Nestled in the heart of Alabama is a city “where freedom lives” — the freedom to explore, learn, play, work, and discover a part of our nation’s history. A traveler’s paradise, Birmingham is the perfect place to go when adventure calls.
Freedom to explore
Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Birmingham attracts nature lovers with its abundance of outdoor charm. With more than 30 different gardens, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s largest living museum. Admission is free and the gardens are open year-round, making it easy to fit in your schedule. Just 5 minutes away you can enjoy a wild time at the Birmingham Zoo. Home to a new jaguar habitat, a children’s zoo and unique guided tours, this zoo is one where families can see animals in a whole new light.
Freedom to learn and play
With not one but two major universities in the city, there’s an open invitation to campus excitement, including sporting events, special guests and annual events. Sports enthusiasts can also head to the track to enjoy high-speed racing, or opt to spend nine innings with Birmingham’s boys of summer. Or swing into action yourself and enjoy over 100 miles of golf that connect 26 courses — known around the world as “the trail.” For local favorite activities, join in on a variety of community events, including 5K runs, cornhole tournaments and outdoor yoga.
Freedom to work
If business brings you to town, you’re in good hands. Being at the cross-section of two major railroads, Birmingham has long been an industrial heartbeat of our country. In fact, at the height of manufacturing, it was known as the “Magic City” due to its rapid growth. Today, with more than 40,000 businesses, Birmingham still values innovation, offering courses and training to the community and visitors year-round.
Freedom to discover history
There are 99 historic neighborhoods in Birmingham, and you can take a walk into their past with this self-guided walking tour. You’ll stroll past incredible architecture, monuments, and landmarks that are etched in our nation’s history. Along the route, learn about Alabama’s legends of jazz, catch a show at the city’s premier theatre built in 1927, or take a rest in a memorial park honoring one of Birmingham’s most famous lead singers.
Freedom to belong
Enjoy your first taste of Southern hospitality when you walk through the doors at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson,® Birmingham-Hoover, AL. After a long day of travel, sightseeing or campus visits, guests can cool down at the hotel’s outdoor pool, relax with a book from the lending library or reconnect with family over video chat using our complimentary Wi-Fi. After a good night’s sleep, you can enjoy our complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast served daily on real diningware. Our guests are treated like family, and we help accommodate yours by offering room blocks for special events that include connecting rooms for convenience. Just minutes from everything you plan to discover in the city, Country Inn & Suites, Birmingham-Hoover, AL delights in making you feel at home.