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U.S. Space & Rocket Center
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#1 U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center features artifacts exhibits from around the world. General Admission to the museum includes access to the Saturn V Hall, Moon Crater, Military Park, Rocket Park, Shuttle Park, Rocket Shop, Mining Sluice, and Apollo.


Birmingham Civil Rights District
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#2 Birmingham Civil Rights District

Birmingham Civil Rights District is a historic area of downtown Birmingham known for civil rights movement. The district include several popular landmarks including 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, The Fourth Avenue Business District, Carver Theatre, and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.


Gulf State Park
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#3 Gulf State Park

Located in city of Gulf Shores, Gulf State Park is a public park and recreation area known for white sand beaches. The park includes 2.5 miles of beaches, swimming pool, and campsites. kayak and paddleboard rentals also available for use on Lake Shelby. The park offers variety of activities including hiking. biking, fishing, and swimming.



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Cheaha State Park
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#4 Cheaha State Park

Cheaha State Park located on top of Cheaha Mountain is known for spectacular views and adventurous recreational activities. Cheaha Mountain is the highest point in the Alabama state. The park includes restaurant, hotel, cabins, and camping options. Park activities include hiking, picnicking, swimming, fishing, and scenic overlooks.

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Mobile
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#5 Mobile

Located on the Mobile River, Mobile is known for the annaul Mardi Gras Carnival celebration. Mobile is home to a many historic museums including historic, History Museum of Mobile, Old City Hall, and Oakleigh Historic Complex. Popular places and family attractions to visit are Mobile Botanical Gardens, Exploreum Science Center, and Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

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Montgomery
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#6 Montgomery

Montgomery is the capital city of Alabama, known for major Civil Rights Movement. Located on east bank of the Alabama River, Montgomery has many popular historic and family attractions. Top places to visit include Civil Rights Memorial, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Dexter Parsonage Museum, Alabama State Capitol, and Montgomery Zoo.

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Orange Beach
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#7 Orange Beach

Located along the Gulf of Mexico, Orange Beach is popular for family beach vacation. Known for its sugar-white sand beaches, Orange Beach offers plenty of things to do along the Gulf area. Orange Beach Islands including Bird Island, Robinson Island, Gilchrist Island, and Walker Island are known for variety of recreational activities.

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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
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#8 Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is a 1,040 acre nature preserve with 14 miles of hiking trails that goes throughout the mountain. Exhibit Hall inside Nature Center features wide variety of native species including foxes, raccoons, raptors, snakes, turtles, owls, and coyotes.


Little River Canyon National Preserve
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#9 Little River Canyon National Preserve

Little River Canyon National Preserve located on top of Lookout Mountain is known for 104-foot DeSoto Falls waterfall. The preserve protect the landscapes of the Little River Canyon. Together with the adjacent Desoto State Park, Little River Canyon National Preserve provides scenic views and many recreational opportunities including swimming, fishing, climbing, and whitewater paddling.


Birmingham Museum of Art

#10 Birmingham Museum of Art

3.9 acres Birmingham Museum of Art has collection of more than 27,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and decorative arts. The collection presents diverse cultures, including Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art.