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Alabama Civil Rights Trail – Edmund Pettis Bridge, Experience Givers & 16th Ave Church

I’m really excited to interview Mira Temkin of Mira Temkin Travel about the Alabama Civil Rights Trail. Mira’s tips for the best things to do along the Civil Rights Trail are awesome because she has been writing about the U.S. Civil Rights Trail since its inception in 2018. Mira recently had the opportunity to visit the Alabama historical sites along the trail, and she wanted to share her experiences with my listeners.

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Alabama Civil Rights Trail - Mira Temkin - Monroeville play of To Kill a Mockingbird

Monroeville hosts a play that recreates the scenes from “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Alabama Civil Rights Trail

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out The Alabama Tourism Department, which has a 3-day Civil Rights Trail to follow. You can also learn more information at the US Civil Rights Trail website. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.


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Alabama Civil Rights Trail - Mira Temkin - Civil Rights activist Jo Ann Bland and Mira in Selma Alabama

Mira had a chance to listen to Civil Rights activist Jo Ann Bland speak in Selma, Alabama.

Getting around the Alabama Civil Rights Trail

To visit the Alabama Civil Rights trail, your best options are to fly to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHX). You can also fly to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), which might have more options and lower-priced flights since it is a much larger airport with more direct flights from across the country. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.


Because the trail is spread across the state, you’ll need a car to visit all of the historical landmarks. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

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Alabama Civil Rights Trail - Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham

A statue in Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Mira Temkin about the Alabama Civil Rights Trail. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Green dots = Stops to see along the Alabama Civil Rights Trail

Who is Mira Temkin?

With more than 20 years of travel writing under her blingy belt, Mira Temkin understands the expectations of the leisure traveler and writes to those expectations. From destinations to tours to cruises and luxury resorts, her articles cover the world: across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Central America, South America, and Europe.

She writes for UrbanMatter, Travel Awaits, Orbitz, Travelocity, and Splash Magazines Worldwide, which reach a variety of demographics. Her work has also appeared in East-West News Service, Sophisticated Living – Columbus, Up Portland, Food/Wine/Travel, DeSoto Magazine, Boomer Magazine, Highland Park Landmark, JUF News, Modern Jewish Experience, Senior Skiing, Travel Ticket, and more.

Alabama Civil Rights Trail - Mira Temkin

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Mira on her website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Alabama Civil Rights Trail - Mira Temkin crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge

Mira crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

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Alabama Civil Rights Trail - Tuskegee Airmen Museum

Visit the Tuskegee Airmen Museum to learn how these African American troops contributed to the U.S. victory in World War II.

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