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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 American in Birmingham

Highlands Bar & Grill

Frank Stitt's most acclaimed restaurant, Highlands has been serving up modern Southern cuisine using French cooking techniques since 1982 in this elegant, 1920s-inspired dining room. The service is as outstanding as…
Top Choice Barbecue in Birmingham

Saw's Soul Kitchen

Saw's has exploded onto the Birmingham barbecue scene with a vengeance, offering some of the most mouth-watering smoked meat in the city, served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Stuffed potatoes make a nice addition…
Top Choice Bar in Birmingham

Garage Café

A crowd of hipsters and older drinking pros knock back their brew while tapping their toes to live music in a courtyard full of junk, antiques, ceramic statues and, quite literally, the kitchen sink.
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…
Top Choice Bar in Birmingham


Marty's plays to hipsters, cool kids and an unapologetically geeky crowd, who are all attracted to a friendly bar packed with comic book art, Star Wars memorabilia, role-playing-game references, DJ nights, pop-up di…
Top Choice Mexican in Birmingham

Tacos Dos Hermanos

Excellent tacos – simple, delicious, cheap and...look, we have to stress: delicious. These guys sling a simple menu, will accommodate vegetarians, work hard and pull in huge crowds ranging from construction workers …
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…