Title: 100 Things to Do in Birmingham Before You Die, Second Edition
Author: Verna Gates
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
They called it the Magic City. Birmingham sprang up fast, as if a magician’s wand pulled skyscrapers out of a valley surrounded by mountains. The combination of beauty made by man and nature, compliments a vibrant city pulsing with activity—on the sidewalk or the trail. Some come for the fine dining at restaurants such as one named America’s Best Restaurant by James Beard. Others for the challenging mountain biking trails. Historic theaters house nationally recognized film festivals. Music throbs from bars, restaurants and even churches, where ancient Sacred Harp dirges are sung by visitors from around the world. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Trail trace the struggle that changed a nation. The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame will have you bowing before the “Roll Tide” in a state where football is crowned king. In 100 Things to Do in Birmingham Before You Die, you will discover the famous places along with hidden treasures of a city pulsing with character, charm and striking natural beauty. Named America’s greenest city, Birmingham is surrounded by Red Mountain, Ruffner Mountain, Oak Mountain and Moss Rock, all offering trails for hiking, biking, bouldering and orienteering. The Cahaba River, the most biodiverse river in America, offers canoeing, swimming, fishing and large, rare flowers blooming in its shoals. In the tree-lined buildings, you will find one of the regions’ finest art museums or perhaps a quirky museum celebrating an obscure poet revered by Japanese visitors. Whether it’s the best barbeque or martini, a picture-perfect round of golf, or where to find clothes by famed local designers, Birmingham-native Verna Gates is ready to be your personal guide to the best the Magic City has to offer.Great food, sports, entertainment and nature make Birmingham a great place to find 100 things to do.