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Birmingham & Tuscaloosa

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Alabama’s largest city 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. Just 50 miles from Birmingham, Tuscaloosa is home to the legendary University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team. The charming college town boasts a lovely historic district and educational attractions.

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What To See & Do

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The University of Alabama

Various historic attractions and museums are located throughout the campus, including the Alabama Museum of Natural History.

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Moundville Archaeological Park

Home to 26 large, prehistoric platform mounds, this park includes a reconstructed Native American village, nature trails and campgrounds.

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Vulcan Park & Museum

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

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Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa

Let your kids explore and discover the 22 exhibits in this hands-on museum.

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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

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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.

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Lake Lurleen State Park

Located on a 250-acre lake, this state park provides numerous options for outdoor recreation.

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American Village

Rediscover the American journey for independence at this site featuring a full replica of the Oval Office and more.

Where To Stay

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Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

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

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Moundville Campground

Located in Moundville Archaeological Park, this campground is open year-round.

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Hotel Capstone

Perfectly placed on the University of Alabama campus, it is the only full-service hotel in the Tuscaloosa area.

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Yellowhammer Inn

This inn and conference center has 57 rooms, a meeting space and other amenities.

Where To Eat

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Dreamland

Just south of the University of Alabama sits the original Dreamland Bar-B-Que. This restaurant now boasts eight locations.

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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.

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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.

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Cypress Inn

Family recipes and local ingredients have earned Cypress Inn a spot among the Top 10 Catfish Restaurants in America.

Area Map

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Area Towns

  • Bessemer

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    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.

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  • Center Point

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    Strategically located minutes away from Birmingham, Trussville and Pinson, Center Point is home to about 17,000 people. It is also located near Interstate 59 and Highway 75, making it convenient to get anywhere in the surrounding Birmingham area.

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  • Chelsea

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    Chelsea, in Shelby County, was incorporated on March 1, 1996. Its population has since blossomed to nearly 3,000 residents. Its motto is "It's all about family."

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  • Columbiana

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    Twenty-five miles east of Birmingham is Columbiana, a small town that's rich in Southern history and hospitality. A trip to Columbiana would not be complete without a tour of the Old Shelby County Courthouse, which was built in 1854, and the Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington, which houses a fine collection of heirlooms from America’s first family.

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  • Fairfield

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    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.

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  • Forestdale

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    Forestdale is an unincorporated locale and census-designated place in Birmingham. It's situated north of Ensley and it has a population of more than 10,000.

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  • Fultondale

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    A northern suburb of Birmingham, Fultondale is in Jefferson County and has a population of more than 8,000. The town's name is derived from the combination of the names of two nearby communities, Fulton Springs and Glendale.

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  • Gardendale

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    Located in Jefferson County, Gardendale is a northern suburb of Birmingham. It has a population of more than 13,000.

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  • Helena

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    Helena is in Jefferson and Shelby counties with a population of more than 16,000. Helena has grown into a town that offers the conveniences of a larger city yet still maintains its family-oriented atmosphere.

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  • Homewood

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    Located in southeastern Jefferson County, Homewood is a suburb of Birmingham and has a population of more than 25,000. It has one of the highest population densities in Alabama.

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  • Hoover

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    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.

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  • Hueytown

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    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...

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  • Irondale

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    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.

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  • Leeds

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    Leeds is an eastern suburb of Birmingham with a population of more than 11,000. It was incorporated on April 27, 1887.

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  • McCalla

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    McCalla, named for Richard Calvin McCalla, is an unincorporated community in Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties.

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  • Montevallo

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    The city of Montevallo is the kind of place many Americans would consider their dream hometown. With a population of about 5,000, Montevallo offers the best of small-town life quality within only a 45-minute drive of Birmingham, Alabama's largest metropolitan area. With the state's only public liberal-arts university, the University of Montevallo, located in the he...

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  • Moundville

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    Located in both Hale and Tuscaloosa counties, this small town near the Black Warrior River is home to Moundville Archaeological Park. The park features earthwork mounds and artifacts left behind by prehistoric Native Americans.

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  • Mt. Laurel

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    A quiet town nestled south of Birmingham, Mt. Laurel features homes built in the Craftsman style. The town was designed by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and is in keeping with New Urbanism ideals.

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  • Mountain Brook

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    Known as the wealthiest city in the state of Alabama, Mountain Brook is a suburb of Birmingham, with a population of more than 20,400. It is the hometown of actors Wayne Rogers, Kate Jackson and Courteney Cox.

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  • Northport

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    Located on the Black Warrior River across from downtown Tuscaloosa, Northport is currently the 24th largest city in Alabama. Northport has a population of more than 23,000.

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  • Pelham

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    Pelham is a suburb of Birmingham in Shelby County named for famed Confederate Civil War officer John Pelham. Its population has grown to more than 21,000 people.

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  • Pleasant Grove

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    A suburb of Birmingham, this city is located in western Jefferson County. Pleasant Grove's nickname, "The Good Neighbor City," suits it well. First established in 1889, but incorporated in 1937, this city now has a population of about 10,000.

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  • Tuscaloosa

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    Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama, is located on the Black Warrior River.

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

Birmingham serves as the state’s major hub of air travel. 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

(205) 595-0533

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Tuscaloosa is accessible via Interstate 59.

Greyhound offers daily bus service, including holidays, to and from Tuscaloosa. 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.

7022 Highway 82 E.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

(205) 758-6651

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

2105 Greensboro Ave.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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