Birmingham was a bit out of the way for me. Truth be told, it would have made more sense for me to head directly south from Little River Canyon, and perhaps spend the night somewhere near Talladega, Alabama. But, I was looking forward to meeting a friend for dinner, so I detoured into the city for the night.
The extra driving time, plus dinner, left me with no time to explore Birmingham, or take any pictures. So, you'll have to be happy with this time-lapse dash-cam video of the drive into Birmingham on Interstate 59, to my motel on Interstate 65 at Oxmoor Boulevard, then out of Birmingham eastbound on Interstate 20.
So what did I miss in Birmingham? I think I would have enjoyed taking some pictures in downtown. From what little I saw, I got the impression that the city has a slightly rough, run-down look in places -- which can make for great photos. A friend had also recommended I check out Alabama's largest state park, Oak Mountain, near Pelham, Alabama, just south of Birmingham. Oak Mountain has a large wildlife rehabilitation center, and an elevated trail that lets you walk through the treetops.
My Alabama-native friends suggest you grab a gallon of iced tea at Milo's -- a popular fast food restaurant in Birmingham. It is delicious!
Leaving Birmingham: head east on Interstate 20.
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