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College Towns of the South: Auburn, Alabama

In the sea of blue, orange, and white, people hug each other as they celebrate another win by the Tigers. But the Auburn family spirit doesn’t stop with football; it can be seen all over town throughout the year.

Back to the Beach: Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Sky-high luxury quarters and a decidedly down-to-earth vibe—experience the best of both worlds on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Fairhope, Alabama offers golf, galleries, and grub

Alabama didn’t end up with much oceanfront, but the towns tucked along Mobile Bay provide enough culture, architecture, and good food that visitors don’t miss the white sand. Fairhope, on the eastern side of the inlet, is just five hours or so from Atlanta and in some ways has more in common with Highlands, North Carolina, than sand-and-surf destinations like Panama City Beach.

NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway

This motorsports complex hosts NASCAR races on a tri-oval track outside of Lincoln, Alabama. Camping can start as early as the Tuesday before a Sunday race.

Newt Gingrich buying votes with food stamps

Remember back during the GOP debate season when Newt Gingrich would describe Barack Obama as the "food stamp President" as often as possible? Critics accurately described the phrase as a so-called dog whistle designed to appeal to bigoted. A new polls suggests the bigots were listening.

Newt’s next stops: Alabama and Mississippi

Avert your eyes!Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are in a three-way in Alabama.You're probably thinking, "Isn't that illegal in Alabama?"

Birmingham, AL

Birmingham is now quiet in the evenings, its downtown as emptied as our own. But a half century ago, civil rights marchers filled the streets, Bull Connor’s lackeys blasted...

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Amicalola is Cherokee for “tumbling waters,” and this 729-foot cascade is the highest waterfall (or, more accurately, series of waterfalls) east of the Mississippi. Trails descend from...

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