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Alabama's Golf Renaissance

Unless you're coming from the Southeast, you'll probably have to get a connecting flight to reach Mobile, but there are direct flights between New York and Birmingham. Fly into either city and rent a car. You'll spend most of your time on I-65, I-85 and I-20, barring a detour to Dothan. It's about two hours from Mobile to Cambrian Ridge, then thirty minutes to Montgomery, and Auburn is forty-five minutes from there. Birmingham is about two hours from Auburn, and Silver Lakes is an hour from Birmingham. It's quite easy to get a round in during the morning, then hit the road and be checked in at the next stop before dinner.

Alabama Bass Trail: If you are into fishing, Alabama has another trail just for you--housing and dining facilities for vacation and tournament use on lakes in state parks in Mobile, Rogersville, Guntersville, Eufaula and Alexander City. Call 800-252-7275 or visit dcnr.state.al.us.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute: Galleries, programs and services regarding the history of the Civil Rights struggle. Call 205-328-9696 or visit bcri.bham.al.us.

Birmingham Museum of Art: The largest municipal museum in the Southeast features an impressive collection of 21,000 works of art plus major traveling exhibitions. Call 205-254-2566 or visit artsbma.org.

The Hank Williams Museum: This homage to the king of country music is located on the waterfront in downtown Montgomery. Call 334-262-3600 or visit hitdude.com/hank.html.

Hiking: There are twenty-four state parks and four national forests scattered around the state. If you want to stretch your legs, try the Pinhoti trail at the Talladega National Forest near Anniston or the Bartram trail at the Tuskegee National Forest near Auburn. Call 334-832-4470.

Mardi Gras: Mobile is home to the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in America. It's not New Orleans in size, but it's close in verve. Call 800-566-2453 or visit mobile.org/html/links/mardi_gras.php.

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum: The writer and his wife once lived here in Montgomery, where they first met at a dance in 1918. Call 334-264-4222 or visit alabamatravel.org/central/szfm.html.

Talladega Superspeedway and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum: The museum houses more than 100 vehicles, as well as racing memorabilia. NASCAR's Talladega 500 is held April 21. Call 256-362-5002 or visit motorsportshalloffame.com and talladegasuperspeedway.com.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center: For those who can't get enough about outer space, this center in Huntsville (also home to the original Space Camp) offers one of the best collections of space memorabilia and rockets in the world. Call 800-637-7223 or visit spacecamp.com.

For more information about the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, call 800-949-4444 or visit rtjgolf.com.


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