You’re spoiled for choice when you’re touring the southern states of the US.
We have already covered the cultural delights of Asheville, North Carolina on this website, but there are many more places to take your interest besides, including the historic city of Athens in Northeast Georgia, the sunny beach environs of Biloxi, Mississippi, and Charleston, South Carolina, one of the oldest cities in the whole of the US.
But for this article, we are going to discuss the southern state of Alabama, and more specifically, the cities that are well worth a visit in this charming and historic part of America. Take a look below, and consider adding them to your itinerary if you’re traveling this way in the near future.
State Capitol Building (Pixabay Licence)
Alabama’s capital city is perfect for history buffs. Playing a key role in such significant events as the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, you owe it to yourself to visit some of the historic landmarks that have shaped the city, including The State Capitol Building, where President Jefferson Davis took office (and where Martin Luther King gave his famous address to the public), the Civil Rights Memorial Center, and the site where Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus.
Still, this beautiful city has more to offer visitors, be they interested in Southern history, or not. There’s the Museum of Fine Arts, which holds both modern and vintage American art, the Hank Williams Museum, which will please fans of the singing star, and Montgomery Zoo, which hosts animals from Australian, Asian, and South American habitats. There are also parks of great beauty to visit, with nature trails and waterfalls, and mountains to explore if you have remembered to pack your walking boots!
So, there is something for everyone in this landmark city, so be sure to pay a visit. There is a more detailed overview in this list of Alabama tourist attractions.
The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion (Pixabay Licence)
There’s one thing you are guaranteed if you are considering booking hotel rooms in Mobile, and that is plenty of good old-fashioned southern hospitality and charm. The people here are very friendly, so this is one place to visit if you’re looking for a homely stay. And there is much to attract you beyond the kindly folk who live here. Mobile is famous for hosting the earliest Mardi Gras festivals in the US, and there are still parties and other social events being held today that reflect this part of Mobile’s history. And talking of history, Mobile has also featured heavily in the events of both the Civil War and World War 2, so be sure to visit the forts, war museums and memorial parks to learn more about this fascinating city.
While here, you should also take in the beaches and small towns that make up Mobile Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, the freshwater lakes of Dauphin Island, and the historic mansions that are reflective of the affluence of this part of the south.
For a more detailed look at the city and its attractions, check out this list of things to see and do. You will not be disappointed.
Thanks for reading!