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Alabama is often overlooked – and sometimes given a bad rap – as a tourist destination, but visitors are pleasantly surprised by the variety of things to do. From authentic, bluesy juke joints to civil rights history and one of the country’s best restaurants (according to the two James Beard awards it won in 2018), Alabama is a great place to start getting to know the South. The key to getting the most out of your trip to the Yellowhammer state is to diversify: chill at the beach, visit a museum, follow the barbecue trail, see some art, then get outdoors at a state park. Here’s your guide to ‘Bama culture. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.