The state of Alabama is on the southeast part of the United States, bordered by Georgia (east), Florida (south) Mississippi (west), Tennessee (north) and bathed by the Gulf of Mexico (south). The state capital, Montgomery, is known for its important role in the Civil Rights movement in the mid-20th century such as Montgomery Bus Boycott. In North Alabama, Huntsville is nicknamed “the rocket city”, Auburn is a college town thanks to the significance of Auburn University and to the south, the resort city of Gulf Shores is on the delightful Gulf coast.

Population: estimated 4.863 million inhabitants

Capital: Montgomery

Other major cities: Birmingham, Auburn, Huntsville, Mobile, Tuscaloosa

Main attractions: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Monte Sano State Park (Huntsville), WWII-era Battleship USS Alabama, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham Museum of Art, Civil Rights Memorial (Montgomery), Mobile Bay, Gulf State Park, Monte Sano State Park, Noccalula Falls Park

Nearest Airports: Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), Huntsville International Airport (HSV), Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM)

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