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Places to Visit in the State of Alabama

Updated on April 24, 2017

Alabama Trips

Talladega Super Speedway showcases Nascar races on a normal basis. Fans attend the event and even camp out not far from the actual track.
Talladega Super Speedway showcases Nascar races on a normal basis. Fans attend the event and even camp out not far from the actual track. | Source
The Dismals In Phil Campbell, Alabama is a great place to picnic and take pictures. It has caves and waterfalls.
The Dismals In Phil Campbell, Alabama is a great place to picnic and take pictures. It has caves and waterfalls. | Source
Mini Jerusalem in Cullman, Alabama shows many religious displays. It is an out door display spread over several acres.
Mini Jerusalem in Cullman, Alabama shows many religious displays. It is an out door display spread over several acres. | Source
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute shows in vivid details the struggles that took place during the civil rights movement.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute shows in vivid details the struggles that took place during the civil rights movement. | Source
Gulf Shores, Alabama has sandy white beaches and lots of clubs around for a fun night life as well.
Gulf Shores, Alabama has sandy white beaches and lots of clubs around for a fun night life as well. | Source
Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama has hundreds of stores for shopping and dining. It is just a few miles away from the beach.
Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama has hundreds of stores for shopping and dining. It is just a few miles away from the beach. | Source

Our Journey Continues Through Alabama

1. Talladega Super Speedway, Talladega, AL: Come on over and watch the races. This place is so much more than just racing. There's camping on the grounds at Talladega. This is a fun filled day for the whole family. You can listen to music, grill out and have some great and fun times at the track. The top professional race drivers in America grace this track annually. Race car driving is a huge business so Talladega, AL is buzzing with activity during the races.

2. The Dismals, Phil Campbell, AL: This is a beautiful place to visit. The slogan on Alabama's sign when you reach a state line is Alabama The Beautiful. This is true of Phil Campbell, AL. The Dismals are made up of 85 acres and has been named as a Natural National Landmark in May of 1974. It is believed that Jesse James had once hid out in these canyons. I always feel like this is a secret of Alabama. I don't know how many of the residents of The State of Alabama even know about this hidden gem. Nature trails, rocks, streams and a nice day being outside is what you can look forward to at The Dismals. There are cabins that can be rented and you can stay on site.

3. Mini Jerusalem, Cullman, AL A truly amazing place. The grounds are well kept and manicured for your viewing pleasure. You are allowed to walk through the gardens and see miniature replicas on different "scenes" from the Bible for example, The Tower of Babel and Noah's Ark. All kinds of materials were used by the monk to create these works of art. Marbles, rocks, glass and shells are just some of the things that he he used to re-create scenes from The Bible.

4. The Shrine of The Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, AL: This is the headquarters of The Catholic Church in Alabama. It features a replica of The Shroud of Turin and a bleeding Jesus statue. There's a gift shop on site as well, before you leave the grounds, you should pick up a souvenir or a gift for someone.

5. Smith Lake (Cullman County and Walker County): The lake is so large and covers so much area that there are places that you can just pull your car over and jump in and swim. I have snorkled in this lake many times. I have found some interesting things, a lot of fishing lures. It is a great place to fish, lay in the sun, swim and it's great for the kids. Different areas around the lake are state parks with areas to camp. Every part of Smith Lake that I have been to or stopped at, has been very nice.

6. McWayne Science Center/I-Max Theater, Birmingham, AL: A museum dedicated to science with hands-on exhibits for all ages. Also, features an I-Max Theater Dome with surround sound where movies can be seen on a very large screen and in 3D. A traveling exhibit, such as Dinosaurs, occasionally does a museum tour.

7. Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL: When I think of this area I think of the wonderful seafood, put-put golf, the sand, water, deep sea fishing, good times with friends and family. This is where memories are made. These Alabama beaches also features top musicians every year performing concerts.

8. Tanger Outlet Stores, Foley, AL: There are at least 150 stores featured in one area. There are some great bargains to be found here. Clothing, jewelry and restaurants are located at this massive mall. Great designer clothing stores like The Gap, American Eagle and Ambercrombie are located here with massive price reductions.

9. The Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, Birmingham, AL: Illustrates the struggle for human rights and Birmingham was in the heart of that struggle. This museum has lots of articles for reading regarding the struggle of African Americans.

10. The UNA Lions (Leo III and UNA), Florence, AL: Male lion Leo III and female lion UNA. They are kept on the campus of The University of North Alabama in a sanctuary that was built by donations given by people in the community and The University .

Please let me know what your favorite activity in Alabama is by leaving a comment in the box located at the bottom of this page.

McWayne Science Center

The McWayne Science Center is a very educational place to visit. It offers live and traveling exhibits.
The McWayne Science Center is a very educational place to visit. It offers live and traveling exhibits. | Source

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Oak Mountain State Park

This is the largest state park in Alabama. It has swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching and an animal refuge. The park also has an outside full length basketball court and lots of trails that lead to different things to do throughout the park. For grilling out their are grills and of course lots of acreage is available for picnics.

Location of Gulf Shores

Mini Jerusalem

Birmingham Zoo Train Ride

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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