From the attractions in Gulf Shores Alabama to Alabama sightseeing throughout
the state, there are plenty of attractions in this proud southern state. The
Florida panhandle coastline,
a popular destination for vacation
packages, abuts the beaches
of Alabama, and the Alabama portion benefits even more because of the coastal
islands (such as Dauphin
Island) that protect the river delta ecosystem around Mobile.
Here are parks and that are the refuge for hundreds of species of native and
migratory birds and even protects a federally endangered animal—the Alabama
beach mouse. Both coastal storms and commercial development threaten the little
mouse, which is an important part of the coastal dune ecosystem.
Here on the Gulf Coast are beautiful beaches (such as Orange
Beach) and other attractions in Gulf Shores Alabama. One of these is the
venerable World War II battleship, the USS
Alabama, that rests in Mobile's Battleship Memorial Park. The state has
played an important role in the United States's space program, and another of
the Alabama attractions is the Space
and Rocket Center, located in Hunstville and which contains the country's
largest collection of space hardware, from the Apollo lunar landing module (LEM)
to the early Gemini and Mercury training capsules.
Attractions in Alabama
With its balmy weather and
Gulf of Mexico coastline, it is not just the attractions in Gulf
Shores Alabama that draw visitors who come not only for vacations
but also to retire. Alabama actively pursues the retirement demographic, and
there is much in the state to attract retirees, with golf high on the list of
things to do and attractions
in Alabama that appeal to retirees. In fact, one of the major Alabama attractions
is the Robert
Trent Jones Golf Trail that was financed by the Retirement Systems of Alabama.
This is one of the world's most ambitious golf course projects, consisting of
eleven courses with nearly 400 holes across the state designed by the legendary
golf course architect before his death in 2000. Some of the courses incorporate
luxury resorts and spas in their
design, so it is possible to book complete Alabama vacation packages that concentrate
In addition to golfing, other outdoor attractions in Alabama that draw visitors are fishing, both deep sea and river, and the state's lovely wilderness areas that are excellent for camping and hiking. Alabama attractions also include spectator sports, including the famous NASCAR Talladega Speedway and historic Rickwood Field, America's oldest professional baseball park, built in 1910.
If you're interested in history, you'll want your Alabama sightseeing to include Old Alabama Town. Like Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, Old Alabama Town consists of authentic, restored structures from the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Located along a stretch of six blocks in downtown Montgomery, the historic Old Town showcases Alabama's way of life from elegant urban townhouses to rural pioneer living.
Continue your historic Alabama sightseeing by visiting some of the gracious antebellum mansions that can be found throughout the state, especially in the Black Belt (named for the rich black soil that is excellent for cotton cultivation) region that figures so prominently in Alabama's history. These former city mansions and plantation homes remain as popular attractions in Alabama and some have been transformed into luxury hotels and bed and breakfast inns.
One of the regional attractions in Gulf Shores Alabama and in Mobile that might
surprise you is Mardi Gras.
This is the same kind of coastal delta area that you find around New
Orleans, and the celebration of Mardi Gras as an event that actually began
in Mobile, not New Orleans. So, if you think the best time to go to Alabama
is the period before Easter, you'll find yourself enjoying a full Mardi Gras
experience complete with colorful parades, exotic costumes, streets full of
merry makers, and even the blessing of the shrimp fleet.