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Old 11-11-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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Hey yall
I wanna take a roadtrip all through the South and since Ive never been to Bama I wanna know what are the best things to see? I wanna experience the real Alabama so definitely add in what are the best small towns to stop at too as well as tourist areas that are worth a visit

Thanks!!

Kristen
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:47 PM
 
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I've never lived in Alabama, but a couple of times as I was driving through, I stopped at the botanical gardens in Birmingham. It is a gorgeous place to visit!
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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Well, Kristen, what do you enjoy the most?
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Foley, AL
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If you're into space stuff, a stop in Huntsville at the Space and Rocket Museum is fun. Visit the Bryant museum in Tuscaloosa. The Civil Rights museum in B'ham. The zoo in Homewood (right next to B'ham). If military history is your thing, visit the battleship Alabama park in Mobile. It has the ship, a submarine, and numerous airplanes. Also, just a short jaunt over in Pensacola is the Naval Aviation museum, having planes from the very beginning to the present.

Ron
Foley
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:40 AM
 
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Barber Motorcycle Museum is a world-class destination outside of Birmingham.

Sloss Furnaces is cool, essentially an iron and steel museum.

Vulcan, the world's largest cast iron statue, sits atop Red Mountain. Make sure you bring a chicken or goat to sacrifice to the God of the Forge.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:49 AM
 
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Visit Fairhope and see Mobile Bay. Then, drive down and visit the Gulf of Mexico at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. You will see beautiful scenery and get a chance to eat some great seafood. Also, Fairhope has quaint shops to visit. Selma is also a great place to visit with old homes and it is also a place that is important for its part in the Civil Rights Movement. Northeast Alabama has beautiful scenery too.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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*pssst* when you enter the forum, look at the sticky first thread. Lo and behold - places to visit! See how we are so smart that we anticipated your request months ago?
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:19 PM
 
Location: The South
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Hank Williams Sr. museum in Montgomery.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Barber Motorcycle Museum is a world-class destination outside of Birmingham.

Sloss Furnaces is cool, essentially an iron and steel museum.

Vulcan, the world's largest cast iron statue, sits atop Red Mountain. Make sure you bring a chicken or goat to sacrifice to the God of the Forge.
Great...now you have my curiosity up (not that that's a difficult thing to do). I'm going to have to check this one out.


ETA...hey! I've seen that and wondered what it was....I see another road trip in my future!
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:29 PM
 
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I always get a hoot out of Vulcan, as it is obvious when I look at it that the head was cast for a much larger statue, but after the fair the project got shrunk. It looks like a kid with a hammer to me instead of a classic proportioned bronze or sculpture.

I like the Vestal Virgins better as a centerpiece.
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