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Road Trips

It’s time to take a road trip! These carefully crafted trips were designed by the people who know Alabama best – and with the whole family in mind, which means we’ve got something for just about everyone. So, which one are you gonna take?

Tuscaloosa to Auburn: Football Championship Tour

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers are cross-state rivals in football, but together they have won the last three Bowl Championship Series titles.

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Guntersville: Where Eagles Fly

It's the name of a famous song, but Guntersville is truly a place "where eagles fly."

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Mobile: A Romantic Getaway

If you're considering a romantic getaway, put Mobile at the top of your list.

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Selma to Montgomery: Crossing a Bridge into History

The Edmund Pettus Bridge, spanning the Alabama River in Selma, has become one of the most iconic symbols of the modern struggle for civil and voting rights in America. It is also a focal point for the 54-mile route now memorialized as the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail.

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Gulf Shores and Orange Beach: Spring Break at the Beach

Soak up the sun on Alabama's beautiful sugar-white sand beaches.

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Birmingham: Taking it to the Streets, Downtown

Get ready to travel to Birmingham, Alabama's largest city, for a stroll through historic downtown. On this walking tour, you will go to the place where hot peanuts have been sold for more than 100 years and stroll through shops filled with memories.

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Huntsville: To the Moon and Back By Dinner

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville is the largest and most comprehensive space flight museum in the world.

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Montgomery: A Place Where History Runs Deep

History is woven into the very soul of Montgomery. It spirals down grand staircases, like the one inside the 1847 State Capitol building.

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Gulf Coast Birding: Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island, Theodore

Alabama's Gulf Coast is a stopover point for birds as they return from Central to North America in the spring, so it's the perfect place to see herons, seagulls, pelicans and more.

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Monroeville: The "To Kill a Mockingbird" Experience

You've read the book or maybe you've seen the movie with Gregory Peck. Now experience <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em> and lots more firsthand on a visit to Monroeville.

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Selma: Explore Small Town's Major Role in Civil War History

The 1820s town of Selma, situated on the banks of the Alabama River in west-central Alabama, is a place where the past reaches out to you like the branches of the town's moss-draped trees.

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Childersburg and Sylacauga: Family Fun

Take your family to explore a cave that's 12 stories deep. Eleven miles away, amaze them as your car rolls uphill, seemly defying the law of gravity.

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Eufaula: Picture-Perfect and Pilgrimage-Ready

Experience the state's oldest and largest tour of homes on the Eufaula Pilgrimage, which takes place each spring.

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Tuscaloosa to Eutaw: Antiques and Antebellum Mansions

With gracious antebellum mansions, wonderful art galleries, scenic waterways, landmark universities, a haunted bridge and a treasure trove of antique shops, West Alabama offers the perfect road trip for lovers of antiquity, art and culture.

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Abbeville: Yatta Abba Yella Fella Tour

Explore the small town made famous by Jimmy Rane, the Yella Fella.

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Eastern Shore: Girlfriends Bay Getaway

Experience a girlfriends getaway on Alabama’s Eastern Shore where the charming small town of Fairhope offers boutiques, bistros, art and the highest rated Marriott spa in the world just down the road. As you cruise along Scenic Highway 98 to Fairhope, you’ll drive under canopies of oak trees draped with Spanish moss.

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Foley and Elberta: Art, Antiques and Model Trains

Eight miles north of the white sand beaches of Alabama’s Gulf Coast sit two small towns rich in culture and heritage, Foley and Elberta.

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Go for a Drive on the RTJ Golf Trail

In Alabama, you can go for a drive on the RTJ Golf Trail, but these driving skills don’t require a steering wheel.

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Birmingham’s Five Points South: Walk to James Beard-recognized Restaurants

Birmingham is home to great neighborhoods that are filled with a spirit that comes alive when you walk down the streets and step inside the boutiques and quaint restaurants.

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Decatur: Fun in the River City

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River in North Alabama, Decatur is called “The River City” and is known for its great outdoor recreation.

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Discover Dothan: The Heart of Alabama’s Wiregrass

Dothan is an ideal place for a fun and affordable family vacation. Symbols of a bygone era await your visit at a 135-acre park on the outskirts of town.

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Florence: Alabama’s Renaissance City

Florence, the county seat of Lauderdale County, was surveyed in 1818 by Ferdinand Sannoner, an Italian native who named the city after Florence, Italy.

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Gee’s Bend Pastimes to Patchwork Tour

Perhaps you’ve read about the women from Gee’s Bend in rural Wilcox County, who have been piecing together some of the world’s most beautiful patchwork quilts and passing their skills down for generations.

