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alabama mapWith a long and varied history, Alabama became the focal point of Spanish explorers in the 16th century and was settled by the French who established the first outpost at Mobile in 1702.

Later under British rule, Alabama territory officially became part of the new United States following the Revolutionary War. As the drums of war again sounded in the mid-1800's, Alabama gave rise to the southern Confederacy when, for a short period beginning in 1861, Montgomery was chosen as the Confederate capital.

Following the Civil War, Alabama's economy continued to depend largely on agriculture. (Alabama is where Booker T. Washington performed his famous agricultural research at Tuskegee Institute.)

In the 20th century, Alabama was in the spotlight as the scene of the historic civil-rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. including a bus boycott in Montgomery begun in 1955, and the “Freedom March” from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

Today, major Alabama tourist attractions include the sun and sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast area, and a network of scenic & beautiful state parks.

Other top attractions include the King Center, the Rosa Parks Museum & Library, Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore and the USS Alabama in Mobile.

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Kid-friendly Alabama

For family friendly fun at every turn, the Gulf Shore is the place to be for wildlife adventures at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, or at Waterville USA offering amusement and water park rides.

In Mobile, head for the bay to explore the USS Alabama, a real World War II battleship, along with a visit to the eye-popping Bellingrath Gardens one of Alabama's most photogenic antebellum homes.

For family-friendly Huntsville, take a trip back in time on a tour of more antebellum homes, then fast-forward to the future with a must-see stop at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for hands-on interactive exhibits and an unforgettable ride aboard a space travel simulator.

also see -> Greater Gulf State Fair | Alabama Outlet Malls

More about Alabama travel around the Web:


Alabama's Official Travel Guide - Check out what's going on statewide with news & updates, event schedule, places to go, and things to see from the mountains to major metropolitan areas including information on state parks, driving maps, pictures, hotel and restaurant info.

Beautiful North Alabama - What's doing in the northern corridor with a complete schedule of festivals throughout the year, visitor attractions, hotels, online booking of special deals and travel packages, related links, maps & pictures.

Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau - Breaking news on recent re-openings plus the complete guide to Gulf Coast area attractions, trip planner, picture gallery, area maps, hotels, restaurants and suggested nightlife.

Huntsville / Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau - One-stop browsing for all there is to see in the area with online hotel booking, group tour planner, dining guide, golf destinations, event schedule, picture gallery, maps.

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