Why book flights to Alabama? It was in Alabama where Rosa Parks calmly refused to give up her seat at the front of a bus to a white passenger, sparking the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. It was in Alabama where workers built the first space shuttle that would send humans to the moon, signalling the start of the U.S. Space Programme. It was in Alabama where the Freedom March took place from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
It’s no wonder Alabama’s state motto is “We dare defend our rights”. Today, Alabama is home to universities, monuments and museums that continue to pay tribute to the past by remembering the struggles of its people. Travellers seeking a more in-depth look at some of the more pivotal points in US history book flights to Alabama every year.
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Like most of the South, Alabama’s summers are long, hot, and humid. The temperature and humidity start to build in May and peak in July and August with temperatures in the 30s (Celsius). Northern Alabama tends to be a bit cooler with its state parks and low mountains.The winds from the Gulf of Mexico keep the winters mild in southern Alabama and slightly cooler in the north. There can even be a light snowfall in the north.The hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and can be particularly intense along the coast.
The Gulf Shores draw visitors year round. There is a large number of public golf courses, and people play throughout the year, although the courses are often less crowded on hot summer afternoons.
Mobile’s Mardi Gras, the oldest in the country, usually starts in February, 40 days before Easter. The city is always busy for the festival, and this is when most visitors step off their Alabama flights.
The autumn colours in the mountains are at their most glorious during October.
Most visitors avoid Alabama in the heat and humidity of the summer, particularly July and August.
Some say the best way to get around Alabama is to rent a convertible and cruise with the top down. If you prefer air conditioning, renting a car is still the best way to get around the state.
Amtrak trains from New York and Atlanta make stops throughout the state, and there are bus services connecting major towns and cities. The larger cities have small airports and the Dothan Regional Airport also provides flights within Alabama.
Taxis are available in the cities, as are buses in the larger cities.
(prices quoted are from London)