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The largest city in Alabama, Birmingham, is also county seat of Jefferson County. Nicknamed Magic City and Pittsburgh of the South, it received its name from Birmingham, one of the biggest industrial cities in the United Kingdom, because most of the founders had ancestors there. Its economy is also based on the following industries: iron, steel, mines and railroads. 

Birmingham, Alabama is famous through its people, mostly thanks to actors Courteney Cox and Louise Fletcher, but also thanks to cultural references, the city's name was mentioned in several songs - Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Birmingham by Randy Newman and Playboy Mommy by Tori Amos.

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Best time to visit Birmingham, Alabama

The seasons of spring and fall are perfect for outdoor activities because the weather is not too hot nor too cold. It is also not that expensive to visit Birmingham between months of March and May or September and November. If you are motorcycle enthusiast, make sure not to miss the Barber Vintage Festival held every October. Those who have a tight budget should travel between December and February since winters are not brutally cold here. There are also lots of fun festivals held during this time such as Birmingham Restaurant Week and Birmingham Winter Beer Fest.

Driving tips in Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham has access to four Interstate Highways: Interstate 20, Interstate 22, Interstate, 59 and Interstate 65. Take note that the speed limit on Rural Freeways is 70 mph while Urban Freeways is 60 mph. Residential areas have a speed limit of 25 mph and school zones have a speed limit of 15 mph. The closest airport to Birmingham is the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, which approximately 10 minutes away via I-20 W/I-59 S.  

Top Attractions within Birmingham

The Birmingham Museum of Art is the largest municipal museum in the area and includes exhibits depicting the town's history and also art collections in honors of different cultures and an outdoor sculpture garden.

The Southern Museum of Flight is, as its name reveals, an aviation museum. The museum has valuables aviation artifacts and also an outdoor collection of small airplanes. One of the most popular attractions here are the simulators for different kinds of aircrafts.

The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame was founded in the late 70's in order to educate and encourage the love for jazz. The museum is located in the Carver building and has more than 200 squared meters of exhibits and offers free Saturday jazz classes for the residents of the state of Alabama.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is another museum in Birmingham opened in honor of the athletic history of the town, displaying over 5000 objects related to Alabama athletes with great results.

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Top depots in Birmingham
  • Hertz Hertz Birmingham Dt - 2508 5Th Avenue S, Birmingham, AL. 35233
  • Avis Avis Birmingham South - 3439 Colonnade Parkway Suite 700, Birmingham, AL. 35242
  • Budget Budget Birmingham 280 Station - 450 Cahaba Park Circle, Birmingham, AL. 35242
  • Enterprise Enterprise Hoover - 3328 Old Columbiana Rd, Birmingham, AL. 35226
  • Budget Budget Birmingham - 2301 Third Avenue South, Birmingham, AL. 35233
  • Hertz Hertz Birmingham - 5406 Highway 280 E Ste D105, Birmingham, AL. 35242
  • Enterprise Enterprise Downtown Bhm - 2325 5Th Ave N, Birmingham, AL. 35203
  • Enterprise Enterprise Roebuck - 9709 Parkway E Ste G, Birmingham, AL. 35215
  • Enterprise Enterprise Southside - 2728 4Th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL. 35233
  • Budget Budget Birmingham- Local Renters Only - 5344 Messer Airport Highway, Local Renters Only, Birmingham, AL. 35212
  • Enterprise Enterprise Homewood - 400 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham, AL. 35209
  • Enterprise Enterprise Inv Colonade - 4704 Cahaba River Rd Ste J, Birmingham, AL. 35243
  • Enterprise Enterprise Long Lewis Ford - 2551 John Hawkins Pkwy, Birmingham, AL. 35244
  • Enterprise Enterprise Trussville - 1808 Gadsden Hwy Ste 104, Trussville, AL. 35235
  • Enterprise Enterprise Inverness-Highway 280 - 1230 Inverness Cors, Birmingham, AL. 35242
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