Knowing more about your destinations before you visit can help you prepare for what to expect. Knowing the facts of an area can offer you the chance to understand what there is to do as well as a bit about the culture before you arrive.
Most travel books with sections dedicated to specific areas such as U.S. states, offer facts on size, population, most popular activities and other items of interest to vacationers. In an effort to offer some of the many helpful facts for your next vacation, Bill Bailey Travel Club would like to take you on a journey through the U.S. states.
Tourism in the U.S. is growing, especially in areas which offer unique or area specific activities of interest. Today, California, New York, and even Alaska are continuing to offer great options for a unique vacation. We read every day about exotic far off places, what about those places closer to home?
The United States is incredibly varied offering cultural differences, a variety of ecosystems and thousands of chances to relax and enjoy a vacation a bit closer to home. Travel with Bill Bailey Travel Club as we cover the facts on our 50 states. From facts you may already be aware of to those a bit more off the wall, take some time to take a closer look at America’s 50 states, just the facts with Bill Bailey Travel Club.
Beginning the series, we will start with the letter A and continue through the alphabet until we have covered every U.S. State. Our first state is the great state of:
- Capital – Montgomery
- Motto – We dare defend our rights
- Admitted to the Union – 1819 as the 22nd State
- Nicknames – Yellowhammer State, The Heart of Dixie, The Cotton State
- Largest City – Birmingham
- Origin of name – from Alabama river named by European explorers after the Alibamu a local Indian tribe.
- Mardis Gras was introduced to the Western World by Alabama
- In 1886 – The first electric trolley system was introduced
- Mobile was named after the Mauvilla Indians
- The official state mineral is hematite
- The official insect is the Monarch Butterfly
- The official fair of Alabama is the Florence Renaissance Fair
- Nat King Cole was born in Alabama
- U.S. Space Camp is located in Alabama
- Cotton made Alabama’s fortunes
- There are no less than 22 state parks and 6 National Parks in Alabama
The wonderful history and great activities as well as beach front and southern location make Alabama a popular tourist destination throughout the year.
We hope that you have enjoyed the first of our series covering U.S. state facts. Travel throughout the U.S. and abroad with Bill Bailey Travel Club as your partner in travel.
Bill Bailey Travel Club has over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, providing you advice and tips on travel worldwide.