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Rocking and Rolling on the Mountains: A Driving Tour Through Steele, Ashville and Springville

Take in Alabama's natural beauty driving through the mountains. Observe local artists' and listen to unique music at various bluegrass festivals.

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Alabama’s Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway

Beautiful beaches, authentic downtowns, wildlife preserves, historic sites and the freshest of seafood are all yours to enjoy on Alabama’s Coastal Connection, a nationally designated scenic byway.

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A Bicentennial Road Trip: Fort Mims to Horseshoe Bend

Follow the progression of the Creek Indian War through historic sites and battle reenactments.

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Fort Payne: The View From Lookout Mountain

The largest city along the Alabama portion of the Lookout Mountain Parkway is Fort Payne.

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Alabama’s Gulf Coast: Where Kids Drive the Fun Home

Some of the best family memories are made on a beach vacation. Ditching your regular routine and setting out for Alabama’s 32 miles of sandy seashore welcomes a bit of magic into your lives.

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Famous Alabamians Hometown Heroes Road Trip

Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Hank Williams Sr. and George Washington Carver – these names rank among the most notable people in America.

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Marion and Greensboro: Interesting People, Places and Food

Alabama’s Black Belt region, so named because of its rich black soil, cuts a swath across the state that encompasses 22 counties, including Hale and Perry.

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Commemorating Birmingham ’63 in the Alabama Civil Rights District

Visiting Alabama’s Civil Rights District, where some of America’s most painful events took place, is a powerful and emotional experience you should not miss.

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Rosa Parks, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Jesse Owens: A Centennial Road Trip

What do Rosa Parks, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Jesse Owens have in common? Besides the fact that each of them has a museum named in their honor, all three of these famous Alabamians were born in 1913, and each played a role in integration.

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Tuscaloosa and Northport: A Feast of Art and Food

Tuscaloosa, the fifth largest city in Alabama, is home to the University of Alabama and the National Championship Crimson Tide football team. Northport’s charming downtown is a mecca for diners and shoppers, particularly during the annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts each October.

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Irondale, Hanceville & Cullman: A Pilgrimage for the Soul

Pilgrims of all faiths journey from far corners of the globe to nourish spirits and deepen understanding at the three Alabama locations. Each stop is an easy drive from major interstates, but you’ll feel transported to spiritual realms in your heart.

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Moundville/Aliceville: Shark Teeth, POWs & the Lost Realm of the Black Warrior

This road trip takes you on a journey through history. Visit Moundville Archaeological Park, then return to Tuscaloosa to eat, shop and see the sights. Journey to hunt prehistoric shark teeth left 70 million years ago before visiting a museum in nearby Aliceville dedicated to one of the largest World War II German prison camps in America.

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Henagar: The Sound of (Sacred Harp) Music

On this road trip, you will hear the sound so associated with the South of the Civil War period and see the town where Sacred Harp songs were recorded for the movie Cold Mountain.

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Cullman: Alabama’s German Village

From its Native American and Civil War past to proud heritage as the site of an authentic 1870s German village, Cullman offers travelers plenty to see and do.

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Wonder Falls & More: Gadsden, Attalla and Beyond

Take two days to explore the stunning scenic splendor of northeastern Alabama with visits to waterfalls in Gadsden and Fort Payne and the federally protected magnificence of Little River Canyon.

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Outdoor Beach Adventure: Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

This road trip takes you to Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast region for fishing, parasailing, hot air balloon rides, scuba diving and exciting dolphin cruises. Down along the Alabama coast, where 32 miles of sugar white sand beaches offer fun 365 days of the year, you’ll discover adventure at every turn – on land, by sea and in the air.

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Pork, Blues and Inner Tubes: A Tour of Alabama Barbecue

In Alabama, barbecue is a culture all in itself. The state serves some of the nation’s best, with iconic and award-winning restaurants just about everywhere you look.

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Mentone: A Mountaintop Treasure

Nestled among the woodlands atop the western brow of Lookout Mountain, the historic and scenic village of Mentone hosts antiques stores, arts and crafts shops, galleries and restaurants. The Lookout Mountain Parkway is known for its beautiful waterfalls and great white-water kayaking.

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Lineville & Ashland: From Alabama’s Highest Point to Its Hills of Gold

On this road trip, you will start on a mountaintop at Cheaha State Park and travel down to the valley. Along the way you can ride horses, pan for gold and drive beautiful back roads to reach the small towns of Lineville and Ashland.

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Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee Road Trip

Visitors to Tuskegee, located in Macon County in east-central Alabama, will discover a myriad of reasons why Lionel Richie is proud to call the small town where he grew up “home.”

