From trails to tunes to sandy shores and majestic canyons, discover what makes the Yellowhammer State a must-visit destination.
December 14th is National Alabama Day, a special occasion celebrating the rich heritage and diverse culture of the 22nd state to join the union. Beyond its historical significance, Alabama is a haven of natural wonders, attracting visitors with its magnificent landscapes, 60 miles of pristine shoreline and 9 national parks. To honor the day, we curated a list of some of the top attractions that make Alabama a true gem in the heart of the South.
Gulf State Park
Located along the stunning Gulf of Mexico you’ll find a 6,150-acre public playground packed with outdoor activities. Unwind on the sun-soaked beaches, play a game of tennis or tee up for a round of golf. There’s also a 900-acre lake for fishing, swimming and water skiing; plus plenty of charming cottages and campsites to stay the night.
Little River Canyon National Preserve
Known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," this preserve is a geological marvel boasting sheer sandstone cliffs, lush forests and cascading waterfalls. The 23-mile Canyon Rim Parkway offers scenic drives with breathtaking overlooks, hiking trails with panoramic views and world-class rock climbing access points for adrenaline-seekers.
Bankhead National Forest
Need a nature fix? Bankhead National Forest is your green escape with rolling hills, dense woodlands and babbling streams that'll make you want to skip stones. With more than 180,000 acres to explore, you’ll uncover diverse flora and fauna, hidden waterfalls, miles of hiking trails and a vast expanse of unspoiled beauty.
Oak Mountain State Park
Nestled just south of Birmingham and spanning more than 9,000 acres, Oak Mountain State Park stands as Alabama's largest state park. It provides the perfect blend of relaxation and recreation, whether you're into mountain biking, fishing, paddle boating, wildlife encounters or simply enjoying a leisurely picnic by a serene lake—there's something for everyone.
Alabama Music Hall of Fame
From country crooners to jazz virtuosos, this treasure trove of tunes pays homage to the legendary artists who have shaped Alabama's diverse musical scene. With interactive exhibits, memorabilia and a stage set for iconic performances, it's like having a backstage pass to immerse yourself in the captivating stories of the state's famed maestros.