Great Escapes: Our guide to Birmingham, AL

Planning a getaway? Check out Birmingham, Alabama for city amenities with the charm of a small town.

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The Magic City is the most recognized nickname for Birmingham. | Photo by Chris Granger via the Alabama Tourism Department

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City Editor Dylan here. These days I’m all about Music City (aka, Nashville, TN), but growing up I was charmed by the Magic City — Birmingham, Alabama. If a flourishing food scene, thriving arts community, and family-friendly fun appeal to you, read on to see what’s so magical about this midsize metropolitan.

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See a production at the Lyric Theatre or Alabama Theatre during your stay. | Photo by Art Meripol via the Alabama Tourism Department

Why go?

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens spans 67 acres and features over 25 individual gardens. | Photo by Chris Granger via the Alabama Tourism Department

Act like a local:

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Vulcan Park and Museum features panoramic views of Birmingham. | Photo by Art Meripol via the Alabama Tourism Department

Where to stay:

  • Airbnb: This downtown loft is located in the heart of Magic City. (~$82/night)
  • Splurge hotel: Check into Mountain Brook’s Grand Bohemian Hotel for luxurious accommodations. (~$390/night)
  • Save hotel: Stay at the Redmont Hotel Birmingham and be within walking distance of the Alabama and Lyric theaters. (~$140/night)