12 Surprising Sites in Alabama

From crystal clear, white-sand beaches (Orange Beach) to forward-thinking art galleries (Birmingham), this ultra-Southern state is dripping with charm. Known as the Heart of Dixie, The Cotton State and the Yellowhammer State, call Alabama whatever moniker you want, just be prepared to swoon when you enter. With an unforgettable history that often leads visitors to think this state is stuck in the past, you’ll be surprised when you find the art, culture, natural beauty and kindness here. All photos courtesy of the Alabama Tourism Department.
By: Jennifer Frazier
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