A land of history and culture, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ stretches from the beach to the mountains. Music is all around you, from the gospel sung in churches to the sound of blues, country and jazz drifting out of bars all over the state. Dine out on fresh seafood or delicious barbecue and learn about everything from the Civil Rights movement to space travel.
The good news is that most days in Alabama are warm and sunny, with rainfall lowest in October and highest in March. Spring usually arrives early in the state, as does summer, with temperatures averaging in the 80s and 90s for much of June, July and August. This is the perfect time to make the most of Alabama’s white beaches, with vibrant nightlife completing the party atmosphere.
The state is beautiful all year round but particularly stunning in fall, when the yellow and scarlet poplars, maples and dogwoods sweep across the countryside. It’s also less busy at this time, with flights and accommodation more affordable than in high season.
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Located in Jefferson county, five miles to the northeast of Birmingham, this mid-sized airport handles around 300 flights a day and sees three million passengers a year take off or land.
With around 600,000 passengers flying in and out each year, this fairly small airport is located around 10 miles to the southwest of Huntsville. Popular routes to and from the airport include Atlanta, Dallas and Charlotte with American Airlines, Delta and United operating the majority of flight services.
With around 250,000 passengers a year, Mobile is another relatively small airport but offers regular services to Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Chicago amongst others. ExpressJet is the biggest carrier operating out of the airport, followed by PSA Airlines and Delta.
A choice of large and low-cost airlines offer regular services to a number of Alabama airports.
There are regular internal state flights from the main airports, including Mobile and Dothan, making flying the quickest way to travel.
Alabama has more than 150,000 lane miles of road network including 11 interstate highways, most of which is in good condition and very safe. All of the major US car rental companies have branches in Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery, with further branches in Daphne, Auburn and Oxford.
Greyhound runs regular bus services across the state connecting the major towns and cities, as does Megabus. There are also major train stations in Anniston, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, served by Amtrak’s Crescent service.
US Space and Rocket Center
Located in Huntsville and operated by the government of Alabama, this museum showcases the achievements of the US Space Program. You can see actual rockets as well as other important artefacts from various missions.
Gulf State Park
This large state park on the Gulf of Mexico is brimming with beaches, trails and a pier to explore. Go fishing, play golf and tennis, or simply hang out in the dunes and enjoy the view.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Alabama has been at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement and this institute looks at the movement and issues that led to some of the biggest social change in American history. A range of permanent and temporary exhibitions underlie the importance of the struggle.
Two time zones are used in the state of Alabama. Central Time is used in one part of the state, including Montgomery, and Eastern Time used in another.