48 hours in Birmingham

How To Spend 48 Hours In Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham is a growing and unexpected Southern destination. Which is likely why so many people and companies are moving to the city.

With 48 hours in Birmingham, experience the best of what the city has to offer. From antique stores and breweries to local artists and Southern restaurants, you’ll find the city is actually quite fun.

48 Hours in Birmingham, Alabama

Friday Afternoon

Pull into Birmingham, Alabama and make your way to the Elyton Hotel. The beautiful, modern hotel is located right in the middle of town, so the location cannot be beaten. After freshening up, head out to shop around the city. One of the best antique shops in the city is Avondale Antiques, which is home to tons of great mid-century modern pieces.

After stretching your legs and walking a bit, head to dinner. Try Roots&Revlery for locally sourced dishes or head to The Pizitz Food Hall for a wide range of choices.

48 hours in Birmingham


Enjoy a morning of sleeping in before heading out for an active morning. Visit the Vulcan and learn a little bit about the statue that overlooks the city. Then head to Ruffner Mountain for a hike for a bit of exercise. After so much rich, Southern fare, you’ll welcome the workout.

Reward yourself with a delicious local brew at Cahaba Brewing Company afterward. You might even find live music or a local market taking place inside the tasting room. Catch a ride to Highland’s Bar and Grill for dinner after a few libations.

48 hours in Birmingham

Sunday Morning

Rise early and check out of the hotel for one last incredible Southern breakfast. Make your way to Big Bad Breakfast for anything from chicken and waffles to biscuits and gravy. It’s a popular joint that will leave you stuffed until you get where you’re going. And don’t forget to order a Breakfast Margarita–it’s always a hit.

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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