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When you visit Alabama, you are visiting the Heart of Dixie. But, despite its sometimes turbulent past, Alabama is very much a part of today's South — vibrant, interesting, diverse and multicultural. NASCAR fans swarm to Talladega in April. Revelers celebrate Mardi Gras in Mobile. Fans of George Washington Carver flock to the National Peanut Festival in Dothan every fall. And don't forget the Alabama Renaissance Fair in Florence each October. In fact, there are more than 1000 fairs and festivals in Alabama every year — certainly something for everyone. For outdoor fun, Alabama offers a virtual potpourri of options. Alabama's Gulf Shores offer miles of white, sandy beaches for kids, sunbathers and beachcombers to enjoy. The Gulf Coast is also known for fishing, scuba diving, dolphin and turtle sightings. Mount Cheaha is great for rock-climbing and rappelling, while the Sequoyah Caverns are the spot for spelunking and cave exploration. If you want to hike, mountain bike, backpack or just explore the outdoors, Alabama has the beauty you seek. For those seeking an other-wordly adventure, don't forget the US Space Camp in Huntsville where kids, or kids-at-heart, can experience the wonder of space and feel like an astronaut. Birmingham is home to sights as diverse as the Civil Rights' Institute, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Jazz Hall of Fame and the nearby Moundville Archaeological Park. And for those with a taste for history, don't miss the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Site, the Rosa Parks Museum, Helen Keller's Birthplace & Home, or follow the Trail of Tears National Historical Trail. Today's Alabama has art, culture, sports, history, natural beauty, fairs, festivals and activities for everyone — it's truly the Heart of the South.


Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from Alabama
  • Hank Aaron
  • Tellulah Bankhead
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Jesse Owens
  • Sequoyah
  • Willie Mays
  • Rosa Parks
  • Paul "Bear" Bryant
  • Helen Keller
  • George Washington Carver
  • Brett Butler
  • Truman Capote
  • Paula Poundstone
  • Nell Carter
  • Nat King Cole
  • Lionel Richie
  • Courtney Cox
  • Percy Sledge
  • Evander Holyfield
  • Angela Davis
  • Linda Howard
  • Jim Nabors
  • Ozzie Smith
  • George Wallace
  • Tammy Wynette
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Dean Jones
  • Harper Lee
  • Brett Starr
  • Joe Louis
  • Hank Williams
  • Toni Tennille
  • Jimmy Buffet
  • Satchel Paige
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Joe Namath
  • Carl Lewis
  • Fannie Flagg
  • Larry Nelson
  • Kate Jackson
  • Ralph Abernathy
  • Charles Barkley
  • Wilson Pickett
  • Bo Jackson
  • Wayne Rogers
  • Beverly Barton


Local Color

What makes Alabama unique
  • Dixie Alley
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Moon Pies
  • Black Belt
  • Order of Myths
  • Crawfish
  • Boiled Peanuts



Alabama's alter egos
  • Yellowhammer State
  • Heart of Dixie


Major Industries

Most profitable industries in Alabama
  • Aerospace
  • Auto Manufacturing
  • Mineral Extraction
  • Steel Production & Fabrication
  • Technology
  • Agriculture
  • Cotton


Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into Alabama
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Tennessee Valley
  • Appalachian Valley
  • Piedmont Plateau
  • Coastal Plain