Whose ready for a road trip?? Elle Danielle gave us the inside scoop on how to have the perfect trip to Birmingham whether you’re looking for a quick day trip or a weekend getaway. Only a short drive away, Birmingham is the go-to destination this summer!
Birmingham is an easy day trip from Nashville and a great place to spend a weekend. In the 5+ years that I’ve lived in Nashville, it has grown a lot — here are a mix of my old favorites and a few new ones to enjoy the next time you need a day away.
A Saturday in a different city always starts with brunch, and Birmingham has plenty to offer. Mexican food is always a good idea in my book, and El Barrio on 2nd Avenue North offers an upscale version of all of your favorites. Italian food is a close second, and Trattoria zaza will not disappoint. Both restaurants offer outdoor seating options, allowing you to take in downtown Birmingham.
If you’ve dressed nicely for brunch and want to grab a few photos on your phone, visit Historic Morris Avenue, just a few blocks away. Morris Avenue is a cobblestone street that runs for several blocks and is a favorite of local photographers. It’s also home to The Alabama Peanut Company, which offers countless flavors of roasted and boiled peanuts.
Plan for an early check-in at your hotel, so that you can change into something more comfortable and get back out into the city. I recommend The Westin Hotel in the Birmingham Entertainment District, the Grand Bohemian Hotel, across the street from the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, or the newly renovated Redmont Hotel. Once you’ve changed, visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum. Timed tickets are required and the last admission is at 2:00 p.m., so be sure to plan ahead.
After the museum, get some fresh air at Railroad Park, a unique green space in the heart of the city. A visit to the park will also give you a chance to see the Black Lives Matter street painting on First Avenue South. While you’re there, grab a donut from Hero Donuts before heading back to your hotel.
After sunset, you’ll want to head to Lakeview District to visit all of the venues offering live music and drinks. For dinner, I recommend the Soul Pie at Slice, an incredibly special pizza topped with turnip greens, black-eyed peas, Conecuh sausage, grilled red onions, and bacon. It’s unlike any pizza you’ve ever had!
On my drive back, I always stop at Whataburger on exit 267!
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