More than 100 cities across the state and their attractions are featured in a new book titled Alabama Road Trips.
The colorful 144-page hardcover book was produced by The Birmingham News/Alabama Media Group in cooperation with the Alabama Tourism Department and covers the state by geographic region, starting in North Alabama and ending with the Gulf Coast.
The book is designed as a guide for great two or three day getaways, said Lee Sentell, state tourism director. Included in the book are road trips featuring the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, the scenic beauty along the Lookout Mountain Parkway, Birmingham’s historic Five Points South neighborhood, a BCS Football Championship Tour of Tuscaloosa and Auburn, the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights Trail, a romantic getaway to Mobile and family fun on the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
“We have 52 great road trips in the book for travelers to enjoy, one for every week of the year. Each highlights the attractions, lodgings, restaurants and special events of an area. Travelers will also find a lot of great behind-the-scene type of advice since each of the road trips was written by one of our veteran tourism department staff members or by a local travel writer,” Sentell said.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg wrote the foreword to the book and relates his own story about trips he took with his family growing up in Alabama. The book’s cover features a vintage Cadillac cruising down Oak Street in Magnolia Springs. The vintage Cadillac can also be seen in a series of road trip inspired print ads and television commercials produced by the state tourism department.
Alabama Road Trips is available at Books-A-Million stores across the state and online at www.alonlinestore.com and Amazon.com. Alabama Road Trips can also be purchased at the Governor’s Mansion Gift Shop and at The Goathill Museum Store inside the Alabama State Capital in Montgomery. The retail price of the book is $20.