Travel Guide: Birmingham, Alabama

Found in central Alabama, and the south-eastern part of the United States, Birmingham is the largest city in the state. Evidence of its industrial history can be found all over the city, such as at Railroad Park and Vulcan Park and Museum. You can learn more about Birmingham's role during the Civil Rights movement by visiting the sites in the Civil Rights District. There's also plenty for sports, music and culture fans in the city. In this video, continues our travel series with a look at Dallas, Texas.

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Travel Guide: Birmingham, Alabama

This southern U.S. town is known as “The Magic City.” Welcome to, and today we’ll be continuing our travel series with a look at Birmingham, Alabama.

Location and Population

Found in central Alabama, and the south-eastern part of the United States, Birmingham is the largest city in the state. Its population of over two hundred thousand is spread out over an area of just over 150 square miles.

Industrial History

Thanks to the early blossoming of its iron, steel and railroading industries, Birmingham rapidly became the cultural and commercial hub of Alabama during the late nineteenth century.

Historical Attractions

Much of the city’s industrial and artistic legacy is now honored and showcased at Railroad Park. That is one site where people gather for numerous events, family-friendly activities and leisurely outdoor occupations. You can also learn more about Birmingham’s industrial history by visiting what was once an early twentieth century iron mill at Sloss Furnaces.

Center of Civil Rights Movement

When it comes to learning more about the historical struggles of African-Americans in the city, be sure to visit the Civil Rights District. There, you can educate yourself at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, pray at the 16th Street Baptist Church or pay your respects to notable movement members at Kelly Ingram Park.

Climate and Weather

In terms of climate, Birmingham has relatively hot summers. Thanks to its southern location, winters are fairly mild, though rainfall is common. The chance of tornadoes and hurricanes does little to prevent people from enjoying the warm weather, as many of the city’s attractions and events are outdoors.

Outdoor Activities

For example, you can spend some time outside at the Vulcan Park Museum admiring the fifty-six foot tall Vulcan statue or head to Railroad Park to enjoy the skyline! Don’t forget to grab your fresh produce from the Pepper Place Saturday Market – you’ll even find some goodies from the Jones Family Urban Farm for sale there.

Sports-Related Attractions

Sports fans can visit America’s oldest baseball park, Rickwood Field, or the Barber Motorsports Park, which holds the world’s largest collection of motorcycles. Birmingham is also home to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Music and Culture

If music is more your thing, there’s plenty of it in Birmingham. While you can experience live shows at the various events and festivals throughout the year, you can also attend performances at venues such as Workplay.


With its history, culture, food, sports and music, you can’t ask for much more while visiting Birmingham!


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