Thursday, December 14, 2017

What I Can See While Visiting My Family

My husband's brother lives in Alabama, along with my sister-in-law and three nephews and a niece. They normally come here to visit, but I want to go to them this year. They have lived in Alabama for some time and are always moving. They have lived in Huntsville, Montgomery, and Auburn, and now they are in Birmingham.

Big Family 

Since our families are so large, staying with our hosts is not an option. We need a room. Thankfully. Hotel Planner has us covered. You can search your hotel by price, location, free breakfast, and more. Searching for Birmingham hotels on Hotel Planner, we were able to book a room for the week, and it's close to our family. 

Visiting Birmingham

Image via Flickr by the US Department of Education
What does Birmingham have to offer?  One is the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which consists of detailed exhibitions of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Exhibits show the struggles for civil rights in this era, as well as illustrate daily life for African Americans in the state and the nation over time and how dramatically different it was from the lives of white people. 
One thing we all truly enjoy is being outdoors. We love to camp, hike and enjoy nature, and Alabama has plenty of opportunities. Oak Mountain State Park, which is just south of Birmingham, is a beautiful landscape area with a wonderful place to fish and relax. My kids are huge anglers, they would live in the water if it was possible. There are many other fishing spots to visit while in Birmingham, especially since Alabama is known as the Bass Capital of the World. 

Check Out These Caverns

Image via Flickr by Marshall County CVB
Cathedral Caverns State Park is amazing!  Cathedral Caverns, which was opened to the public in 1950 by Jacob Gurley, was originally called Bat Cave but was renamed because of its cathedral-like appearance.  The cave was purchased by the state in 1987, and the area became a state park in the summer of 2000. The first feature most people notice about Cathedral Caverns is the massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high, a possible world record for commercial caves.
The grand entrance is only the beginning. Inside the cavern are some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created, including “Goliath,” one of the largest stalagmites in the world, measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. Cathedral Caverns features many amazing formations: a caveman perched atop a flowstone wall, a frozen waterfall, a large stalagmite forest, and a most improbable stone formation: a stalagmite that's 27 feet tall and 3 inches wide!
Rickwood Caverns State Park has gemstone mining, a gift shop, great places to picnic, a playground, hiking trails, and also offers camping. But it's main attraction is the guided cave tour. The hiking trails are along the Fossil Mountain, which got its name from the leaf and seashell imprints visible in some of the rocks. 

Ready for Travel

After talking to family and checking out Hotel Planner for things to do, I'm excited about our trip in March. My kids are excited to see their cousins, and my husband and I are ready to see something new. 

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