Must-see attractions in Alabama

  • Sloss Furnaces is a National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama in the United States. It operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. After closing it became one of the first industrial sites (and the only blast furnace) in the U.S. to be preserved and restored for public use. In 1981 the furnaces were designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior

    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 Civil Rights Institute.

    Birmingham Civil Rights Institute


    A maze of moving audio, video and photography exhibits tell the story of racial segregation and the Civil Rights movement, with a focus on activities in…

  • National Memorial for Peace & Justice


    Stark and harrowing in its simplicity, this memorial stands in honor of 4400 African American victims of lynching. Great rectangular steel slabs, each the…

  • Splinter Hill Bog

    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…

  • A Saturn 5 rocket appears to be aimming for the moon. The background was taken 10/22/04 at 5:30 pm CST. Taken with a Canon 10D, w/400mm lens set to 400mm. Tv 1/500, Av 8, ISO 400. White balance set to Flurescent. The shot was taken from my front porch in Harvest Al. The Sature 5 was taken 2/17/14 at 2:30 PM CST. at the Space and Rocket center in Huntsville Al. This shot was taken with a canon 7D, with a 28-135 lens set at 28mm. Tv 1/125, Av 6.3, exposure compensation plus 1 and ISO 100. Post process was on the background with PS elements 5, and the rocket with PS element 11 and Perfect photo suite 8.

    US Space & Rocket Center


    If you ever entertained dreams of playing Major Tom to someone's ground control, head here. This Smithsonian-affiliated museum boasts one of the world's…

  • Dismals Canyon Conservatory


    In many other states, Dismals would be a headlining tourist attraction. In North Alabama, it quietly persists as just an amazing place to visit. This…

  • 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,…

  • Live Oak trees near Bon Secour, Alabama

    Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge


    Centuries ago, salt-lashed oak forest, inundated coastal prairie and great quilts of sawgrass covered the Gulf Coast. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • Little Canyon Rive National Preserve Waterfall in Mentone, Alabama

    Little River Canyon


    Occupying an exceptionally beautiful stretch of the Southern Appalachians, the Little River flows much of its course over Lookout Mountain, which marks…

  • Bird (Green Heron) in water

    Audubon Bird Sanctuary – Dauphin Island


    A 3-mile trail wends through 137 acres of maritime forest, sand dunes and wetlands, marking a small space that's a big deal to the world's bird population…

  • Legacy Museum


    This museum, a companion to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, artfully explains the roots of institutionalized racism in the USA, and…

  • Gee's Bend Quilt Collective


    The African American quilt makers of Gee's Bend – officially, Boykin, AL – are the inheritors of a tradition that has been recognized as one of the nation…

  • 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…

  • Rosenbaum House


    Almost every building buff has heard of Taliesin, and even those with no interest in architecture have seen pictures of Fallingwater. But you have to be…

  • 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…

  • Birmingham Museum of Art


    This fine museum boasts an impressive collection, especially given Birmingham's status as a mid-sized city. Inside, you'll find works from Asia, Africa,…

  • Birmingham, AL / USA - May 7, 2017: 16th Street Baptist Church as seen from Kelly Ingram Park; Shutterstock ID 1794704176; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Kelly Ingram Park


    When Bull Conner was the sheriff, civil rights activists, led by Dr King, embarked on a desegregation campaign downtown. Their strategy was to flood the…

  • The Dexter avenue King Memorial Baptist church, where Martin Luther King Jr. worked, Montgomery, AL, USA

    Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church


    Martin Luther King Jr had only recently presided over the congregation at this church when he was chosen to lead the Montgomery bus boycott – precisely…

  • Waterfall at Monte Sano State Park in northern Alabama.

    Monte Sano State Park


    Spanish for 'Mountains of Health,' Monte Sano is a forested upland breath of fresh air located just east of Huntsville. There are some 20 miles of hiking…

  • Fall at Guntersville lake in Alabama.

    Lake Guntersville State Park


    Where much of North Alabama feels a step removed from pure wilderness, Lake Guntersville State Park provides an interesting counterpoint. This park has…

  • Burritt on the Mountain


    Rising over Huntsville like the proverbial house on the hill (because that's exactly what this is), Burritt is a historical mansion turned museum, events…

  • Statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue in Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, North America across from the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. October 13, 2017.; Shutterstock ID 773710357

    16th Street Baptist Church


    This church became a gathering place for organizational meetings and a launchpad for protests in Birmingham in the 1950s and ’60s. During a massive…

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    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…

  • Cane Creek Nature Preserve.Middle Tennessee Hiking Group.Jan 29, 2011

    Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve


    This nature preserve consists of several hundred acres of land carefully and lovingly managed for the public. On site, you'll find leaf-strewn ravines,…

  • Water Garden at the Huntsville Alabama Botanical Gardens

    Huntsville Botanical Garden


    Huntsville residents take great pride in these gardens, which sprawl across 112 acres at the edge of town. On site you'll find a birding trail, aquatic…

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    University of Alabama


    Founded in 1831, the University of Alabama is the most famous institution of higher education and largest public research university in the state it is…

  • Talladega National Forest


    This National Forest encompasses some 612 sq miles of protected land that sits at the very southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains. Talladega covers a…

  • Old Cahawba Archaeological Park


    This eerie ghost town, faded by time and jungly overgrowth, was once the capital of Alabama. By the 20th century, Cahawba was abandoned, and today its…

  • Cathedral Caverns State Park


    The un-hyperbolic nature of the name 'Cathedral Caverns' is made evident when you first approach the cavern entrance, a whopping 126ft wide and 25ft high…

  • Cheaha State Park


    In Muskogee, Cheaha means 'high place,' which is an admirably succinct descriptor of this, the highest mountain in Alabama. The park, and the mountain it…

  • Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum


    If you love motorcycles, this museum is an absolute must. The collection includes 1200 motorcycles dating from today all the way back to 1902, and at…

  • Rosa Parks Museum


    In 1955, activist Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the whites only section of a public bus. This museum, set in front of the bus stop where Mrs…

  • Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum


    The writers' home from 1931 to 1932 now houses first editions, translations and original artwork by Zelda from her sad last days when she was committed to…

  • Russell Cave National Monument


    While it is utterly off the beaten track (and most people's radars), Russell Cave was an important population site of North Alabama for many millennia…

  • Estuarium


    The Estuarium acts as the public education space for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Alabama's primary marine research facility. There are over 100 species on…

  • Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center


    The Alabama Black Belt is known for its many indigenous folk arts, including, most famously, the handmade quilts produced by African American women in Gee…

  • Helen Keller Birthplace


    Helen Keller – to this day perhaps the most beloved native of Alabama – was blind and deaf from the age of 19 months. With the aid of companion Anne…