Alabama is probably not the first place that springs to mind if you are considering a trip to the United States. “The Yellowhammer State” nowhere near has the lure of California, New York, or Nevada, but it is a state steeped in history and has so many things to see and do. Head to Alabama between April and September, and you are almost guaranteed to enjoy the activities you are about to read about in glorious sunshine!
Take in a Game of College Football
American Football fans should head to Tuscaloosa and find the massive Bryant-Denny Stadium, the home of the Alabama Crimson Tide. The stadium has a 101,821 seating capacity, making it the fourth-largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference, the seventh-largest in the entire United States, and the tenth-largest stadium on the planet.
The Crimson Tide is the number one reason people enjoy online sports betting in Alabama. Crimson Tide played their first season in 1892, making them one of the oldest college football teams in the United States. They are hugely successful, having won 33 Conference titles and 18 National titles. Their head coach, Nick Saban, has been in charge for 16 seasons and has an incredible record of 178 victories and only 25 defeats. You can see why Saban is so popular with Alamabians.
If you can only make it to one Crimson Tide game, try your hardest to be in the stadium when they take on Auburn. The teams have an intense rivalry, and the stadium is usually packed to the rafters in the game dubbed the Iron Bowl!
Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum
George Barber is an American businessman, real estate developer, and philanthropist who used to own Dean Foods, America’s largest dairy. Barber has a passion for motorsport, which is why he opened the Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama, in 2003. Since the early 1970s, he has collected motorcycles and now has a collection of more than 1,400, giving him his own page in the world-famous Guinness Book of Records.
The Barber Motorsports Park is a fully functioning race track that has been the home to the IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama since 2010. Motorsports’ governing body, the FIA, considers the track to be Grade 2.
On the sprawling grounds of the park is where you find the vintage motorsport museum. The museum has more than 1,600 vintage and modern racing cars and motorcycles on display. There are more than 900 motorcycles, making this the largest motorcycle museum in the world. Barber also loves Lotus race cars and has the world’s most extensive collection of this British racing icon.
Relax at the Gulf State Park
Head to the Gulf State Park if you want to enjoy more than 2.5 miles of white sand beaches and some beautiful scenery. The Gulf State Park is part of the Gulf of Mexico in southern Baldwin County and is a must-visit location.
Hurricane Ivan devastated the area in 2004, but the State of Alabama spent $85 million in 2014 renovating the park. The money went on a $56 million lodge and meeting space, a 1,540-foot Gulf of Mexico fishing pier, an interactive nature center, and a 5,000-square-foot swimming pool. The Gulf State Park is a brilliant place to enjoy the sun, sea, and sandy beach with all the family.
Battleship Memorial Park
Being on the Gulf of Mexico means Alabama has a long history with the U.S. Navy. Take a trip to Mobile Bay and feast your eyes on the Battleship Memorial Park. Here, you can find a vast museum of notable aircraft and ships. These include the famous USS Alabama, which served in World War II, and the USS Drum, which is the oldest Gato-class submarine in existence.