Alabama is known as the “Heart of Dixie” and is unofficially nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, which is also the name of the state bird.
The State of Alabama is located in the southern region of the United States of America. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.
Alabama is usually warm and sunny for most of the year. Summer days are normally in the 80s or 90s. Winters tend to be mild as well. Snow, though rare, can occur in the higher altitudes of northern Alabama.
There's a reason so many great writers are from the South. Alabama’s unique culture breeds creativity. It also produces some fantastic cultural landmarks, such as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the sixth-largest Shakespeare festival in the world, which Variety called "an oasis of optimism and growth." If you're looking for more musical fare, catch some of America's hottest acts at huge concert venues in Birmingham, Montgomery or Orange Beach, to name a few.
Another good way to relax is a trip to one of Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast destinations. Kick back on the white sands. Charter a boat. Visit a bustling water park. There's no shortage of things to do. In short, it's paradise. And not just for families but golfers, sun-worshippers, fishermen and vacationers in general. And you'll find plenty of outdoor activities in the rest of the state. Alabama offers literally every type of outdoor adventure imaginable, from hiking, camping, cycling, canoeing and kayaking to horseback riding, fishing, scaling boulders and rappelling down canyons.
Something magical happens when you visit the Alabama Gulf Coast. Maybe it's the sound of waves gently lapping at the shore or the smell of coconut oil. Perhaps it's the white sand and sparkling emerald water of the Alabama beaches. Suddenly building sandcastles moves to the top of your "to-do" list.
Recreational opportunities abound throughout Alabama, from the sugar–white sands of the Gulf Coast beaches to the majestic mountains of North Alabama. You'll find some of the best biking trails in the South and ample sites for camping, hiking, rock climbing and watching wildlife.
The Alabama Bass Trail is a must for any avid angler. In addition, Alabama is one of the premier states in the nation for hunting white-tailed deer and Eastern wild turkey.
Choose from dozens of splendid public and private gardens located in small towns and cities that will be open for tours during the special celebrations.
Alabama's rivers are a great place for you to enjoy canoeing or rafting and Alabama’s pristine lakes are the ideal place for boating. You'll find more than one million acres of lakes, 1,600 miles of rivers and 53 miles of coastline ready for your enjoyment. If diving and snorkeling are your hobbies, then Alabama has some great locations to practice your art. The Gulf Coast along our southern border offers a variety of places to take a dip in the ocean.
Maybe you want the shopping, nightlife and activities of a metropolitan city. Or perhaps you’d prefer the slower pace of a quaint, small town. No matter what it is, you can find it Alabama.
Alabama is filled to the brim with beautiful State Parks. And with over 20 of them sprinkled from the Tennessee border to the Gulf of Mexico, you’re sure to find a great place to experience our great outdoors. You can enjoy your stay in any of the Alabama State Parks in many ways – from sleeping outdoors at one of the primitive camping sites to enjoying all of the creature comforts at one of the seven official resorts. Alabama’s parks feature everything from camping, boating, fishing, golf, hiking trails and biking trails to cabin rentals, meeting rooms and conference facilities.
From the finest four-star resort hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts to rustic cabins in the mountains, Alabama’s got whatever accommodations you’re looking for to make you vacation complete.
Some wording from Wikipedia
Some wording courtesy of Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel
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