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Alabama’s Gulf Coast: Fresh Catch and Fairways

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a destination that combines rest and relaxation with some of the best golfing and fishing around.

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Historic House Museums of Mobile

From the grand Bragg-Mitchell Mansion to the simple Portier House, the historic house museums of Mobile are sure to provide a memorable experience for those who love history, architecture and a good story.

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Athens’ Southern Splendor

From history and food to Southern hospitality, Athens has it all. Athens is a small city in North Alabama with a charming downtown square full of history.

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Blount County: The Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama

Three of Alabama’s 11 covered bridges can be found in Blount County, nestled into the curves of both roads and rivers, making this county the Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama.

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Scottsboro: Claim the Treasures

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on 69,000-acre Lake Guntersville, Scottsboro is a treasure-trove of adventure. Here you can tour a quaint museum that chronicles the early history of the Civil Rights Movement in America, see the courthouse where the Scottsboro Boys Trials took place in the 1930s, and enjoy premier outdoor recreation, such as bird-watching, boating, camping, fishing and golfing.

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Alabama's Historic State Capitals Tour

Alabama has had five state capitals, including St. Stephens, Huntsville, Cahawba, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery. Take a tour throughout the state discovering the history behind these important cities.

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Your Island Getaway: Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. A natural environment surrounded by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this small barrier island is set apart by white sand beaches, walking trails, bountiful wildlife and lots of history.

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Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys

Take a 110-mile journey through scenic northeastern Alabama to visit train depots and courthouses in Stevenson, Scottsboro, Decatur and Athens, where the saga of the Scottsboro Boys case played out over seven years.

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Pike County: Art, Pioneers, Peanut Butter and More

There’s a lot to love about Pike County, which is just east of Alabama’s capital city and includes the cities of Troy and Brundidge. Discover an emerging arts scene, the pioneering spirit of the past, a top-ranked university, antiques, an annual peanut butter party and more.

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Racing, Riding and Building America’s Wheels

From the first crank of an engine, America fell in love with the automobile. Throughout Alabama, testimonials to our devotion abound in museums, on racetracks and in manufacturing facilities.

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Muscle Shoals Is Rock ’n’ Roll Heaven

Thanks to the critically acclaimed Muscle Shoals documentary, music lovers are finding their way to the small town in northwestern Alabama where some of the world’s greatest hits were recorded.

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Create Your Own Classroom on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Discover a whole different state of learning along Alabama’s 32 miles of white sand and blue waterways. These waterfront classrooms offer core subjects to enrich any student’s curriculum.

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Crave the Coast: A Gulf-Side Trip for Food Lovers

Next time you visit the pristine beaches of Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast, up the culinary ante with the delicious destinations and dishes the area has to offer.

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Old Mill Towns of Alabama: Valley, Lanett and Beyond

Get ready to travel to the sites of several old mill towns, visit a Civil War fort that straddles the Alabama/Georgia line, explore birding sites and lakes and visit a town that honors sports hero Joe Louis, World Boxing Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949.

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Coasting Through History: Forts, Fishermen, Legends and Adventure Along Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Today, you can tour the forts that defended Mobile and walk beaches trod by swashbucklers and explorers. You can also learn the amazing stories of seafarers, farmers and fishermen who also make up the coast’s history.

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Wetumpka: Land of Rumbling Waters

Nestled in the heart of Elmore County and wrapped in the flowing waters of the Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers, Wetumpka holds many treasures often overlooked by visitors and passersby.

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Elkmont: Goat Cheese Heaven

Elkmont is best known as the home of an internationally acclaimed goat cheese maker. It is also a place to explore Civil War history, pick, grin and dance the night away at an old railroad depot, or listen to country music by Nashville entertainers inside a little red caboose.

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Opelika: Small City, BIG Impression

Folks who live in Opelika will tell you that their hometown is a special place, offering all the graces of Southern hospitality, history and culture with a mix of modern innovation, revitalization and progress.

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Exploring Alabama’s Rural Studio

Smack in the middle of Alabama’s Black Belt stand multiple buildings, none of which look like they go together. But they do. All part of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, these homes, event centers, play structures and community buildings – some built using tires, wooden pallets or hay bales – comprise a philanthropic and educational effort by the university’s architecture department.

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Alabama Beer Trail - Flight 1

Alabama’s burgeoning craft beer scene practically begs you to make a pilgrimage to some of the 29 breweries and brew pubs in the state.

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It’s Showtime at Alabama’s Historic Theaters

The lights dim, the music swells, images and voices appear, and you are magically whisked away to another time, another place, another life. Alabama has nearly 20 theaters that were built before World War II, with 11 of them dating to 1930 or earlier.

