The Official Travel Site of Alabama



Founded in 1871 as a steel-making center, Birmingham exploded almost overnight, quickly growing into Alabama's largest city and earning the nickname "The Magic City." Today, it is a medical and financial center, as well as a bustling hub of culture and heritage that's famous for its beautiful golf courses, year-round calendar of entertainment, fabulous shopping and world-class dining.

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What To See & Do


Barber Motorsports Park

See one of the most beautiful racetracks in North America and the country's largest collection of vintage and modern motorcycles.


McWane Science Center

Experience four floors of hands-on exhibits, larger-than-life IMAX films and other extraordinary programs.


Vulcan Park & Museum

Home to the world’s largest cast-iron statue, the site also features interactive exhibits and spectacular panoramic views of Birmingham.


Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

Now a museum of history and industry, Sloss Furnaces has become a center for creation and exhibition of metal art.


Birmingham Zoo

Learn about the 750 animals that call the zoo home, including sea lions, kangaroos, elephants and endangered species from six continents.


Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

A state-of-the-art facility housing exhibitions of historical events from post-World War I racial segregation to present-day racial progress.


Oak Mountain State Park

The nearly 10,000-acre Oak Mountain State Park features more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.


Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Hoover's Ross Bridge, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's crown jewel, is nestled in the peaceful valley of Shades Mountain.

Where To Stay


Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

This luxury hotel is surrounded by natural beauty and lush golf courses, just outside the city.



Aloft is a modern boutique hotel located in Homewood's upscale Soho Square development.


The Tutwiler Hotel

Adjacent to a city park and bustling financial district, The Tutwiler is the perfect place to enjoy the vibrant city center.


Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

Enjoy updated meeting spaces and guest rooms at this hotel adjacent to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

Where To Eat


Hot and Hot Fish Club

Owned by James Beard Award-winner Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club is known for its dedication to local, seasonal ingredients.


Irondale Cafe

Fans of the book Fried Green Tomatoes know that this place was the inspiration for Fannie Flagg's story of love, loss and life in the South.


Highlands Bar and Grill

Since 1982, Frank Stitt's Highlands Bar and Grill has been the premier spot to entertain guests and celebrate special occasions.


Jim ‘N Nick’s

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q has served Birmingham for more than 25 years, and is known for its pulled pork, cheese biscuits and slaw.

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Getting there by plane
Getting there by car
Getting there by bus or train

Birmingham serves as the major hub of travel for the state. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport offers 130 daily flights to 51 airports in 48 cities throughout the United States.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham , AL 35212


Birmingham is accessible via several major interstate highways, including Interstate 65, the state's main north-south route; Interstate 20; and Interstate 59.

Greyhound offers daily bus service, including holidays, to and from Birmingham. The station is near downtown's Linn Park and you will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station. Hours of operation are subject to change. Call to verify information before making travel plans.

618 19th St. N.
Birmingham , AL 35203


Amtrak offers daily train service to and from its station located in downtown Birmingham. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station.

1819 Morris Ave.
Birmingham, AL 35203