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AUG 2018

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2 0 1 8 / 2 0 1 9 M E E T I N G S I T E S G U I D E ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 7 Hiking Groups can choose from a variety of hiking experiences through- out Alabama. Northern Alabama is situated at the tail end of the Appalachian Mountains, offering plenty of rocky terrain for hiking and spectacular views. Several parks dot the land and allow visitors to connect with nature. In the southern part of Alabama, the Tuskegee National Forest is suited not only for plenty of hiking but is also home to fish- ing spots and wildlife areas. Cheaha State Park provides mountainous hik- ing expeditions as well as mountain bike trails. Lake Guntersville State Park delivers more than 30 miles of hiking trails and is the winter abode of bald eagles. In short, groups won't find a bad trail in Alabama. American Village The city of Montevallo's American Village allows visitors to step into the past and discover the power and drama of America's journey for independence. Only 30 minutes from Birmingham, the campus showcases Colonial representations such as Washington Hall, inspired by George Washington's beloved Mount Vernon; the Colonial Courthouse; the Colonial Chapel, inspired by one of America's oldest churches, Bruton Parish Church of Williamsburg, Va.; and a full-sized replica of the Oval Office, includ- ing an exact replica of the Resolute desk used by most presidents since Rutherford Hayes. Daily public and customized tours are available and special programming is offered on major holidays, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day, which draw thousands of attendees. USS Alabama Just off the coast of Mobile in Battleship Memorial Park, the USS Alabama is a testament to another time, one characterized by war and the heroic defense of a nation. The USS Alabama was com- missioned on Aug. 16, 1942, and earned nine battle stars during her active tours of duty. Today, tours are available in multiple areas of the ship that showcase how and where sailors lived during World War II. Visitors can see the giant guns and sit in a turret or traverse the multiple levels of the ship where the 2,500 members of the crew slept, ate and worked. Tours are also available on the USS Drum, the oldest U.S. submarine that is still open to the public. The USS Drum's 311-foot hull was home to eight officers and 75 enlisted. The Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion is available on the same grounds, as is a wide collection of aircraft. n City Map Location Page Alabama Gulf Coast Foley ...................................................... B8 ............................. 8 Gulf Shores ............................................ B8 ............................. 8 Orange Beach ........................................ B8 ............................. 8 Anniston..................................................... D3 ........................... 10 Auburn/Opelika .......................................... D5 ........................... 10 Birmingham ............................................... C3 ........................... 11 Cullman ..................................................... C2 ........................... 14 Decatur ...................................................... C1 ........................... 14 Dothan ....................................................... E6 ........................... 14 Enterprise .................................................. D6 ........................... 14 Fairhope .................................................... B7 ........................... 14 Florence..................................................... B1 ........................... 14 Gadsden .................................................... D2 ........................... 14 Greenville .................................................. C5 ........................... 15 Guntersville................................................ D2 ........................... 15 Huntsville ................................................... C1 ........................... 15 Mobile ........................................................ B7 ........................... 15 Montgomery............................................... C5 ........................... 18 Muscle Shoals Area .................................. B1 ........................... 18 Oxford ........................................................ D3 ........................... 18 Shorter ....................................................... C5 ........................... 18 Talladega ................................................... D3 ........................... 18 Town Creek ............................................... C1 ........................... 18 Tuscaloosa ................................................ B3 ........................... 18 Tuskegee ................................................... D5 ........................... 18 Wetumpka ................................................. C5 ........................... 18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A B C D E Alabama Alabama's rich history and Southern culture can be found in every facet of the state. In 2019, groups will have even more reason to explore the state as it celebrates its 200th birthday. From the Southern coast to the northern historic Muscle Shoals region, Sweet Home Alabama offers an abundance of natural wonder, unique experiences and adventures that have been delighting visitors for nearly two centuries. Montevallo's American Village Culture, History & The Great Outdoors! USS Alabama Photo courtesy of Alabama Tourism Department Ted Denson

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