Alabama Road Trips
Get ready to hit the road. Learn everything you need to know to travel the state like a local and experience all the hidden gems along the way.
See how creative our state can be. Whether it’s fashion greats, music legends, literary geniuses, food producers, innovative artists, or manufacturers, Alabama is home to lots of talented folks who are making what they love. Which maker will inspire you and your next adventure?
While living in Montgomery from the fall of 1931 through the spring of 1932, Fitzgerald worked on his novel "Tender is the Night" and Zelda began her only novel, "Save Me the Waltz". The house where they lived on Felder Avenue in the Old Cloverdale section of Montgomery is now home to the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum.
Fannie Flagg is an actress, comedian, producer, and author of bestsellers, including "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café", which was also the basis for a top-grossing movie. Just 10 minutes outside Birmingham is the small town of Irondale and the famous Irondale Café — the real-life inspiration for the Whistle Stop Café.
Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville inspired her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird", and her recently published best-selling novel, "Go Set a Watchman". Several times each spring, residents of Monroeville produce a two-act theatrical rendition of "To Kill a Mockingbird", performed in the same historic courtroom that inspired the sets of the Academy Award-winning movie that starred Gregory Peck.
Kathryn Tucker Windham was a noted storyteller, author, artist and photographer who was born in Selma and grew up in nearby Thomasville. She is best known for her series of books of “true” ghost stories, based on local folklore, beginning with "13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey".
Rick Bragg started his writing career as a journalist, winning the Pulitzer Prize for his work at The New York Times. He has authored several books, including: "All Over But the Shoutin’", "Ava’s Man", The Prince of Frogtown", "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story", "The Most They Ever Had" and "Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story" and also writes a monthly column in Southern Living magazine.
Harper Lee and Truman Capote were childhood friends in Monroeville. Many of Truman’s short stories, novels, plays and other works are considered literary classics, including "Breakfast at Tiffany’s", "The Grass Harp" and "A Christmas Memory".
Winston Groom is author of several books, including "Forrest Gump", adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Tom Hanks. Bayou La Batre, home to the fictional Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, celebrates its fishing heritage with annual events such as the Blessing of the Fleet and Taste of the Bayou.