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A trip to Alabama will take you to heart of the USA’s Deep South.  You won’t be short of things to do on your holiday to Alabama, as this place has plenty on offer for couples and families alike. If you want to combine lively cities with sweeping sandy beaches, this is the place for you. A great way to explore the variety and natural beauty of the state is by taking a road trip – sometimes called a fly-drive holiday – where you can tick off some popular cities like Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Muscle Shoals, Mobile, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

During your Alabama holiday, you can experience Southern hospitality at one of the renowned restaurants or local eateries, which serve up delicious cuisine. You can enjoy barbecue delights bursting with flavour, seafood fresh from the Gulf, or creamy banana pudding. There’s more to this place than the fantastic food scene, though, namely the musical heritage. Famous artists have produced record hits at the Fame Studio and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, while music legend Hank Williams was born and bred in Alabama. Why not head to one of the state’s many festivals, for weekends full of jazz, blues and country music?

When you fancy some downtime, spend a few days by the Gulf Coast, where you can soak up the sunshine on one of the pristine beaches. A beach day here offers all kinds of adventures, including watersports like snorkelling and kayaking. Or you could head over to Waterville USA – a family haven packed with waterslides and wave pools, making for a fun-filled day out. Alternatively, spend an evening watching the sunset while sampling oysters and a glass of bubbly at one of the waterfront restaurants. Or dance the night away to live music at a friendly beach bar. 

If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure, our Travel Specialists will help you plan the perfect holiday to Alabama – whether you’re looking for history and culture, a lively beach break, or an exciting road trip.

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Gulf Shores

Mobile

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City sights & attractions

From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to the 32 miles of powder white beaches, you won’t be short of things to do on your trip to Alabama. From the great outdoors, to learning about the history and musical heritage throughout the cities, each place will leave lasting memories.

Head over to Birmingham – Alabama’s largest city – to learn the history of the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. at one of the many museums. Elsewhere, the state capital of Montgomery was where the Montgomery Bus Boycott took place, which you can learn about at the Rosa Parks Museum.

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Or you can explore the state’s music heritage by taking a tour of the original recording studio ‘Muscle Shoals Sound Studio’, where famous records were produced by Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones in the Sixties and Seventies. 

Alternatively, head over to Huntsville and become an astronaut for the day. Immerse yourself in outer space at the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre, which is full of interactive hands-on exhibitions to give you the full experience.

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Birmingham

No trip to Alabama would be complete without a visit to the state’s biggest city, Birmingham. This historical hub is home to all sorts of cultural must-visits, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, which boasts more than 25,000 pieces ranging from Renaissance paintings to Vietnamese ceramics. You should also visit Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where galleries and exhibitions showcase the journey of the Civil Rights Movement in the Sixties, right up to modern-day human rights campaigns.

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Travelling with kids? Spend a day at Birmingham Zoo or explore Red Mountain Park. Covering a whopping 1,500 acres, this incredible green space boasts dozens of trails, as well as three tree houses and a zip-line park.

When you fancy an authentic taste of Alabama, head to Pepper Place Saturday Market. Here, local farmers pile their stalls high with fresh produce, including fruit, cheese, meats and bread. You’ll also find artisan food trucks, serving snacks like burritos and hot dogs.

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Gulf Shores

Most people don’t expect to find beaches in Alabama, but the Gulf Coast is definitely one of the Deep South’s hidden gems. The city of Gulf Shores is a sun-seeker’s paradise, boasting eight public beaches made up of powdery white sands and crystal-clear waters. It’s the perfect place to relax after a busy few days exploring Alabama’s vibrant cities.

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Wildlife-lovers should grab a pair of goggles and swim among the resident rays, turtles and octopi. Or head to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge to see dozens of migratory birds. Alternatively, if golf’s more your thing, why not tee off on Gulf Shores Golf Club? In the evenings, you can listen to the waves lap the shore with a cocktail in hand, or dance the night away to live music at Flora-Bama.

Fancy some watersports during your Alabama holiday? Spend a day at the neighbouring city of Orange Beach. You can go kayaking, snorkelling and paddle-boarding, or – to get your adrenaline pumping – you could try jet-skiing or parasailing.



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Mobile

A glorious melting pot of different cultures, flavours and traditions, Mobile should definitely be on your Alabama itinerary. On the Gulf Coast, this soulful city has all sorts of fantastic attractions – and a 300-year history to boot.

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Mobile’s calendar is bursting with festivals, covering everything from music to food. But the highlight of the year is undoubtedly Mardi Gras. You might be surprised to learn that the first ever Mardi Gras was held in Mobile– not in New Orleans – in 1703 and is still celebrated today. Make sure you plan your trip to coincide with this two-week extravaganza, which ends on Pancake Day.

There’s plenty to see the rest of the year, too. Mobile serves up all sorts of shows and concerts, as well as cultural sites like the Mobile Museum of Art. Plus, history buffs will love the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and History Museum of Mobile.

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Dining delights

Alabama isn’t short of fantastic places to eat, with award-winning restaurants serving up culinary delights from across the world. From slow-cooked meat dishes and local fried green tomatoes, to sophisticated seafood delicacies, the food scene here will not disappoint. One thing’s for sure, traditional barbecue food is not to be missed during your Alabama holiday.

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Head to one of the state’s famous restaurants for mouth-watering meats – and don’t forget to have lashings of Alabama’s white barbecue sauce, for the full Southern experience. Alabamians take barbecue to the next level, and there are even several festivals where chefs come to compete in cook-offs.

Craft beer is also a firm favourite in Alabama, with several breweries across the state. Why not head to Birmingham or Huntsville to visit some of the most popular breweries? You can enjoy a tour and taste your way through some of the local favourites.

