Nicknamed “The Magic City,” Birmingham is a surprising hidden gem that quickly dispels the perception of some who still think of B’ham as just another city in the Deep South. With hallmark Southern hospitality and warmth—and palpable ’Bama Nation pride—Birmingham acknowledges and honors its past while enthusiastically embracing its future. From the Vulcan Park and Museum that stands as a pillar to the city’s iron and steel industry, to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the recently opened urban oasis, Railroad Park, Birmingham is quickly establishing itself as Alabama’s largest modern metropolis.
Amidst the city’s swelling modernity is the emerging music scene. While it’s admittedly no Nashville, Birmingham’s local venues are attracting both local and national talent and offering cultured music hounds so many options they no longer are forced to make the trek to Music City USA to catch a worthy rock show.
In addition to the steady veil of humidity, rolling hills and readily detectable twang in every local’s greeting, there’s one other facet of Birmingham you’ll notice immediately upon arrival: the unabashed pride in the state’s football teams. Whether it’s the Auburn Tigers or Alabama’s Crimson Tide, strong Southern rivalries make picking a team and staying loyal a necessity. The rally chant “Roll Tide” is as much a universal expression (usually followed by a “y’all”) as it is a token of ‘Bama Nation solidarity.
So, if you enjoy soaking in the local history, sampling the best of Southern eats or testing your need for speed at Talladega Superspeedway, Birmingham’s got you covered and delivers on its magic city status.