State Overview

Beauty, history, culture and adventure.

Sweet Home Alabama is more than a song. It is a place where the skies really are so blue. A land of history, culture and scenery, Alabama's antebellum mansions, Civil War and Civil Rights conflicts exist alongside oak trees draped in Spanish moss, sun-drenched beaches and the music of America.

 With 32 miles (52 km) of coastal beaches, the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world, amazing tree top adventures and world-class golf, Alabama surrounds you with outdoor experiences.

Alabama’s top museums include the world's largest space museum, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center; the world's largest collection of motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum; and the site that was once the largest civilization in North America, Moundville Archaeological Park. These join our impressive list of historic Civil Rights and Civil War sites and museums.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Helen Keller, Harper Lee and Hank Williams lived and made history in Alabama.

The state's music heritage includes Muscle Shoals, the legendary site of recording studios with a sound that is purely southern soul.  And in every city and town we sing gospel in our churches and dance to blues, country and jazz in our bars.

We dish up meals of mouth-watering barbecue across the state and fresh seafood from our own fishing villages. Taste and you will be saying, "I Love Alabama Food!"

Located in the center of the deep south, Alabama is a short connecting flight or easy drive from international airports in Atlanta, New Orleans or Memphis.  Passenger train service from New Orleans to New York makes three stops in Alabama.

Alabama is authentic southern USA where each meal is a celebration, each town has a story, and each day brings new discoveries you’ll always remember.