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Welcome to Alabama


Alabama lies in the Deep South, as its nickname, the 'Heart of Dixie', proclaims. It is rich in all that the South is known for: natural beauty, down-home food and hospitality, but it carries the proud legacy of the civil rights struggle as well. The state was the site of the landmark Montgomery bus boycott and the 'Freedom March' led by Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Alabama's varying landscape and personality make it a destination of both non-stop activity and laid-back escape. At its southern tip, the sugar-white sand and crystal clear waters of the Gulf Coast beckon. Alabama's beaches, unlike those of neighbouring Florida, are free of amusement parks and large-scale commercialisation. Instead, there are the stately antebellum mansions and gardens of Mobile as well as the rolling farmlands and quiet towns of the southeast.

Further north, the pace of life picks up in sleek Birmingham, with its great jazz, and the Talladega Superspeedway, which can seem like a small city itself during NASCAR racing events. Alabama's northernmost region is situated at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, overflowing with stunning views, lakes, waterfalls and caverns. In autumn, when the trees blaze red and gold, it is a paradise for campers, hikers and mountain bikers.

Alabama has a strong, sometimes fanatical, sports culture as well. It is home to the country's most heated rivalry in American college football, between the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide and the Auburn University Tigers. During the Iron Bowl, when the two come together in a season-ending clash, the entire state enters into a frenzy of competitive spirit.

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The average annual temperature in Alabama is 64°F (18°C), with the northern counties experiencing cooler temperatures and the southern counties having relatively warmer temperatures, influenced by the Gulf of Mexico. The average summer temperature is 79°F (26° C) and the average winter temperature is 48°F (9°C). The best time to visit Alabama would be in summer or autumn, outside of the tornado season and when visitors can witness the fiery colours of the autumn leaves. Snow occasionally falls in the northern regions and frosts are periodic.

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

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