Birmingham The Essential
Interesting
Alabama's largest city, Birmingham is laid out in an orderly grid of numbered streets that crisscross the city's three interstate highways (I-20, I-65 and I-465 intersect here). Many of Birmingham's star attractions lie within walking distance of each other around downtown; don't miss the Five Points South area, a revitalized 1890s shopping, strolling and entertainment district near the University of Alabama campus. Pedestrians-only Cobb Lane, a charming block near Thirteenth Avenue South, features restaurants, art galleries and bars.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Birmingham
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Anchoring the Civil Rights District,
Sloss Furnace National Historic Landmark
Sloss Furnace National Historic Landmark
The key role that iron played in the
90 minutes
Vulcan
Vulcan
This 56ft-tall, cast-iron Guiseppe
15 minutes
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
A beautiful tree-lined valley and ore
90 minutes
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
Designed by African-American architect
15 minutes
Civil Rights District
Civil Rights District
Birmingham's Civil Rights District
60 minutes