Alabama is nestled between the Gulf Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. The name Alabama is believed to be a word from the Native American Choctaw tribe, which means “thicket clearer” or “vegetation gatherers.” Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1919.
This area of the country is filled with wondrous nature experiences and offers a unique look into the history of the southern United States. One of the more popular ways to see Alabama is by walking tour. Several Alabama cities offer extensive walking tours through historic areas, nature reserves and Civil War battlefields.
The Selma, Alabama Ghost Tour is one of the more popular walking tours. The Ghost Tour is a self-guided tour that begins at the Selma, Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Tourists can pick up a map with descriptions of each location at the chamber building. This tour takes visitors passed six haunted homes as well as through the local cemetery. Many of the famous Selma haunters are buried in this cemetery and walkers will be guided passed their graves. If ghostly encounters are not of interest, Selma, Alabama also has a historic walking tour that follows the steps of Martin Luther King. This tour takes walkers past 20 memorials that highlight the history of the Voting Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama during the 1960s.
Huntsville, Alabama offers a walking tour through the cities Old Town Historic District, which begins on 122 Walker Avenue. This tour is a guided showcase of some of the cities finest architecture. Tours begin each day at 10:00 a.m. After completing this walking tour, visitors are encouraged to visit Huntsville’s Constitution Village and Early Works Museum Complex. Both offer a glimpse into Alabama’s colorful past.
Florence, Alabama is home to the Florence Indian Mound Park and Museum. This ancient site is 42 feet high and has an approximate 310 foot diameter base. The summit of the mound measures 145 feet by 94 feet. Visitors to this Alabama treasure are encouraged to spend much of the day walking the mound and its surrounding grounds; then spend some time in the museum dedicated to the history of these mysterious people. There are several similar mounds found throughout Alabama.
DeKalb County Alabama is home to the “world’s longest” yard sale. The shopping begins on top of Lookout Mountain at the Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama and ends in the city of Covington, KY. This incredible collection of junk and/or treasures can be perused each year during the first two weeks of August.
Walking tours are just a small part of Alabama’s southern charm. There are also hundreds of museums, parks, beaches and more for visitors to explore in Alabama. No matter how you choose to see Alabama, we invite you to slow down and get to know this incredible state.