Iconic Birmingham sites competing in USA Today Best Alabama Attractions poll

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Picture of Vulcan after he was given a fresh coat of paint this Spring – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

How will Birmingham attractions fare in a month long national survey of Best Alabama Attractions conducted by USA Today?

Last week, as part of  USA Today’s 2018 10 Best series of polls, Americans were asked – What are the top 10 attractions  in the Yellowhammer State?

A list of 20 attractions are provided, including five from the Birmingham area.  They are (in alphabetical order):

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

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The Chase at the Barber Motorsports Museum entrance – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Fred Shuttlesworth
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth statue at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

McWane Science Center

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McWane Science Center – Birmingham, Alabama

Vulcan Park and Museum

Vulcan Park Aftertunes
Vulcan Park Aftertunes Fall Concert Series. Via – www.visitvulcan.com.

There are two additional attractions connected to Birmingham on the list; the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail that has a course at Ross Bridge and the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, which is about 30 miles southwest of the Magic City and home to the Cahaba lilies.

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Majestic Cahaba Lily, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Folks have until January 15th to  participate and vote.

Presently, as of December 21st, the top vote getter is Belligrath Gardens and Home down near Mobile, followed by Birmingham’s Barbers, USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Little River Canyon National Preserve and Cathedral Caverns State Park.

Who do you think is going to win? Will it be one of Birmingham’s iconic attractions ? Which attraction did not make the list that should be on it?

We want to hear your opinion – and don’t forget to vote!


Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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