Birmingham truly is the secret of the South. It’s quite fitting that it is known as “The Magic City.”
If you are not from Birmingham, get ready for the surprise of your life. Birmingham often gets overlooked when it comes absolutely amazing cities. That’s a shame because it truly is one of the sweetest, prettiest, most lovely cities, not just in the South, but in the entire country. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful place with rolling hills, Wisteria-dripped highways, and trees every two steps. There are parks and walking trails all over town. Birmingham boasts everything you’d want in a big city – from shopping and dining to night-life and museums. With that, it’s also an easy city where your pharmacist and local cleaners know you by name and people always stop to say hello.
The largest city in the state, you’ll find that Birmingham merges the amenities of a booming metropolis (think awesome shopping, theater, and restaurants) with the ease and friendliness of a small town. Between famous dining (James Beard Award winner Highlands Bar & Grill) and a world-renowned museum (The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum), Birmingham is making a name for itself.
Situated atop Shades Mountain, Vestavia Hills overlooks Shades Valley to the north and the remaining Appalachian foothills to the south. It lies about 5 miles south of downtown Birmingham, making it an adjacent municipality. Vestavia Hills began as a planned community after World War II. Today, this suburb of the city of Birmingham, claims a population of roughly 34,000.