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The Secret Is Out: People Worldwide Are Taking Notice of Birmingham


It’s difficult to be unbiased to the awesome amenities that the City of Birmingham has to offer. With all the great restaurants and cuisines that reflect the best of the south and richness in southern hospitality, other cities hold steep competition to our culture.

Well the Travel Channel has taken note as Birmingham recently landed on the list of the top 11 destinations for 2016, the only U.S. destination listed amid exotic countries such as the Philippines and Poland. See what the Travel Channel had to say below about Birmingham and the great things to expect:

“This mid-sized southern city can now claim America’s oldest baseball park (Rickwood Field) and one of the newest with Regions Field, opened in 2013. Avondale Brewery, Good People Brewing and Trim Tab Brewing have all opened over the last few years, creating a craft beer scene to go along with the city’s serious culinary talent. The James Beard Awards nominated Highlands Bar & Grill in the national, Outstanding Restaurant category this year.”

This week, the historic Lyric Theater will reopen across from the famous Alabama Theater downtown. Mae West, The Marx Brothers, Roy Rogers and Buster Keaton all found a spotlight in this vaudeville theater and after being shuttered for decades, it’s been fully restored to its former glory.

Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin said he couldn’t be more pleased about the accolades given by the Travel Channel and he is confident there will be more visitors embarking on our city.

“This is merely just the beginning of Birmingham’s venture into the national travel spotlight,” Council President Austin. “As natives of the city, we embrace the entertainment and historical amenities, and it’s great to know that our city is finally being recognized for the variety of restaurants and attractions that call the Magic City home.”

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294