More often than not, visitors'
first encounter with Talladega, Alabama, comes via the sports
world: NASCAR to be exact. As home to Talladega Superpeedway,
this city hosts two of NASCAR's biggest Winston Cup races each
year: the Aaron's 499 in the spring and the EA SPORTS 500 in the
fall. However, the track also hosts events in the NASCAR Busch
Series, the True Value IROC series and ARCA series. Talladega
Superspeedway is also open to the public for tours. Come see for
yourself what 33-degree banking feels like!
Located adjacent to Talladega Superpeedway, the
International Motorsports Hall of Fame invites
guests to revisit the people and vehicles that made motorsports
Another race fan highlight can be found in downtown
Talladega. Situated just off the square, the Talladega-Texaco
Walk of Fame Davey Allison Memorial Park pays tribute
to the late Davey Allison as well as the fans' favorite. The highlight
of the park is a sidewalk shaped like Talladega Superspeedway.
But this historical Southern
town offers more than breathtaking speed and heart-stopping side-by-side
racing. Those visitors wanting a slower pace of life can find
it at Cheaha State Park. For the best view of
Alabama, head to the top of Cheaha Mountain. At 2,407 feet, it
easily is the highest point in the state.
Another not-to-miss natural wonder is DeSoto
Caverns Park. Featuring beautiful onyx formations, ancient
Indian burial grounds, and a spectacular laser, sound and light
show, this park will keep visitors occupied for hours. A must
on every to-do list is the guided cave tour. Larger than a football
field and higher than a 12-story building, the cave will mesmerize
and bewitch all who see it.
Looking for a little bit of cultural entertainment?
Then make sure to visit Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall.
This museum and cultural center is dedicated to the preservation
and interpretation of the social and cultural history of Talladega
and its surrounding area.
For more interactive entertainment head to
the Historic Talladega Ritz Theatre in Talladega.
Housed in one of the nation's most unique art deco landmark theatres,
the theatre is a wonderful historical site. Throughout separate
spring and fall seasons, the theatre hosts world-class performances
in music, dance, theater and comedy. In fact, many Broadway-bound
productions have included the Ritz Theatre on their schedule.