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Attractions and Sights/Places to See in Alabama
The W C Handy Home Museum and Library in Florence; Gulf State Park; archaeologically rich Russell Cave National Monument; the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma; the Birmingham Museum of Art; the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile; the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Museum in Florence; Birmingham Zoo; scenic Little River Canyon National Preserve; Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, celebrating how General Andrew Jackson, later president, led a force of 3300 well armed men against 1000 Creek warriors and predictably defeated them, forcing the Creek nations to sign over much of what are today Alabama and Georgia; the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; The US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville; the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery; Rickwood Caverns State Park; Mobile Bay and Dauphin Island; Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, celebrating the achievements of Booker T Washington and George Washington Carver; and the mineral spa of Bladon Springs State Park, are among the attractions of Alabama.
Ghosts, Folklore, Legends, Scary Stories, Monsters and Myths in Alabama
The face embedded in a window of Pickens County Courthouse, Carrollton, thought by some to be the visage of an alleged criminal who cursed the town before he was lynched by an angry mob; the horned Choccolocco monster that terrified the eponymous town (a man called Neal Williamson later claimed that he was the monster but you may choose not to believe him); the ghost of a woman and uncanny piano playing that haunt the Victoria Inn in Anniston; how the Space Camp in Huntsville combines modern science with ancient paranormal forces by being haunted by the ghost of a man bured in debris after an explosion; the creation of Blue Pond near Oxford, by a great sinkhole that swallowed nearly two thousand Native Americans who had gathered to watch the burning of two suspected witches; and the ghost of Colonel Tutwiler in the Tutwiler Hotel, Birmingham (more properly, as I write, called the mouthful "Hampton Inn and Suites Birmingham-Downtown-Tutwiler"), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Alabama.
Some people say that they have no desire to visit America because they have seen so much of it on TV and in the movies. However, there is no substitute for the real thing. Be as familiar with famous places as you might like to be with famous people. Honolulu, Detroit, Corpus Christi, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Houston, Anchorage, Savannah, Albuquerque, Boston, Sitka, Juneau, Miami, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Fairbanks, Indianapolis, Santa Fe, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Atlanta, St Louis, Atlantic City, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington DC, Seattle, Skagway, Dallas, Lake Tahoe and New York. If you have seen those cities, you have at least seen the most famous ones in the USA. Visiting all fifty states is something that even most Americans cannot manage but it is possible to visit those cities, as well as other iconic destinations such as Niagara Falls, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Route 66, the wild west town of Tombstone, Glacier Bay National Park, Bryce Canyon, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Mount Rainier National Park, the Grand Canyon, the California coastline, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Everglades, Yellowstone National Park, the Ozarks, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Disney resorts, Yosemite National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, rodeos, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Florida Keys, the Appalachians, Mount Rushmore and the Adirondacks. Casually mentioning places that you have visited can be as impressive as mentioning the names of celebrities that you have met.
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