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Small Towns & Downtowns

Alabama's “Year of Small Towns and Downtowns” statewide celebration in 2010 features historic markers around the state as well as food, craft and musical events. Communities from Mooresville, population 54, to Birmingham, population 300,000 are fielding “homecomings” for residents and tourists alike.

Visit www.alabamahomecoming.com to download a brochure or click a virtual map connecting you to each destination’s Facebook page.

Dish It Out Alabama

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Savory cuisine featured at restaurants in 96 cities across Alabama is listed in the latest version of the state tourism department's popular brochure entitled: "100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die." Visit www.800Alabama.com.

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Photologue of Birmingham

We traveled to Birmingham, AL, for Travel South 2010 and journeyed out and about in Alabama's largest metropolitan area. Here is a snapshot look at some of the attractions from a previous Photos of the Week album. Come along to explore Birmingham's major sites and look for a story later this year.
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Street Art on a Grand Scale: The Murals of Dothan

Nestled in southeastern Alabama is Dothan, land of peanuts and cotton. This city is home to the National Peanut Festival and a collection of original murals painted on downtown buildings. Check out our original photos showcasing these lovely murals. From the Spanish explorer DeSoto to the women of the South, from the Tuskegee Airmen to a native American Indian chief and a local movie cowboy hero, the murals are street art on a grand scale!
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Mobile Bay (Part 2): Eco-Fun, Golf and Lodging

In this second part of our Mobile Bay destination coverage, we examine the region's eco-fun, including the new Five Rivers Delta Center, airboat rides and gator ganders, the Estuarium and Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island. We outline what's to see at Fort Gaines, area golf resources, accommodations upgrades and air options. Join Editor Susan J. Young for a Mobile Bay tour.
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Mobile Bay (Part 1): Carnival, History and Touring

The Spanish explored Mobile Bay in the 1500s. Later, the area served as the vibrant capital of French Louisiana. Even the British occupied the city for a time. Today, modern explorers travel to Mobile, Alabama and its environs -- collectively called Mobile Bay -- for history, culture, eco-fun, golf and Carnival! In our first-ever, two-part series on an individual destination, Editor Susan J. Young showcases travel to Mobile Bay.
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Muscle Shoals & More, Retracing AL's Musical Roots

From jazz to rock, pop to country, soul to the Muscle Shoals sound, Alabama has always been a hotbed of musical activity.

Artists including Aretha Franklin, Alabama, Bob Seger, Cher, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, W.C. Handy and Lionel Hampton have recorded in Muscle Shoals and other Alabama towns. Even "American Idol" winners Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks are from Birmingham.

So when the stars come out -- musically that is -- there's a good chance they were born or raised in Alabama or recorded their music there. Take time to explore these musical memories.
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Birmingham: From Vulcan to Books, Harleys to Art

Birmingham is famed for its Civil Rights sights, and rightly so. It's also home to a jazz museum and great soul food. But there's much more.

Lynn Grisard Fullman, our freelance writer in Birmingham, details quirky and fun attractions travelers might enjoy. From Vulcan, the world's largest cast-iron statue, to the art of Joe Minter to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Fullman outlines some surprising picks.

So come along...
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Alabama Adventure

The South often swelters in the summer. One place to take the entire family to cool off is the Splash Beach Water Park at Alabama Adventure. While there, kids and adults can also head for the attraction's amusement park. Among the new attractions added last year is Vertigo, which flips riders over as it both spins and rises. Let's head out with freelance writer and Birmingham resident Lynn Grisard Fullman to explore family-friendly Alabama Adventure.
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