Not only is Birmingham the biggest city in Alabama and recognized for its historical importance in the civil rights movement, but the “Magic City” is growing in popularity as a deep south destination. Growing numbers of people young and old, are putting Birmingham on their travel radar. With all the same comforts and conveniences of a big city, Birmingham possesses small-town southern charm.
For anyone planning a trip, here are a few tidbits to keep in mind as you arrange your travel plans.
Whether arriving by car, plane or rail, this Alabama metropolis is accessible by all methods of transportation. Birmingham International Airport is about 5 miles east of downtown or a convenient 10-minute drive into the city. Car-rental companies are housed at ground level on Concourse B, near baggage claim for easy access. If traveling by train, which is becoming increasingly more popular, Amtrak runs trains from major east coast cities including New York (trip time: 23 hours), Washington, D.C. (18 hours) and Atlanta (4 hours) to Birmingham’s station. Should a rental car not be part of the plan, access into the city is easy peasy with the E-Shuttle (205-702-4566) which offers town car service between the airport and area hotels and motels.
Where to Stay
Accommodation-wise, Birmingham with its cosmopolitan charm and a classic southern appeal is still rather economical relative to other US cities. Depending on location, amenities, and reputation, prices will vary slightly. The good news is that when visiting this vibrant city, there is reliable public transportation as a result of the BJCTA or the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority. So no matter the hotel location, getting around is convenient and easy.
Get Familiar with the Various Areas
Individual likes and preferences will be a determining factor in choosing a specific location to make hone during a Birmingham stay.
For example, depending on the places that strike your fancy, it might make sense to look for hotels nearby. Some of the popular sites include Talladega Superspeedway, Vulcan Park and Museum, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Solo travelers might fancy a stay in a local neighborhood.
The artistic hub of the city in the creative Digbeth and Southside around the canals allow for enjoying some al fresco dining in Brindley Place or an opportunity to soak up the heritage in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. There’s also shopping galore with an abundance of antique shops and boutiques as well as niche merchants for hard to find items and necessary assistance with iPhone repair services in Birmingham. A uBreakiFix is located at 5492 US-280, Birmingham, AL, 35242 and can be reached by phone at (205) 408-1333.
Activities for Everyone
Depending on the time of year one is planning to visit Birmingham, it will determine the options for things to do. One thing is for sure; there is something for everyone and all ages. The city has a well-rounded array of places to see and activities to enjoy. History buffs will relish in the landmarks and museums dedicated to The Civil Rights Movement, such as The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, The Space Race and Moon Landing, the Tuskegee Airmen, and more. Culture and art enthusiasts can enjoy perusing such popular places as the architecturally grand Alabama Theatre one of the nation’s last operating movie palaces, featuring first-run and revival films, concerts and other special events.
Lovers of the Great outdoors will embrace the mild year-round weather with an invigorating day of fresh air at Red Mountain Park with its 1500 acres along the Red Mountain range and 15 walking and hiking trails. When nightfall descends, the city has a myriad of restaurants and hotspots for an evening of good eats, live music and fun times.
For more information prior to or while visiting, two helpful resources include the Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel.