How We Spent 48 Hours in Alabama
After our incredible few days on the road discovering beautiful Charleston, Cypress Gardens, Hilton Head and Bluffton, and of course Savannah Georgia, the final stop on our trip to the Southern States was Alabama, and in 48 hours we visited Montgomery, Birmingham, and finally Huntsville ahead of our flight home.
Upon driving into Montgomery, we were taken aback by the sheer size of the buildings in the Alabama capital; including the Capitol state building (above) which we couldn’t resist having a walk around. Here you’ll find a grand White House-esque building, with a replica of the Liberty Bell and flags to honour each state outside in the grounds. (Below)
That evening, we dined at a restaurant called Central, which served delicious food created with locally sourced ingredients – I’d highly recommend this place!
Also during the same afternoon in Montgomery, we took a stroll down to the riverfront, where we saw the Hariott II Riverboat – next time we visit we’d love to experience a sunset sail, with dinner – however as it was still Winter when we visited in February, unfortunately cruises were not running! The vistas from the Riverfront were certainly worth the stroll though, especially at Golden Hour! (Imagery below)
The next day, we visited the Rosa Parks museum, which is an interactive session within the Troy University, on the very same site where Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus for a white man. Her movements and arrest were the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott which lasted over one year, and helped to lead toward the end of segregation of black and white people in America.
We also visited the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Home and Museum, where the socialite couple lived for a short time – you can find memorabilia and information about the couple who actually met in Montgomery – Scott of course being the author of The Great Gatsby!
Pink trousers by Zimmerman
Blouse by Reiss
Sandals by Valentino
Basket bag by Prada
On the road again…
And our next stop was Birmingham Alabama. Birmingham felt like a bigger city than Montgomery, and I’ll admit that our first pit stop was the Shake Shack within The Summit shopping centre! Fuelled up on Shack burgers and cheese fries, we spent a couple of hours browsing the stores at The Summit, which included local boutiques such as Molly Green and Alter’d State, as well as global favourites like Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware. There was also a SAKS Fifth Avenue, Bath and Body Works, Victoria’s Secret and many more favourites!
All shopped out, next was a drive through downtown Birmingham; we loved the intersection by the Lyric theatre; where there was also a larger than life ‘ALABAMA’ sign in neon lights, and we also meandered down Morris Avenue; a cobbled historical street which is a popular place for photos in the Downtown area.
I was so grateful to one of my followers who lives in Birmingham Alabama who provided us with loads of tips, many of which we visited; and her restaurant recommendations included Real and Rosemary, North Italia, Fleminds, Vecchia and Roots and Revelry, the latter of which we visited for dinner (delicious food and very smart surroundings) after spending a few hours at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (although sadly not much was in bloom in February!) and taking in the views from the Vulcan Park statue. She also recommended the market at Pepper Place if you happen to visit on the right days!
Above – The Linn Henley Research Library had some beautiful blossom outside and was another spectacular building! I wore a beautiful pink floral dress from Karen Millen for the day’s explorations.
Our final destination in Alabama was Huntsville, where we left the state on a 6pm flight; but first we stopped by at the US Space and Rocket Museum; the largest space museum in America where you can experience Virtual Reality moon landings, simulator space missions and also see real rockets and assets from the space missions – it was seriously cool to see!
Have you been to Alabama? What tips would you add to the post for those visiting the state?