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Auburn-Opelika: A Center of Arts and Culture

On this road trip, you’re invited to step back in time to an old railroad town, visit art and history museums, and refuel with a glass of lemonade at an old-fashioned drugstore and soda fountain.

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See & Sip at Alabama’s Wineries

Keeping step with Alabama's burgeoning craft beer industry and award-winning restaurants, vineyards around the state are producing homegrown vintages with distinctive flavors. The state currently boasts 14 vineyards and wineries, most of which rely on Alabama's only native grape, the muscadine.

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Take Off on Alabama’s Aviation Road Trip

Point your compass to sites around Alabama where generations of creative minds dreamed of soaring high above the earth.

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Over the Railroad and Through the Woods: A Historic Christmas in East Alabama

Christmastime in Alabama is truly an enjoyable experience, with many cities hosting parades, plays, garden tours and other special events throughout the holiday season. This is certainly true for the Auburn-Opelika area in East Alabama.

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Metal & Might: Discover Alabama’s Iron & Steel Heritage

Pondering Alabama’s rich history often leads to thoughts of the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement or our literary legacy. But there’s another topic that deserves prime placement on that list: the founding and growth of the state’s iron and steel industries.

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Meet Alabama’s Artisanal Cheesemakers

Get your camera ready for this Instagram-worthy tour through Alabama farmland to meet a few of the state’s top artisanal cheese producers. Throughout Alabama’s rich agricultural history, farmers have utilized the mild climate and fertile soil to create distinctive dairy products.

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Take 20: Things to see and do in Alabama along Interstate 20

Interstate 20 dates back to the 1960s and is a major east–west transportation system that runs for more than 1,500 miles from Kent, Texas all the way to Columbia, South Carolina. In between, it travels through several states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama before crossing into Georgia. Such a lengthy and historic route beckons you to get off and explore all the attractions along the way. And what better place to do that than in Alabama?

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Historic Churches Along Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail

On this road trip, you are invited to hit the Alabama Civil Rights Trail, visiting several historic cities and towns to get an inside look at one of the most significant symbols of the Civil Rights Movement — the black church.

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Columbiana: More Than You Can Imagine

Unless you’re from around the Birmingham area, chances are you haven’t heard of Columbiana, but this charming town of fewer than 5,000 offers more than you can imagine and is well worth a day trip or a weekend stay.

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Seeing Gadsden from the Inside

The Coosa River flows down from beautiful Lookout Mountain, offering fishing, camping and birdwatching along the shoreline of Neely Henry Lake. Stunning waterfalls capture your imagination at Noccalula Falls Park. A relaxing 36-hole Robert Trent Jones Golf Course beckons you to grab your clubs and enjoy a round or two of golf. With so many opportunities for recreation surrounding it, one would think that Gadsden is all about the outdoors.

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Road Tripping with the Kids in Alabama’s Capital City

When it comes to spring break and summer vacation, kids are always up for an adventure. And what better place to give them some adventure than in Alabama’s capital city. From the Alabama Cattlemen’s MOOseum and the Museum of Alabama to the Rosa Parks Museum and the Planetarium, Montgomery offers an abundance of things to see and do with children.

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Andalusia: Where Art, History and Culture Abound

Whether big or small, almost every town has its claim to fame, and Andalusia, Alabama is no exception. Located in south-central Alabama in Covington County, this town of 9,000-plus is home to the World Championship Domino Tournament, lots of rich local history, engaging museums, and more.

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Road Trip: Mountain Bike East Alabama

Whether you’re a beginner or old pro, you’re invited to pack up your gear and hit the open road toward East Alabama – we’ll show you all the best trails!

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A Centennial Road Trip along the Bankhead Highway

Mention the name Bankhead and many would undoubtedly think of Tallulah Bankhead of Hollywood and Broadway fame. But before the screen and stage star was born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1902, her grandfather John Hollis Bankhead of Jasper was making a name for himself.

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Exploring Alabama’s Historic Ballparks

Although Alabama doesn’t often tout its connection to America’s favorite pastime, the state harbors a rich baseball history that rivals that of Boston, New York or Chicago. Its legacy includes several minor league teams, beloved players who are household names and ballparks where history was made. Follow this road trip to five of the state’s historic ballparks and discover the sport’s Alabama roots.

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Experiencing Montgomery beyond Downtown

With dozens of museums, a beautiful riverboat and baseball stadium, historic homes and churches, and great lodging, entertainment and dining venues, it’s no surprise that downtown Montgomery is a mecca for tourists. But why not explore all Montgomery has to offer?

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