Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham, was founded in 1871 as a steel manufacturing center that found itself at the crossroads of two railways. Since then the city has taken its diverse history and transformed itself into a thriving, contemporary metropolis. The massive sheds and tall chimney stacks of the Sloss Furnaces epitomize the iron and steel manufacturing history of the city, whilst Birmingham's pivotal role in the US's civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s is exemplified in the Civil Rights Institute and at the 16th Street Baptist Church.
Other notable attractions include the Museum of Art, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Carver Theatre for the Performing Arts. Jazz aficionados will feel very much at home here; the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is a wonderful tribute to Jazz greats, and has a resident expert who played with the Tommy Dorsey band. Outside the city, a drive to Vulcan Park provides wonderful views of the city and the panorama of the Red Mountains.
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Places near Birmingham
- Montgomery 137 kilometers away
- Tupelo 194 kilometers away
- Atlanta 226 kilometers away
- Nashville 295 kilometers away
- Memphis 350 kilometers away
- Clarksdale 357 kilometers away
- Panama City Beach 384 kilometers away
- Cherokee 387 kilometers away
- Vicksburg 403 kilometers away
- Tallahassee 418 kilometers away
- Asheville 453 kilometers away