On Alabama's southern-most tip lies 32 miles of pristine white beaches, including the resorts of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Here you can laze away the days stretched out on the sand, fish from the pier, kayak through endless waterways or go wildlife-spotting on Dauphin Island. There's also plenty of restaurants, bars and night-life for when you want to liven things up.
Listen to the Music
There's a museum dedicated to Alabama-born 'Father of the Blues' W.C Handy in Florence, while you can tour the boyhood home of country superstar Hank Williams in Georgiana, or visit his museum in Montgomery. Head to Muscle Shoals and you can see the iconic studios where hits by Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding and countless others were recorded.
Play A Round
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, designed by the man himself, stretches for over 100 miles across the state and offers 468 holes of golf across 26 courses with varying degrees of difficulty. It's pure paradise for anyone who likes to swing a club because the greens are great quality, with multiple tees and short courses, and the view is always sublime.
Follow the Struggle
Along the Civil Rights Trail you can tour the museum at the site where Rosa parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on the bus; visit the church where Martin Luther King preached his message of equality through non violence; see the sites where civil rights protestors were forced into violent confrontations; and lose yourself in the Birmingham Civil Rights Center, which charts the history of the long struggle.
At the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, space junkies can see all kinds of spacecraft including the Saturn V rocket, as well as learn about NASA's latest innovations and experience being shot into space and weightlessness via simulators. It's a blast.