When it is time to get out of Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham residents with a fast and fuel-efficient car have the option of undertaking 500-mile road trips leading them to Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Charleston. What is there to do after an eight-hour drive?
Indianapolis: 480 Miles away
Famous for its art museums and the Motor Speedway, Indianapolis receives less attention for its thriving blues scene. A destination you simply cannot pass up is the Slippery Noodle Inn on 372 South Meridian Street. It has the distinction of being the state’s oldest bar and contemporary blues music hot spot. Take advantage of the bar’s relationship with the nearby Hampton Inn — it is just up the street on 105 South Meridian Street. Enjoy a pub dinner menu at the Slippery Noodle. Chili nachos and a steak salad are just two of the menu items patrons gobble up. Before heading back to Birmingham, plan to have a hearty meal at the St. Elmo Steak House located at 127 South Illinois Street. The Indiana Amish chicken is served with navy bean soup or tomato juice, green beans or potatoes.
Charleston: 463.2 Miles away
The world-famous South Carolina Aquarium is located at 100 Aquarium Wharf in Charleston. A premier destination if your road trip includes marine life lovers, this venue is instrumental in sea turtle rescue operations. Due to a relationship with various organizations in the area, visitors who stay at the Harbourview Inn may receive discounted aquarium tickets. The boutique hotel is located at 2 Vendue Range. Take pleasure in a well-deserved evening meal aboard a Spirit Line Cruise ship for a dinner cruise. The three-hour harbor tour boards at 6:30 p.m. and departs from the Patriots Point Maritime Museum docks. After a hearty breakfast served the next morning in the Atrium Lobby of the hotel, it is time to head back to Birmingham.
Jacksonville: 450.6 Miles away
If Jacksonville is on your list of road trip getaways that involve the whole family, then Adventure Landing has to be part of the itinerary. Located at 4825 Blanding Boulevard, this venue offers miniature golf, laser tag, go-cart racing and arcade fun. About a mile away — on 7071 103rd Street — is the Hospitality Inn. What sets apart this place from other local hotels is the availability of barbecue grills. Why not stay in and have a delicious barbecue meal for dinner? A complimentary continental breakfast starts the next morning on the right foot. As 500-mile road trips go, this one is by far the most inexpensive.