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Alabama: Down south in Alabama. Gardens galore, together with great golfing. Scenic countryside with moderate hills make this an enjoyable state to visit.
Internet Links attempt to provide you with links to area highlights in Mobile which began as the first capital of colonial French Louisiana in 1702. The city gained its name from the Native American Mobilian tribe that the French colonists found in the area of Mobile Bay. During its first 100 years, Mobile was a colony for France, then Britain, and lastly Spain, or Auburn which is a college town and is the home of Auburn University. It is currently the fastest-growing metropolitan area in Alabama, or Montgomery which became the state capital in 1846, representing the shift of power to the south-central area with the growth of cotton as a commodity crop of the Black Belt and Mobile's rise as a mercantile port, or Tuscaloosa where the city attracted international attention when Mercedes-Benz announced it would build its first automotive assembly plant in North America in Tuscaloosa County, the University of Alabama remains the dominant economic and cultural engine in the city, or Talladega where the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega College and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame are located nearby, or Birmingham where it`s major industries are iron and steel production, plus a major component of the railroading industry, where rails and railroad cars were both manufactured in Birmingham, or Fort Payne that houses the headquarters for the nearby Little River Canyon National Preserve, a 14,000 acres (57 km2) National Park Service facility established by Congress in 1992. The canyon itself is at Lookout Mountain outside the city limits. Another attraction based on natural resources is DeSoto State Park, a smaller facility with a lodge, restaurant, cabins, and river access areas, or Huntsville that grew across nearby hills and along the Tennessee River, adding textile mills, then munitions factories, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command nearby at the Redstone Arsenal.