Birmingham joins Paris, Chicago, Hong Kong, Mexico City and Munich as places a popular travel guide said travelers should visit this fall.
Fodor’s had Birmingham among five U.S. cities on its list of “14 Best Places to Go This Fall,” joining Miami, Chicago and two Portlands (Maine and Oregon).
The 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement milestones in the Magic City were among the reasons for Birmingham making the list. From Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to next week’s Jazz Festival and Civil Rights Film Festival were cited along with photographer Dawoud Bey’s exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art dedicated to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
Fodor’s encourages visitors to stay at the new Westin hotel at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex and dine at the Todd English P.U.B. at the Uptown entertainment district.
Todd English P.U.B. restaurant and bar in the BJCC’™s new entertainment district, Uptown, is mentioned by Fodor’s list of places to visit this fall in Birmingham. (Tamika Moore | email@example.com)
“Reflect on the city’s legacy at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve,” the Fodor’s list said of Birmingham. “With more than 1,000 acres of greenery, it is one of the largest urban parks in the country. The summit of the Red Mountain overpass has broad views of downtown Birmingham.”
Guiding tourists here this fall is something Birmingham Mayor William Bell said he can get onboard with.
“We are excited to be included in this list as one of only five U.S. cities,” Bell said in a release. “We want the world to know that Birmingham is ready to welcome visitors from around the world as we commemorate 50YearsForward.”
Tourism plays a major role in economic development efforts, Fred McCallum chief executive of AT&T Alabama and chairman of the Birmingham Business Alliance, said.
“I have several Fodor’s guidebooks on my bookshelf from the many years I’ve been traveling,” McCallum said in a BBA release. “This is significant that it has chosen Birmingham as a top destination in the world.”
Jim Smither, president of the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, agreed.
“Fodor’s is one of the most well-respected travel guides in the world,” he said. “Birmingham being one of its top 14 destinations in the world is an extraordinary recognition.”
Al Denson, chief executive of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, hopes the nod from Fodor’s will drive traffic there.
“Birmingham being named a fall destination in Fodor’s is a very positive signal of all the great synergy in our wonderful city,” Denson said. We are “the front porch to a resilient city and community. We look forward to welcoming our guests with a new facility, great local flavors and Southern Hospitality.”