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Alabama Travel Guide

INTRODUCTION
Known as the "Heart of Dixie," Alabama is bordered by Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. It is the birthplace of many famous Americans, including legendary jazz singer Nat King Cole, baseball players Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, civil rights heroine Rosa Parks, and deaf-blind author Helen Keller. Its capital is Montgomery.

Other cities include:

Anniston
Auburn
Bessemer
Birmingham
Decatur
Demopolis
Dothan
Eufaula
Florence
Gadsden
Gulf Shores
Hoover
Huntsville
Jasper
Mobile
Phenix City
Selma
Troy
Tuscaloosa
Tuskegee

HISTORY

Alabama is named for one of the many Native American tribes that once flourished in the southeastern part of the United States. The area was colonized by the French in 1702, became part of British West Florida in 1763, joined the United States as part of the Mississippi Territory 20 years later, and finally became a state in 1819. Alabama seceded from the Union during the Civil War, but was readmitted as a state in 1868. Like many agrarian southern states, Alabama suffered economic hardship in the period between the Reconstruction and World War II.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Alabama became the epicenter of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Many famous events of the movement took place in Alabama, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.

ATTRACTIONS

One of Alabama's greatest attractions is its scenery. A visit to one of its impressive nature reserves affords opportunities for camping and fishing. For those who prefer their exposure to nature once removed, many reserves also offer accommodations including chalets, resorts, or cabins. Depending on which part of the state you plan to visit, there are many attractions to choose from. Every summer, Montgomery hosts the seventh-largest Shakespeare festival in the world. In Birmingham, highlights include the Civil Rights Institute and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

For the active traveller, Alabama affords opportunities for caving, horseback riding, or cruising the Mississippi on board a riverboat. For wildlife enthusiasts, the North Alabama Birding Festival is an exciting option, in addition to fishing, climbing and hiking. For families on the go, a variety of venues offer mini golf and go-karting, including the theme park Vision Land.


 
 
 
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