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Water Works

In 12 years, the Alabama Scenic River Trails have developed into the longest river trail within one state — 5,300 miles. As tourism infrastructure, it has grown from eight outfitter companies to over 50 — some 300 employees helping to launch and serve paddlers.

Back Forty Beer Taps Historic Sloss Venue

Ten years after becoming one of the earliest breweries in the state of Alabama, Gadsden’s Back Forty Beer Co. has expanded for the first time.

Alabama Gold Assayed

Paul Wellborn is having a go at exploration up on Hog Mountain. It’s the closest Alabama has come to rekindling the great Chilton County Gold Rush. Just don’t tell the weekenders ganging up at Gold Camp in Cragford.

What’s in a Name?

Millions of dollars a year, if that name is “Alabama”

5 Reasons to Visit Hotel Indigo in Five Points

Hotel Indigo, Birmingham’s latest hospitality jewel, opened in April in the city’s original entertainment district, historic Five Points South.

Battle of the Food Truck All Stars

When Vonda Patterson started bringing her Rollin Lobstah Food Truck to downtown Huntsville’s monthly street food gatherings in 2014, the events...

Alabama Tourism Honey Hole

In its fourth year, the Alabama Bass Trail has grown into a Southeastern regional tournament bulging at the seams — drawing 900 anglers for nine months of weekend competition.

Ezell’s Catfish on the River

Ezell’s became a restaurant in the 1950s, but its history goes back to riverboats and fish fries on the hunting camp lawn.

Taking Care of the Tide

Hotel Capstone is the longtime, game-weekend home for the Alabama football team.

How to Assemble a Destination Eatery

Opening a beach town restaurant on a summer holiday makes a memorable Memorial Day. The crew of Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina will never...

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Decatur Students Get Hands on Lunar Rover

Students from areas including design drafting, machine tool and welding will work on the project through the end of the fall semester.

Roads and Politics

A permanent solution for dried up road funding includes a gasoline tax increase. But the spark of public support is essential.