If you’re looking for a road trip with a difference, look no further than exploring Alabama. You may have traveled extensively to other parts of the USA, but the unique mix of poignant antebellum history, ultramodern vibrant cities and breathtaking natural landscapes make a trip to this Deep South state irresistible. With historic neighbourhoods, world-famous Southern food and so much more to offer, this American destination should definitely have a place on your travel bucket list. There is so much to see that booking a hotel in Mobile, Alabama to base yourself in for a few days is a must.
Explore History In Mobile
There’s no doubt that a deep dive into the chequered history of the former Confederate States makes for eye-opening and sometimes uncomfortable learning, but for any history fans or those with an interest in the American Civil War, Mobile is a fascinating and unique destination. A landscape with everything from colonnaded mansions with spiral staircases and drifting Spanish Moss, to Creole cottages covers a host of historical architectural styles. Kick off with a visit to Fort Conde, a reconstructed French Fort originally built in 1723 to defend Mobile and full of cannons, guns and other antique weaponry. The Portier house is also worth a look – build on the site of a former Spanish burial ground, it’s unique beauty can be combined with a stop at the Magnolia Cafe, whose chicken salad dishes are famous across the state.
Relax At The Gulf Coast
If it’s a beachside vacation you want to experience, then Alabama’s stunning Gulf Coast is an ideal destination. You can take part in adventures ranging from parasailing, hot air balloon rides, scuba diving to dolphin cruises. 32 miles of sugar white sandy beaches are yours to explore, whether you just want to kick back with a mimosa and listen to the waves hitting the shore, or prefer a little more action.
A Hit Of Southern Hospitality
If you time your trip just right, there are lots of festivals and celebrations which light up this southern state throughout the year. Mobile celebrates a family friendly version of Mardi Gras, ideal for those wanting to party, and there’s also the Ballyhoo Festival – a celebration of art and culture that will give you a real taste of what Alabama is all about. If you fancy yourself as a foodie, then hop over to Tuscaloosa and Northport, a charming downtown areas which features some of the state’s best fine dining restaurants and hosts the annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts every October. You can also go straight to the producers on a tour with some of the state’s famed artisanal cheese makers, sampling your way through the beautiful farmlands. Alabama is also home to a growing craft beer scene and is full of quirky micro-breweries offer tastings and more.
From a tour following the Civil Rights Trail in Montgomery to visiting the U.S Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, where you can see the Saturn V rocket, the diversity of activities on offer is striking. Catch the gala season of the Birmingham Opera Company or relax in nature at Monte Sano State Park. Hop over to Dauphin Island to experience aquariums, a bird sanctuary and a living marsh boardwalk. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll soon be planning a return visit.