Bama’s Best

Hundreds of thousands of spring breakers may be basking their bodies on Florida’s beaches right now, but the “Sunshine State” is not the only place to live it up while school is out.

A recent poll shows that Alabama is becoming a major spring break draw for a variety of revelers, from college co-eds to families with young children. “The Heart of Dixie” has long been a popular southern travel destination, but with a slew of new events taking place within its borders during the springtime, the state is experiencing a new energy.

Alabama is also an attractive spot to parents looking for educational vacation attractions, such as the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship. In addition to being able to tour the historic World War II battleship and submarine, you are also given the opportunity to view different war planes and battle records. However, the military aviation artifacts housed at the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship site are just a sampling of what you can see when visiting the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. The popular attraction is dedicated to African-American pilots who made history defending our country during war. From there, gather the kids and head over to the National African American Archives and Museum. The must-visit site is loaded with photographs, books, furniture, decorations, and various other items documenting African American history. Finally, a trip to Alabama is not complete without touring Helen Keller’s Birthplace, Ivy Green. The world-famous author and political activist was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and the state has gone to great lengths to preserve her birthplace.

For those looking to soak up the gorgeous spring weather in Alabama, places like Russell Cave National Monument and Chickasabogue Park should be placed at the top of your to-do list. The former is a Jackson County gem, which was once inhabited by ancient Northern Americans from as early as 6500 B.C. The latter is a sprawling 1000-acre recreational area located in Mobile County. It includes a wildlife refuge, as well as places to camp, canoe, bike, hike, picnic and swim.

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Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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