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Best place to visit in Alabama ?
Posted January 3rd, 2013 - 1:36 am by from Rennes, France (Permalink)
Hi everybody !

My name is Nicolas, I am French, I live in Detroit and I am planning a trip in the South of the United States in March. I would like to know your opinion about Alabama. What is the best place to visit for example ? I only know Montgomery and Birmingham but I still don't know what will be my choice cause I will stay there for a short-time.

Posted January 3rd, 2013 - 3:40 am by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Here's a few options.

-Civil Rights Museums could be a possible visit for ya whether it's in Birmingham or Montgomery.

-Well, if it's warm enough, tubing on the Cahaba River is nice around the Birmingham area.

-Cheaha State Park (Near Anniston, which is halfway between Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, Al on I-20) has gorgeous views, especially during a sunrise or sunset.

-Orange Beach in Gulf Shores, Al is pretty relaxing if you're in the mood to go to a beach.

-Oh, and there's this cave I've been wanting to visit called the Russell Cave National Monument that has literally miles of passageways.

-The DeSoto Caverns are pretty cool though, which I definitely recommend to visit at least once. You can even stay overnight there, but only if you have a large group.

-And I know that there should be some festivals/events going on once spring and summer rolls around, but I'm thinking it's going to happen in April or thereafter. (Like the Gumbo gala, Cajun fest or the Wings fest..Mmm.)

Posted January 4th, 2013 - 4:12 am by from Rennes, France (Permalink)
Thank you for your reply ! I will probably move to one city because I will not have so much time. In your opinion, which is the best one to visit : Birmingham or Montgomery ? And why ?



Posted January 7th, 2013 - 12:34 am by from Nashville, United States (Permalink)
I agree with everything the previous person said. I think it depends on what you'd like to do. Montgomery is more historic and quaint and Birmingham is probably more modern. If you choose Montgomery, be sure to check out the state capitol. I lived in Birmingham for two years so I know a lot more to do there. Definitely visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Vulcan. If you feel like visiting a more rural area near Birmingham, check out Montevallo, AL. It's a college town so there's plenty of friendly young people to tell you where to go and tons of outdoor activities to do, including visiting the Cahaba River.

Posted January 9th, 2013 - 12:22 am by from Birmingham, United States (Permalink)
Great suggestions, MJ & Whitney.

Here are some sites to get an idea of events around B'ham & the region:




Weather-wise, March can be a conundrum for this state. We may have torrential rain, drought, a blizzard (1993), or heat wave with highs in the 90s. More than likely, it will be humid with some rainy days & cool to warm but expect the unexpected.

Any more info needed, just reply to this thread! Drop us 'Hamsters a line once your arrival dates are set, and same for those in the 'Gump.

Posted February 10th, 2013 - 4:49 am by from Rennes, France (Permalink)
Thank you to all you for your precious advice ! I will finally travel to Alabama in May and I will try to visit as much places as possible :)

If you have any other ideas, feel free to share :)