Attractions

Top Choice Factory in Birmingham

Sloss Furnaces

The Sloss Furnaces constitutes one of Birmingham's can't-miss sites. From 1882 to 1971, this was a pig iron–producing blast furnace and a cornerstone of Birmingham's economy. Today, instead of a wasteland it's a Nat…
Top Choice Museum in Birmingham

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

A maze of moving audio, video and photography exhibits tell the story of racial segregation in America, and the Civil Rights movement, with a focus on activities in and around Birmingham. There's an extensive exhibi…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Alabama

Splinter Hill Bog

Blankets of white-topped pitcher plants can be found here, a 2100 acre plot of land owned and protected by the non-profit Nature Conservancy. Walk into the pitcher-plant bogs (almost immediately visible once you dep…
Top Choice Historic Site in Montgomery

Dexter Avenue Parsonage

The home of Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King has been frozen in time, a snapshot of a mid-century home complete with Mad Men–era furniture, appliances and indoor ashtrays (King was a regular smoker). The…
Landmark in Selma

Edmund Pettus Bridge

Few sites are as iconic to the American Civil Rights movement as the Pettus Bridge. On March 7, 1965, a crowd prepared to march to Montgomery to demonstrate against the murder of a local black activist by police dur…
Historic Site in Tuscaloosa

Moundville Archaeological Park

One of the largest and best-preserved sites of the pre-Columbian Mississippian civilization sits outside of modern Moundville, about 17 miles south of Tuscaloosa. Here, on the dark forested banks of the Black Warrio…
Memorial in Montgomery

Civil Rights Memorial Center

With its circular design crafted by Maya Lin, this haunting memorial focuses on 40 martyrs of the Civil Rights movement. Some cases remain unsolved. Martin Luther King Jr was the most famous, but there were many 'fa…
Museum in Mobile

USS Alabama

The battleship Alabama is a 690ft behemoth famous for escaping nine major WWII battles unscathed – the 'Lucky A' never lost any of her sailors while they served aboard ship. It's a worthwhile self-guided tour just t…
Park in Birmingham

Vulcan Park

Imagine Christ the Redeemer in Rio, but made of iron and depicting a beefcake Roman god of metalworking. Vulcan is visible from all over the city – this is actually the world's largest cast-iron statue – and the par…
Park in Birmingham

Railroad Park

Credit where it's due: Birmingham's Railroad Park, which constitutes some 19 acres of downtown real estate, is a stroke of planning brilliance. As urban green lungs go, this park, and its miles of pathways, public a…