The US state of Alabama located in the south-eastern region of the United States is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is known to have one of the longest navigable inland waterways in the country, at 1,300 miles or 2,100 kilometres. Alabama’s capital is Montgomery, while the largest city by total land area is Huntsville, and Birmingham by population. The oldest city in the state is Mobile. The climate in Alabama is described as humid subtropical.
What to see & do
Alabama is blessed with breath-taking natural wonders and historic sites, mostly concentrated on administered areas, parks, and forests. National Park Service is the organisation responsible for the supervision of the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Russell Cave National Monument, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, and the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site. Explore Alabama’s flora and fauna through its National Forests: Conecuh, Talladega, Tuskegee, and William B. Bankhead. The state has a high level of biodiversity, as there are a wide range of habitats in the Tennessee Valley, Appalachian Plateau, and Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians in the north; the Piedmont, Canebrake, and Black Belt in the central region; and the Gulf Coastal Plain and beaches along the Gulf of Mexico in the south. Hiking is a popular activity in Alabama, and is a great way to discover spectacular views and landscapes. Alabama has the Natchez Trace Parkway, Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The Natural Bridge rock south of Haleyville is another notable feature in Alabama, considered to be the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies.
How to get around Alabama
Travel by car is the best method to navigate around Alabama, the most scenic as well. The state has interstates that converge on Montgomery, Birmingham, and Mobile, also connecting to Anniston, Tuscaloosa, and Huntsville. Alabama has five major interstate roads that cross the state, as well as many other US highways that also pass through Alabama.
How to get there
Visitors travelling to Alabama by air passenger plane generally arrive in Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport, formerly Birmingham Municipal Airport. It is served by the airlines American Eagle, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Southwest Airlines, United Express, US Airways, and US Airways Express. Flights to Alabama depart from Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa, Denver, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Washington. Other major airports in Alabama are Huntsville International Airport, Dothan Regional Airport, Mobile Regional Airport, Montgomery Regional Airport, and Muscle Shoals—Northwest Alabama Regional Airport. Alabama can also be reached via Amtrak’s Crescent, which provides daily passenger rail service from New York to New Orleans with stops at Anniston, Birmingham, and Tuscaloosa. Greyhound Lines, on the other hand, provides bus transportation to cities and towns in Alabama.