Wandering Around America One State at a Time – Alabama

Welcome to the first post in our series highlighting states we have visited throughout the years. I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride! I will be featuring the states alphabetically starting with

Alabama

Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819.  Montgomery is the capital and Birmingham is the largest city.

We’ve traveled through Alabama many times on our travels either at the beginning or the end of a long trip. All of our stays have been short so we haven’t been able to spend a lot of time exploring but we have enjoyed all of our visits there. Our travels never took us to the space center in Huntsville and we never had enough time to visit any of the Civil Rights museums or walk on the white sand beaches along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. We did enjoy many beautiful campgrounds and had fun cheering on the Dawgs when Georgia was the visiting team at Jordan-Hare stadium at the University of Auburn .

We spent our first ever night night on the road in Montgomery at the beginning of our cross country trip in 2006.

Our very first night on the road on July 14, 2006
Our very first night on the road on July 14, 2006

We discovered camping in Corps of Engineers parks on our way home from a three month trip in 2007.

Prairie Creek Campground - Our first COE Park
Prairie Creek Campground – Our first COE Park

Sunsets over the lakes and rivers in Alabama are some of the prettiest we’ve seen.

Sunset over the Alabama River at Prairie Creek Campground
Sunset over the Alabama River at Prairie Creek Campground

We love camping underneath Spanish Moss draped trees.

Spanish Moss at Gunter Hill
Spanish Moss at Gunter Hill

We love it when we discover a pretty, peaceful place to spend the night.

Sherling Lake
Sherling Lake

Scenic drives and walking trails made our stays at Oak Mountain State Park one of our favorite campgrounds of 2016.

View from the top of Peavine Falls Road
View from the top of Peavine Falls Roadgames in Auburn.

We planned a couple of fall trips around the Georgia-Auburn game in Auburn.

Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn University
Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn University

We didn’t get to walk on the beautiful Gulf beaches in Alabama but we did stop for lunch at Flora-Bama on the state line between between Florida and Alabama.

Flora Bama Bar
Flora Bama Bar on the Gulf of Mexico

17 thoughts on “Wandering Around America One State at a Time – Alabama”

    1. I agree! When we are on our way back to Georgia from a trip farther west we like to find a nice spot in Alabama to kick back for a while for our last stop before home. And yes, the people are friendly!

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  1. What a fun idea for posts for the New Year! We like Oak Mountain SP, too. Should you find your way back to Alabama, Dauphin Island is a wonderful stopover with lots of birds during spring migration.

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  2. I fear that one of the things I’ll miss most with our new life is camping with the Corps.

    However, Birmingham Alabama is the only city in the U.S. that I ever got stuck by a low underpass in my trucking days. Backing up nearly 1/2 a mile to get to a place I could turnabout was fun.

    Dauphin Island is lovely. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it when you get there – whenever.

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  3. I’ve spent some time this morning poking around your site and it’s an absolute treasure trove of great information for newbies like us. I’m especially looking forward to following this series. With some states, it’s tough to know where to even start when making our travel plans. This will be enormously helpful. Happy 2017!!

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  4. We lived in Mobile for 3 years and fell in love with the white sandy beaches! We didn’t get around the state much, but we now know the NW corner from our now annual trips to Red Bay! We’ll use this to help with future trips, but for now, we’re headed to Dauphin Island for a week or so in February! Not sure where else we’ll go….

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