Sunday, July 27, 2008


I've never been to the metropolitian center of this state. So I'm relying on good information from the tourist board and the locals. For this part of the state I am going to focus on the city of Birmingham.


It is estimated that the population is around 1,108,210. The city was founded in 1871 as a steel-making center and because of that the founders named the city after Birmingham, England, a principle industrial city.

Since that time Birmingham has evolved into an exciting cultural and historical destination. Yes, Europe, we consider 137 years a long time. ;)

You can spend a week or longer and not run out of things to do. Sports fans will enjoy the Sports Hall of Fame, art lovers will appreciate the Birmingham Museum of Art, history buffs will want to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Southern Museum of Flight. Music lovers be sure and go to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame,Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and for those of you who appreciate Ballet, Birmingham Ballet

There's a lot for the kiddos too! They will thrilled by the Alabama Adventure Theme Park and Birmingham Zoo.

There are golf courses, incredible shopping, and a broad spectrum of dining offerings from down home to world-class. And being a gardener, one of my fav attractions would be the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Where to stay?

If you want to save your money for all the fun and only plan to use your room as a place to drop off your luggage and a place to sleep, I highly recommend the Hampton Inn. Don't get me wrong, it is also a very nice, comfortable place to relax and unwind.

If I were you, I'd choose the sights I wanted to see and find a good central hotel.

What to wear?

Birmingham has a humid climate. Expect hot summers, mild winters, and abundant rainfall. January's average daily high temperatures of 53.0 °F (11.7 °C) and lows of 31.8 °F (−0.1 °C). In July the average daily high is 90.6 °F (32.6 °C) and the low is 69.7 °F (20.9°C). The average annual temperature in Birmingham is 62 °F (17 °C). Snowfall averages only 1.9 inches (4.8CM) March is normally the wettest month and October the driest. The spring and fall months are pleasant but variable as cold fronts frequently bring strong to severe thunderstorms and occasional tornadoes. The fall season features less rainfall and fewer storms, as well as lower humidity than the spring, but it is also a secondary severe weather season.

I hope this helps. All I know is that after researching this wonderful city, I WANT TO VISIT IT!

UP NEXT: The River Heritage area.

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