A blend of thought-provoking history, modern cities, and natural beauty make this state "Sweet Home Alabama." Antebellum homes dot Huntsville, where the Saturn rocket was designed, and Montgomery's modern state government buildings stand near the First White House of the Confederacy. Birmingham, a major medical research center, has 99 historic neighborhoods.
Rocky, wooded hills and vast caves, perfect for hiking and spelunking, lay to the north. Expansive lakes and rivers mark the interior and white-sand beaches rim the Gulf Coast. Scenic vistas line well-maintained highways leading to colonial forts, Civil War sites, and charming towns.
Summers are hot and humid, yes, but Alabama’s year-round mild climate also means winter temperatures rarely dip below 55°F, perfect weather for exploring 26 courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Alabama cuisine is a regional buffet. Sample the coast’s fresh seafood, the center’s barbecue, and the soul food served everywhere. City-based chefs work culinary magic at some of the American South’s best restaurants.