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Vacation in Birmingham - Alabama

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Area Overview

Something we hear time and again from first time visitors to Birmingham is that they never realized the beauty of the area. With the foothills of the Appalachians as a dramatic backdrop, the city is laid out on a series of lush rolling hills, with woodland-covered neighborhoods just minutes from downtown.

That this Southern city has its own cosmopolitan personality is another eye-opener to visitors. It’s hip without being pretentious. It’s tuned-in without being pushy. It’s very cool without the exertion.

Includes Cities/Towns: Bessemer, Birmingham, Calera, Childersburg, Fairfield, Fultondale, Gardendale, Jasper, Leeds, Moody, Pelham, Sylacauga, Trussville.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

The weather in Birmingham is generously comfortable, which is one smart reason golfers come here from around the world. The other reason is the lure of handsome and challenging public golf courses. With the development of the state’s Robert Trent Joes Golf Trail, Alabama became the Godfather of Great Golf.
It also is essential that visitors explore the historic Birmingham Civil Rights District. The civil rights drama of the 1960s in Birmingham played out on the world stage. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is the focal point of the district, with interactive exhibits tracing the rise and success of the Civil Rights Movement in the South and beyond. Across the street is Birmingham's most famous civil rights landmark, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, site of the infamous 1963 bombing that killed four little girls.

Local Flavor:

If there’s one particular activity that’s favored over any other for visitors to Birmingham, it likely is dining. Excellent chef-owned restaurants are plentiful around the area, from high-end dining in the posh suburb of Mountain Brook to one of the South’s longest steam tables at Niki’s West. Few cities can claim a better cluster of top-notch dining rooms than in downtown Birmingham, where they are all practically within walking distance of each other.

Cultural Activities

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, based in Birmingham, runs a full schedule of performances year 'round with a permanent conductor and guest conductors from around the country. The Alabama Ballet, also in Birmingham, presents a year 'round schedule of new, dramatic and popular performances. More than a half dozen live theater companies play to packed houses throughout the year, and art shows highlight the talents of local and regional artists. The Birmingham Museum of Art is one of the region's greatest cultural blessings, along with museums and educational facilities such as the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. More than 22,000 works represent cultures around the world and include highlights such as the Asian Art Collection, the Contemporary Art Collection and the Beeson Collection of Wedgwood.


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The Metro Area Express bus system is the primary mode of transportation in the region. For the physically active, the city also has more than 400 ZypBikes for renting and biking around the downtown area.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  32.4  43.1  53.9  5.2 "
 February  35.4  47.1  58.8  5.2 "
 March  41.9  54.5  67.1  5.5 "
 April  48.7  61.7  74.7  4.6 "
 May  58.3  70.1  81.9  4.8 "
 June  65.7  76.8  87.9  4.4 "
 July  69.7  80.2  90.7  4.9 "
 August  68.7  79.7  90.7  3.7 "
 September  62.3  73.6  84.9  3.8 "
 October  50.9  63.0  75.1  3.5 "
 November  41.5  53.3  65.1  4.9 "
 December  34.6  45.4  56.1  4.9 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

Birmingham has four distinct seasons. The winter months are generally mild with few bitter cold days and very little snow. Spring is extended and brings a wealth of blossoming beauty in the form of dogwoods, azaleas and wisteria. Summer is very warm with daytime temperatures in the 80s and 90s but rarely above. Fall has moderate temperatures and gorgeous autumn color.


Accommodations range from high-end boutique inns to large convention hotels. Virtually every major hotel brand is represented in the Birmingham area, along with bed and breakfast accommodations.


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