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Located in the southern part of the United States, Alabama is the nation's 30th largest state by area. Its name meaning "tribal town" is derived from the local Creek Indian language.
Alabama has 67 counties and Montgomery is the State Capital. Spread over 52,423 square miles, the estimated population in 2006 is close to 4.6 million.
Alabama State is conveniently divided into four regions, namely, North Alabama or Mountains Region, Central Alabama or Metropolitan Region, Southeast Alabama or River Heritage Region and the Gulf Coast. The terrain, climate and natural resources at each of these regions are diverse and hence the state in its totality offers a 'complete package' for tourists.
Northern Alabama is home to a wealth of natural supplies and historic attractions. The splendid mountain ranges, sparkling lakes and stunning waterfalls offer a host of outdoor activities. While the locations rooted in history, like those in Florence and Huntsville, offer insight into the glorious past of the State. Central Alabama has major urban destinations, including Alabama's largest city, Birmingham. Anniston and Gadsden are the other extensively modernized cities with ample attractions and events.
Southeast Alabama is home to Montgomery and the attractive Capitol building while numerous historical destinations and museums are scattered all across the region. The natural beauty coupled with the cultural richness makes this part of Alabama a must-visit. Southern Alabama or Gulf Coast is the land of sparkling beaches and one of the most popular vacationing destinations.
Alabama shares its border with four neighboring states namely Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Summers are scorching and winters are mild, but spring and fall are the best times to visit this wonderful state.