AvondaleTraveling and seeing the world often makes one think of long plane rides, passports, foreign languages and exotic experiences. However, there is plenty to see right here in our country, from national parks to architectural wonders, without having to step foot on a plane or stamp the passport. But surprisingly, not all of the country’s best destinations are well-known tourist stops. Sometimes, they’re referred to as small-big cities, just like Birmingham, Alabama.

The city of Birmingham was recently honored by landing at No. 45 on the New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Go in 2017. The city’s growth from sleepy iron town to booming metropolis is recognized among such far-flung places as the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and nearby locales like Greenville, South Carolina.

Travelers to Birmingham can trek through one of the many parks like Red Mountain Park, and experience history, hiking and zip lining. Railroad Park also offers free exercise classes and features “You Are Beautiful” graffiti to help uplift the souls of everyone who passes by. Visitors can also eat and drink their way around the city at popular stops like Avondale Brewing Company, Post Office Pies and Saw’s Soul Kitchen. History is what makes Birmingham so unique. Travelers are encouraged to take the time to visit, and learn the stories behind, the Civil Rights Institute, the Birmingham Museum of Art and The Alabama Theater. Once the evening starts to set in, ease into the night with live music at Saturn or Iron City.

With baseball season right around the corner, sports enthusiasts are encouraged to attend a baseball game at the newly-built Regions Field. It features a beautiful view of the city and is conveniently located across from Good People Brewing Company. The fun never stops as the night rolls in with a thriving nightlife; places like Zydeco are known for their unforgettable experiences.

The spirit of Birmingham can be summed up by the city’s nickname, the magic city. This is a city which embraces travelers with ability to allow everyone to express themselves.  Whether you’re into history, crazy nights, food, indie music or art, this city offers magical experiences for everyone.

One of the best parts of knowing a city is all the little things it has to offer, like where to get your favorite barbeque, the sweetest desserts and the best happy hour specials. Every city has hidden cool and interesting facts, along with civic pride; you just don’t know about it until you experience it yourself. Once you’ve had the opportunity to explore Birmingham inside and out, you may find yourself in love with it, just like we are. If that’s the case, we’re here to help you make this magical city your home.

As one of the top home builders in Alabama, we know the hidden gems of Birmingham. When our new home buyers purchase in this historic city, they have the life-long opportunity to experience the ins-and-outs of what this city truly has to offer. To learn more about our communities surrounding Birmingham, visit www.HarrisDoyle.com.