Big Spring Park, Huntsville, Alabamahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BigSpringPanoramic.jpg
is a state in the southeastern part of the United States of America. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida to the south and Mississippi to the west. A narrow part of Alabama also reaches the coast at the Gulf of Mexico.
Alabama covers an area of 52,419 square miles (135,765 sq km). Its biggest city is Birmingham, with a population of around 230,000, while its capital is Montgomery. The state has a population of 4.6 million people, and ranks 23rd in terms of population.
The history of Alabama goes back to 1540 when Spanish explorer Hernando de Soso arrived there. The first European settlement in Alabama was only established in 1702 by the French at Fort Louis de la Mobile. The British gained control of the area from the French in 1763, but had to cede it to the United States and Spain following the American Revolution.
Alabama State House, Montgomeryhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alabama_State_House_Apr2009.jpg
Ashe Cottage, Demopolis, Marengo County, Alabamahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ashe_Cottage.jpg
Travel in Alabama
There are five Interstate highways serving Alabama. I-10 crosses the state from east to west, I-20 enters Alabama from the east, passing through Birmingham, and then joins I-59 as it passes through Tuscaloosa and out of Alabama in the southwest. I-59 enters Alabama from the northeast, passes through Birmingham, and exits Alabama in the southwest. I-22 enters Alabama from the northwest and terminates in Birmingham. I-65 enters Alabama and passes through Birmingham to terminate at Mobile, while I-85 enters Alabama from the east and ends at Montgomery.
You can reach Birmingham by Amtrak train from Washington, D.C. and New York City. The trains stopover at Anniston, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.
The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) is the biggest airport serving Alabama. It is located five miles northeast of downtown Birmingham, near the interchange of I-20 with I-59.
Government Plaza, Mobile, Alabamahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Government_Plaza_Mobile-2.png
Travel within Alabama
The most practical way to explore Alabama is by car. That way, you can stop anywhere you like to admire the scenery. Most of the interstate highways converge in Birmingham, with the rest in Montgomery and Mobile.
Centenary Square, Birminghamhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BirminghamUK_skyline_Centenary_Square_700.jpg
Cities in Alabama
I arrange the cities by population. The population of the metropolitan area around these cities may be higher.
- Birmingham (230,000)
The biggest city in Alabama.
- Montgomery (202,000)
State capital of Alabama.
- Mobile (199,000)
City on the Gulf Coast of Alabama.
- Huntsville (180,000)
City in the northernmost part of Alabama.
- Auburn (136,000)
Largest city in eastern Alabama.
- Tuscaloosa (93,000)
City in the west central part of Alabama.
- Dothan (65,000)
City in southeastern Alabama.
- Decatur (56,000)
Largest city in Morgan County.
Places of Interest in Alabama
- Gulf Shores
- Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
- Natchez Trace Parkway
- Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
- Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
National Monuments of Alabama
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