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With over 4.8 million residents, the state of Alabama is ranked 23rd in the country for its sheer number of inhabitants, and second in the size of its inland waterways. It boasts white-sand beaches, one of the world's premier space centers and a history rife with conflict that is acknowledged and memorialized for its educational value. Enjoy the tranquil shores on the Gulf of Mexico and scavenge for antiques in quaint nearby towns known for local art. Take in history by viewing (and even touching, in some instances) NASA rockets or stand at the pulpit of the Martin Luther King, Jr. church. Whether you want to learn more about important moments in U.S. history or simply take in picturesque scenery, Alabama has something for everyone.


Nosh on sesame shrimp at Mr. Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking

Hotels in Birmingham
Planning a Birmingham vacation? In between celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and getting soaked at the Splash Adventure Waterpark, you'll need some rest and relaxation. Before you book a room, be sure to check out these hotel ratings, photos and reviews.

Get some R&R at Courtyard Birmingham Downtown at UAB


Explore the history of space travel at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center

U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Young and old alike will delight in the opportunity to take in the United States' massive accomplishments in the world of space exploration at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. IMAX movies, hands-on exhibits and informative tours make this an interactive fest that's both educational and fun. Youthful visitors with dreams of being the next Neil Armstrong may want to consider returning for the world-famous Space Camp.

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Guides for other parts of the world

(Updated: 08/28/13 RD)

GAYOT's list of the best luxury trains has exciting excursions on as many continents as possible, from dramatic treks across the Austalian Outback to elegant tours through the great cities of Europe.
Situated in scenic locales from Napa Valley to Champagne, France, these iconic wine routes boast world-class vineyards, charming towns and unforgettable views.