Alabama Bucket List: South

The second installment in the Alabama Bucket List series focuses on the Southern regions, including the major city of Montgomery. With two somewhat larger cities on the list, this list is a bit more lengthy than the first! All information has been gathered from the 2018 Travel Guide.


  • Johnston Peanut Butter Mill: This mill opened in 1929 to pump out jars and jars of a Great Depression staple. Since then it has opened as a museum.


  • Gaineswood National Historic Landmark: This is a huge plantation house built around the Civil War. When in the south, you best visit a plantation!


  • Dr. George Washington Carver Monument: Come pay homage to the peanut man!
  • George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum: We’ve visited his National monument in Missouri where he grew up, but it would be fun to see a museum in the area where he studied!
  • Peanuts Around Town: I love finding random city art!
  • World’s Smallest City Block: Seems like a fun roadside oddity to explore.


  • Boll Weevil Monument: A landmark to show appreciation to the “pest” who helped agriculture.


  • “A Celebration of Reading” Sculpture: This sculpture was put up to honor Alabama’s Literary Capital.
  • Monroeville Birdhouse Trail: As the home of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, these large birdhouses have been placed all over the county.


  • Alabama State Capitol: Another capitol building to check off our list!
  • Civil Rights Memorial Center: Alabama is bursting with Civil Rights museums and this seems like a good place to start.
  • The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and Parsonage Museum: This is where MLK Jr. spent time in the 1950’s.
  • First White House of the Confederacy: It’s always good to check out the “other” side of the war.
  • Rosa Parks Museum: A museum that pays tribute to the woman who is often given credit for starting the Civil Rights movement.
  • Freedom Rides Museum: A great way to learn more about the Freedom Ride movement.
  • Chris’ Hot Dogs: I don’t normally include restaurants on the list, but seeing as how it’s Montgomery’s oldest family owned restaurant, I’m guessing it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
  • Museum of Alabama: I always like to check out state museums to give me an overview of the area.
  • Hank Williams Museum/Memorial Gravesite: Growing up listening to country music, I feel like this would probably be worth exploring.
  • Hyundai Motor Manufacturing: A free car factory tour? Sign me up!
  • Montgomery Zoo: I’m sure this would be well worth looking into!
  • The Mooseum: A museum about Alabama cattle industry.


  • Cooter’s Pond Park/See, Pick, and Eat Nut Grove: I think a nut grove sounds fascinating, even if I don’t care for nuts myself!
  • Wilderness Park/Bamboo Forest: I’m intrigued by a bamboo forest in Alabama!


  • Ancient Africa Enslavement and Civil War Museum: I think it’s neat that this museum starts way back at the enslavement portion of what became the Civil Rights Movement.
  • MLK Jr. Street Historic Walking Tour: I’m sure there would be lots of interesting tidbits to learn on this tour.
  • National Voting Rights Museum and Institute: I’d never thought much about this topic, but I bet the museum would be interesting.

St. Stephens

  • St. Stephens Historical Park: St. Stephens was once the easternmost city in the Mississippi Territory.


  • Confederate Officers Quarters: I think it would be interesting to see where the confederate superiors stayed.
  • Tallassee Confederate Armory: This is the only Confederate armory that survived the war.


  • Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site: A NPS site that celebrates African American airmen.
  • Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site: Visit the institute the Booker T. Washington created and where George Washington Carver taught.

Phew! What a list! Clearly we need a trip to Alabama ASAP!



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