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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.