The Confederacy and the modern Civil Rights Movement began in Montgomery and Southern Alabama. See why USA Today voted Montgomery “America’s Most Historic City.” It’s famous as the birthplace of singers Hank Williams and Nat King Cole, and it’s where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous speech on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol Building. Stroll through Jasmine Hills Gardens and admire acres of botanical beauty, Greek statues and a full-sized replica of a Greek temple.
Blount Cultural Park is home to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Don’t miss the Alley Entertainment District. Patterned after New Orleans, it’s a fun mix of eateries and shops.
Tour the George Washington Carver Museum and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum in Tuskegee. The Pike Pioneer Museum in Troy features 19th century buildings, exhibits and demonstrations. St. Stephens is the state’s most famous ghost town. View ruins from the former Alabama Territory capital and an archaeological site.
Try your luck at the Wind Creek Casino in Atmore, or see the Tigers play football at Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn University. Chewacla State Park in Auburn offers hiking trails and views of the majestic Chewacla Waterfall.
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Located minutes from downtown, the Montgomery Zoo features 40 acres of exhibits, rides, and attractions. See over 500 animals in habitats representing five continents. Jump on the train for a scenic overview or get a thrilling perspective from the Zoofari Skylift. Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve and Nature Center on the Auburn University campus features hiking trails, a butterfly garden, reptile area, and waterfall. Enjoy environmental education programs and the Nature Playground.
The Hank Williams Museum in downtown Montgomery honors the country singer and the music he made famous. See rare photos and videos, costumes, guitars, hats, and exhibits including a 1952 Cadillac. Tour Williams’ boyhood home in nearby Georgiana. Jefferson Davis presided over the Confederate States of America at Montgomery’s Alabama State Capitol Building. It’s also the site where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his memorable speech on the steps after the Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights March.
Lake Martin at Wind Creek State Park offers fishing, swimming and boating on a 41,000-acre reservoir. Perry Lakes Park in Marion is a 700-acre park with three oxbow swamp lakes. Hike to the beach on the Cahaba River or go canoeing and fishing. Nicknamed the “Big Bass Capital of the World,” Lake Eufaula offers easy access to public boat ramps and marinas. View waterfowl, alligators, deer, and coyotes at nearby Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge.