VOTE NOW: 5 Alabama Destinations up for USA Today Reader’s Choice awards

Gulf Shores
The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is made up of 26 trails. (Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism)

The reigning champion of USA Today’s ‘Top Recreational Trail in the Country’ is right here in Alabama – and you can help to keep it that way again this year. Plus – several destinations & cities in Alabama were nominated for top honors. We’ll let you know which spots USA Today editors liked enough to vote ‘Top 20’, how to vote and when you’ll find out the winners.

Top Recreational Trail: Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail in Baldwin Co.

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The Rosemary Dunes are also part of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. (Outdoor Alabama)

For the second year in a row, the Baldwin County Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail was nominated as ‘Top Recreational Trail in the Nation’. Connecting Alabama’s coastline through 26 trails over 9 unique ecosystems, the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex goes through butterfly gardens, wildflower patches + coast amenities like pavilions.

Cast your vote for the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail HERE

Best City Park: Railroad Park in Birmingham

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Railroad Park was nominated for ‘Best City Park’ by USA Today. (The Bama Buzz)

Known as ‘Birmingham’s Living Room’, Railroad Park is up for ‘Best City Park’.

Cast your vote for Railroad Park HERE

Best Small Town in the South: Gulf Shores + Alexander City

Not one but TWO Alabama towns are among 20 nominees for ‘Best Small Town in the South’Gulf Shores and Alexander City.

Vote for Gulf Shores HERE.

Vote for Alexander City HERE.

Best Small Coastal Town: Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is nominated in two categories.

Cast your vote for Gulf Shores as ‘Best Small Coastal Town’ HERE.

Best Small Town Cultural Scene: Cullman

2023 Cullman Christkindlmarkt, the South’s largest and most authentic German-inspired Christmas market (Pat Byington / The Bama Buzz)

Known for its gigantic Christmas market, Cullman earned a nod for ‘Best Small Town Cultural Scene’ by USA Today editors.

Cast your vote for Cullman HERE

Best Small Town Food Scene: Orange Beach

Shrimp Fest
Eat big at the Shrimp Festival. (Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism)

With delicious, Gulf-caught seafood available at every corner of the beach, it’s no wonder Orange Beach is up for ‘Best Small Town Food Scene.’

Vote for Orange Beach HERE

How to vote

You can vote once per category, per date. So go ahead and set that daily reminder and let USA Today know Alabamians are proud of all our state has to offer! You can find all nominees in all categories here.

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Liv George
Liv George

A Georgia native soaking up the sun on the Gulf Coast. Lover of Mardi Gras, beach days, and historical sites.

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