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Day 1 – Today, travel to Birmingham, AL On arrival you will enjoy a guided City Tour. You will see important civil rights sites such as Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and the park that was the staging ground for protest marches during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
Then you will have time for lunch on own and shopping in downtown Birmingham. Comprised of nearly 300 retailers downtown offers a diverse assortment of clothing and gift stores, salons, spas, antique shops, art galleries and restaurants.
Next, visit the Vulcan Park and Museum, world’s largest cast-iron sculpture; made of 100,000 pounds of iron and 56 feet tall, he stands at the top of Red Mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham. But Vulcan is more than just a statue—Vulcan Park and Museum features spectacular views of Birmingham, an interactive history museum that examines Vulcan and Birmingham’s story.
This evening, check into your Birmingham hotel for a three night stay. Dinner is included tonight at Dreamland Bar-B-Que.
Day 2 – Start the day with a tour the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The museum offers you a chance to immerse yourself in the state’s rich jazz heritage. The museum contains more than 2,200-square-feet of exhibits. After your tour, see a showing of “Jazz in the Magic City,” a very interesting jazz documentary outlining the progression of Jazz in Birmingham, AL.
Next, you head to Scottsboro to visit the Unclaimed Luggage Center. This is the facility where lost suitcases eventually end up; you can actually purchase luggage and contents here.
Returning to Birmingham, a seafood dinner is included tonight the Dixie Fish Co. serving locally-sourced fresh seafood, oysters, crabs, and shrimp!
Day 3 – This morning visit the Birmingham Museum of Art, the largest municipal art museum in the Southeast. It has an outstanding permanent collection of over 18,000 works of art from many cultures especially European, American, Asian, and African. The museum is also home to the largest museum collection of Wedgwood china. Don’t miss the multi-level sculpture garden.
Then tour the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens’ 67.5 acres contains 25+ unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house.
This afternoon you head to the Talledega Speedway for a track tour and visit the Hall of Fame Museum. Tour the world-famous Talladega Superspeedway by way of an 18-seat ADA accessible van. The tour takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and tour guides will provide special insight into the track and its rich history. Then visit the museum featuring three exhibit halls and pavilion area, the Motorsports Hall of Fame also includes the Hall of Fame Gift Shop as well as the McCaig-Wellborn Motorsports Research Library, a 3,000 square foot space with over 14,000 volumes of books, magazines and other research materials. It may be the most comprehensive collection of motorsports information on Earth.
Returning to Birmingham, you will tour the Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens, the only remaining antebellum mansion remaining in Birmingham. It is now a decorative arts museum with a fine collection of 19th century furnishings, textiles and paintings. Arlington is a grand example of Greek Revival architecture dating from the 1840’s. The house was built by Judge William S. Mudd, one of the ten founders of Birmingham. Following your tour, enjoy dinner in the Tea Room.
Day 4 – After breakfast, depart for home.