Day Trip to Birmingham, AL
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
Located two hours to the west of Atlanta, Birmingham offers a good sample of the state. The city is well on its way to becoming a thriving capital of culture, cuisine, and industry. To better understand it, don't miss the many sights related to the civil rights movement.
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Birmingham has a great art museum that boasts a truly impressive permanent collection, including pieces from the Italian Renaissance, Native American tribes, African art, Asian art, and it also houses the one of the largest and most impressive...
1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
One of the city’s oldest and most thriving landmarks, the Alabama Theatre is a step back in time. It opened in 1927 and the interior is still filled with the Golden Age splendor of nearly 100 years ago. Along the sidewalk leading into the entrance...
520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
2013 marked the 50th anniversary of some of Birmingham’s darkest moments: the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that took the lives of four little girls, fire hoses set loose by its police chief on civil rights activists, and the...
1600 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
One of the cornerstones of Birmingham’s revitalization, Railroad Park used to be two run-down city blocks adjacent to major railroad lines. It is now a gorgeous greenspace that boasts a walking trail, a small lake, a skate park, two playgrounds,...
1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
Any local you talk to will tell you that Alabama is a diehard college football state, but with the additon of Regions Park, the brand new home of minor league baseball team the Birmingham Barons, residents are finding a new team to root for...
114 14th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
Founded by a couple of guys who love beer so much that they wanted to make it, the name says it all. Good beer for the good, honest, hard-working people of Alabama. What began as small start-up in 2008 has grown to one of the coolest places to...
Ave U & 7th St, Birmingham, AL 35214, USA
One of Birmingham’s first food trucks, Mac and Chad of Shindigs will do lunch right for you. Track them down via Twitter, Facebook, or their website and then take your time deciding which of their “vittles” to chow down on. All of their...
1236, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222, USA
The water tower that looms over downtown Birmingham, emblazoned with the word “SLOSS” and visible from all over the city, is synonymous with Birmingham and the rise and fall of the iron industry. During the turn of the 20th century, Birmingham...
2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
Located in and around the nostalgic Dr. Pepper and Martin Biscuit buildings on Birmingham's Southside, Pepper Place is home to an outstanding collection of locally-owned shops. Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery is Birmingham's favorite nursery,...
2721 Cahaba Rd, Mountain Brook, AL 35223, USA
Sip on a delicious mixed drink, local brew, or choose from their incredibly vast whisky, scotch, and moonshine selection at Dram Whiskey Bar. Better yet, try the bacon-infused bourbon cocktail and take a seat outside on their spacious back patio—...
1008 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209, USA
You won’t be too hard-pressed to find great barbecue in Birmingham, but Saw’s should be at the top of your list. With a location in Homewood and also in the revitalized Avondale neighborhood, get your ‘cue fix with a helping of pulled pork with...
329 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35243, USA
Birmingham's favorite new way to beat the heat (although they flock here in the dead of winter too) is Steel City Pops. Owner Jim Watkins partnered up with Dreamcakes Bakery owner Jan Moon to create unique popsicle flavors out of only the freshest...
233 Finley Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204, USA
If you are looking for an authentic Southern food experience, Niki's West should be the first place you go. The cafeteria-style eatery shuffles its patrons through the line pretty quickly, so make sure you know what you want! Granted, with a huge...
2323 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
What's On 2nd is an eclectic mix of anything and everything antique and/or vintage ranging in items from cameras to dolls to medicine bottles. There are household items from the 1940s and '50s to video games and gaming systems from the 1980s and...
2320 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Urban Standard opened in 2007 and has become a catalyst for the downtown revitalization that has blossomed around it. It’s the perfect place for anyone to congregate: creatives, business folks, locals who live in the surrounding lofts, students...
281 Lyon Ln, Birmingham, AL 35211, USA
A newer attraction in Birmingham, Red Mountain Park sits on and around the city’s most famous mountain and honors the coal and limestone fields that comprised iron-making and put the “Magic City” on the map. There are plenty of activities for...
- 1Restaurants + CafésThe Best Farm-to-Table Restaurants for a Fall Harvest Feast
- 2Gear8 New Books You Need to Read Before Flying to France
- 3MusicBeyond the French Quarter: Discovering New Orleans’s Downriver Delights
- 4Where to Go in FallAn Expert Guide to Working Remotely and Traveling the World
- 5Travel Rewards + Air MilesThe Travel Credit Card We’re Absolutely Obsessed With