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.
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.
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.
Located right outside of Birmingham, Bessemer enjoys a rich history and boasts a broad array of companies and businesses with diverse backgrounds. Known as “The Marvel City,” Bessemer lies in the iron ore and limestone district of Alabama, in the southern part of Jones Valley.
Home to U.S. Steel’s Fairfield Works, Fairfield was founded in 1910 and President Theodore Roosevelt spoke at the city’s dedication ceremony. Baseball player Willie Mays also attended school in Fairfield and graduated from Fairfield Industrial High School. This city currently has a population of more than 11,000.
When plans were made in the late 1950s to widen Highway 31 southward from Birmingham, William Hoover knew that things were about to change for the largely undeveloped area just south of Vestavia Hills. He bought as many acres of land as he could, opened an insurance company, and thus planted the seed that grew into the city of Hoover.
Home to the legendary NASCAR Alabama Gang, this city also has a part in the steel-making and coal-mining history of Jefferson County. Boasting a population of more than 16,000, this city is located about 20 minutes from downtown Birmingham. Hueytown also made international headlines in 1992 with the “Hueytown Hum,” an unexplained low-frequency hum heard in the city…
Located adjacent to Birmingham, Irondale has a population of more than 12,300. Fried Green Tomatoes, written by Irondale native Fannie Flagg, is loosely based on the town and the Irondale Cafe. This city is also home to the headquarters of the Catholic broadcaster Eternal Word Television Network.
One of Alabama’s fastest-growing business communities, this city is located in Jefferson county. Vestavia Hills is a suburb of Birmingham and has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal for the high quality of its school system. Home to the Dogwood Festival, this city is also home to more than 34,000 residents.
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