championship standard courses dotted throughout the state. From the fast greens around the sand dunes of the Gulf Coast, to the doglegged fairways surround by dogwoods and magnolias in the north, Alabama makes the perfect golfing destination.

The unique ‘Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’ offering 468 holes of championship golf on 11 sites has been voted ‘Number One Golf Value in America’ by Golf Digest. Three of its golf courses have also been ranked as Number 1, 2 and 38 of the top 50 public golf courses in the U.S. by Golf World Readers. Many of these sites also now offer 5 star luxury resorts and spas.

Golf in Alabama is not just restricted to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail however. See our 5 ‘best of the rest’ golf courses throughout Alabama below:

  • Craft Farms, Gulf Shores: Enjoy 36 holes on two courses, Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend. They are the only two courses designed by Arnold Palmer in
    the state.
  • FarmLinks at Pursell Farms, Sylacauga: This family farm golf resort and its 7,444-yard, Hurdzan Fry-designed course, chosen by Golfweek as the state’s No. 1 all-access golf course, is often used by the golf industry to test new products.
  • TimberCreek Golf Club, Daphne: Carved from a forest of dogwoods, magnolias and pines, this 27-hole course designed by Earl Stone is known for its rolling fairways and elevation changes.
  • Joe Wheeler State Park Golf Course, Florence: Earl Stone designed this 18-holer that rolls across gentle hills, sidles up to a river and passes through a wildlife sanctuary.
  • Ol’ Colony Golf Course, Tuscaloosa: Test your golf mettle on this Jerry Pate-designed municipal course. Water throughout adds to the challenge—and fun.

Did you know?

  • The state is home to 36 National Historic Landmarks and more than 1,200 sites that are included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Alabama’s Lake Eufaula has been called the ‘Bass Fishing Capital of the World’ and Dothan has been dubbed the ‘Peanut Capital of the World’
  • Summerdale’s Alligator Alley is home to Captain Crunch, who is more than 13 feet long and holds the world record for bite strength.
  • The constitution was written at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, which you can tour today as well as visit the First White House of the Confederacy.
  • Famous Alabamians include Courtney Cox, Channing Tatum, Jesse Owens and Nat King Cole.

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