Photo gallery: USA Today’s “Birmingham” Alabama Best Attractions

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Bham Now was so excited today about Barber Motorsports Museum and Vulcan Park and Museum making USA Today’s top 10 Best Alabama Attraction list, we had to visit the iconic attractions for ourselves.

Besides, after below freezing weather all week today’s weather was incredible, with temps nearing the 60s. What a great excuse to create a photo gallery for our readers!

Vulcan Park and Museum

Darlene Negrotto, President and CEO of Vulcan Park and Museum stated it best upon Vulcan making the USA Today Best Alabama Attraction list:

“Vulcan proudly stands for Birmingham, pointing his spear towards the future of the city, while the museum shares the stories of the people who defined and shaped its history. Vulcan is a must see for anyone who has plans to visit Birmingham or the state of Alabama.”

We agree wholeheartedly.

Birmingham’s beloved Vulcan, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now
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Entrance to Vulcan Museum, photo by Pat Byington
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Model of the Vulcan statue, photo by Pat Byington
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History of Birmingham, photo by Pat Byington
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Kiwanis Progress Via-visitvulcan.com
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

When it was announced Barber Motorsports Museum had earn first place in the nationwide USA Today contest, the museum’s executive director Jeff Ray made the following statement:

“Our dream was to create the greatest collection of motorcycles in the world. Being named the best Alabama attraction was thrilling news, and we appreciate our fans for showing such overwhelming enthusiasm for our mission here in Birmingham,” said the museum’s executive director, Jeff Ray.

Bham Now took an extensive tour of the museum led by Barber Museum docent and volunteer Tom Board.  As you can see from the photos the collection is simply astonishing.

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Birmingham built Motus Motorcycle, photo by Pat Byington

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Vintage motorcycles at the Barber Motorsports Museum
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Barber Motorsports Museum elevator, photo by Pat Byington
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Panoramic view of Barber Motorsports Museum, photo by Pat Byington
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Motorcycle modeled after the famous movie and cult classic Easy Rider, photo by Pat Byington
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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now
Discover Birmingham

Sometimes the best attractions are literally in our backyard.  Both sites the Barber Motorsports Museum and Vulcan Park and Museum  are world class and one of a kind.  Each place is family friendly.  It is not surprising they topped USA Today’s 10Best.com list.

  • Author’s note:  Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Golf Course is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.  We are very proud to have RTJ on the list too!  Unfortunately, I don’t play golf, so we’ll have to figure on the next photo gallery!


  • 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.