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Best time to visit Alabama

Temperatures vary across Alabama, much like the rest of the Deep South. During the summer, it’s often very humid with temperatures reaching 32°C, and there are occasional thunderstorms. But spring is the best time for your Alabama holiday. Between mid-March and late-May, this place is bursting with bright colours, and the temperatures are pleasant for sightseeing – you won’t need more than a light jacket to keep warm. Autumn sees similar weather, too, if you’d prefer to see Alabama’s trees turn red and orange.

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If you’re visiting Alabama during the winter months, many cities host Christmas events and parades to get you in the holiday spirit. At their lowest, temperatures hover around 12°C – so brutally cold weather is not a problem.

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City sights

City sights & attractions

From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to the 32 miles of powder white beaches, you won’t be short of things to do on your trip to Alabama. From the great outdoors, to learning about the history and musical heritage throughout the cities, each place will leave lasting memories.

Head over to Birmingham – Alabama’s largest city – to learn the history of the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. at one of the many museums. Elsewhere, the state capital of Montgomery was where the Montgomery Bus Boycott took place, which you can learn about at the Rosa Parks Museum.

Show More
Show Less

Or you can explore the state’s music heritage by taking a tour of the original recording studio ‘Muscle Shoals Sound Studio’, where famous records were produced by Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones in the Sixties and Seventies. 

Alternatively, head over to Huntsville and become an astronaut for the day. Immerse yourself in outer space at the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre, which is full of interactive hands-on exhibitions to give you the full experience.

Show More
Show Less

Birmingham

Birmingham

No trip to Alabama would be complete without a visit to the state’s biggest city, Birmingham. This historical hub is home to all sorts of cultural must-visits, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, which boasts more than 25,000 pieces ranging from Renaissance paintings to Vietnamese ceramics. You should also visit Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where galleries and exhibitions showcase the journey of the Civil Rights Movement in the Sixties, right up to modern-day human rights campaigns.

Show More
Show Less

Travelling with kids? Spend a day at Birmingham Zoo or explore Red Mountain Park. Covering a whopping 1,500 acres, this incredible green space boasts dozens of trails, as well as three tree houses and a zip-line park.

When you fancy an authentic taste of Alabama, head to Pepper Place Saturday Market. Here, local farmers pile their stalls high with fresh produce, including fruit, cheese, meats and bread. You’ll also find artisan food trucks, serving snacks like burritos and hot dogs.

Show More
Show Less

Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores

Most people don’t expect to find beaches in Alabama, but the Gulf Coast is definitely one of the Deep South’s hidden gems. The city of Gulf Shores is a sun-seeker’s paradise, boasting eight public beaches made up of powdery white sands and crystal-clear waters. It’s the perfect place to relax after a busy few days exploring Alabama’s vibrant cities.

Show More
Show Less

Wildlife-lovers should grab a pair of goggles and swim among the resident rays, turtles and octopi. Or head to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge to see dozens of migratory birds. Alternatively, if golf’s more your thing, why not tee off on Gulf Shores Golf Club? In the evenings, you can listen to the waves lap the shore with a cocktail in hand, or dance the night away to live music at Flora-Bama.

Fancy some watersports during your Alabama holiday? Spend a day at the neighbouring city of Orange Beach. You can go kayaking, snorkelling and paddle-boarding, or – to get your adrenaline pumping – you could try jet-skiing or parasailing.



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Show Less

Mobile

Mobile

A glorious melting pot of different cultures, flavours and traditions, Mobile should definitely be on your Alabama itinerary. On the Gulf Coast, this soulful city has all sorts of fantastic attractions – and a 300-year history to boot.

Show More
Show Less

Mobile’s calendar is bursting with festivals, covering everything from music to food. But the highlight of the year is undoubtedly Mardi Gras. You might be surprised to learn that the first ever Mardi Gras was held in Mobile– not in New Orleans – in 1703 and is still celebrated today. Make sure you plan your trip to coincide with this two-week extravaganza, which ends on Pancake Day.

There’s plenty to see the rest of the year, too. Mobile serves up all sorts of shows and concerts, as well as cultural sites like the Mobile Museum of Art. Plus, history buffs will love the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and History Museum of Mobile.

Show More
Show Less

Food

Dining delights

Alabama isn’t short of fantastic places to eat, with award-winning restaurants serving up culinary delights from across the world. From slow-cooked meat dishes and local fried green tomatoes, to sophisticated seafood delicacies, the food scene here will not disappoint. One thing’s for sure, traditional barbecue food is not to be missed during your Alabama holiday.

Show More
Show Less

Head to one of the state’s famous restaurants for mouth-watering meats – and don’t forget to have lashings of Alabama’s white barbecue sauce, for the full Southern experience. Alabamians take barbecue to the next level, and there are even several festivals where chefs come to compete in cook-offs.

Craft beer is also a firm favourite in Alabama, with several breweries across the state. Why not head to Birmingham or Huntsville to visit some of the most popular breweries? You can enjoy a tour and taste your way through some of the local favourites.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Alabama

Temperatures vary across Alabama, much like the rest of the Deep South. During the summer, it’s often very humid with temperatures reaching 32°C, and there are occasional thunderstorms. But spring is the best time for your Alabama holiday. Between mid-March and late-May, this place is bursting with bright colours, and the temperatures are pleasant for sightseeing – you won’t need more than a light jacket to keep warm. Autumn sees similar weather, too, if you’d prefer to see Alabama’s trees turn red and orange.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re visiting Alabama during the winter months, many cities host Christmas events and parades to get you in the holiday spirit. At their lowest, temperatures hover around 12°C – so brutally cold weather is not a problem.

Show More
Show Less

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