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Gruber Reisen

Lufthansa City Center

Telephone: +43 316 / 70896225
Fax:
+43 316 / 70896229
Email:
iata@gruberreisen.at

Kaiserfeldgasse 11,
8010 Graz
Austria

Kira from our IATA-Team was traveling with Lufthansa to the Southern States of the USA and returned home absolutely thrilled! The spectrum of her journey ranges from magnificent, pillared residential buildings from the period before the Civil War to museums about space travel and motorsports.
Even though we only visited two states, one thing quickly became clear to us: the southern states are more than just manifold! The contrast to the metropolis of Atlanta, was the second part of our journey - Alabama - a state to unwind, away from the hustle and bustle, with a kindness as you rarely find it.

Atlanta, Georgia: Capital of the New South

Atlanta welcomed us with summery temperatures! The entry to the USA was done within 20 minutes at the airport. Far more patience we need on the way through the rush hour to the hotel. No wonder that more and more people in Atlanta are changing from the car to MARTA, the public transport system, or taking long journeys by bike or on foot via the Beltline.

There is something for everyone in Atlanta, as shown by our visit to the Centennial Olympic Park. Here are four top attractions: the World of Coca Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN and the Center of Civil and Human Rights.

Birmingham, Alabama: history, culture and adventure

Our route first led to Birmingham, the largest city in the heart of Alabama. Here we got on a journey into the 1960s while we were escorted through the Civil Rights District by a local. Another highlight was the Peddal Tour, where we cycled from brewhouse to pub to BBQ and tasted us through the diverse beer variations of the southern states.

A must for all motorsport fans is the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which features over 1,200 historic and modern motorcycles and race cars, the oldest of them dates back to 1904.
If you are looking for a hotel in Birmingham, we recommend The Tutwiler Hotel.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama: Where Music history was written

For music fans an absolutely top highlight! In addition to the legendary studio of FAME with stories about Aretha Franklin and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, where the Rolling Stones, Cher, Rod Stewart and many others recorded their hits, Muscle Shoals also has a lot of other things to offer.

Not only music has its roots here, also Tom's Wall tells a moving story of a young nativ woman who was expelled from her homeland to Oklahoma and found her own way back to the Singing River (Tennessee River) by foot.

Another insider tip is Ivy Greens, where the deaf-blind Helen Keller, with the help of her tireless teacher Anne Sullivan, learned to speak and write and later became a national author.

My Personal Tip for Muscle Shoals: The Champy's Chicken - a typical southern pub, mostly with live music!

Huntsville, Alabama: a journey into space

Huntsville impressed primarily by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, where back than the rockets were developed, which the humans first flew to the moon. A great experience for the whole family.

The Huntsville Botanical Garden is also worth a visit - including the largest outdoor butterfly house in the United States.

One of Huntsville's most charming addresses is 124 Southside Square. Here you will find the Harrison Brothers Hardware Store, a shop whose furnishings and assortment invite you to travel back in time to the 1950s - worth a visit!

Huntsville also delights through the Twickenham Historic District, with its numerous Antebellum mansions, and a truly authentic Southern flair.

My breakfast tip in Huntsville: the Blue Plate Café - here you can get everything your heart desires!