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5 Best Weekend Getaways from Birmingham, Alabama within a 4-hour flight


5 Best Weekend Getaways from Birmingham, Alabama within a 4-hour flight
5 Best Weekend Getaways from Birmingham, Alabama within a 4-hour flight

Birmingham, Alabama, often referred to as the "Magic City," is a dynamic metropolis steeped in history and Southern hospitality. As the largest city in Alabama, Birmingham boasts a diverse cultural scene, with museums, theaters, and galleries showcasing the city's rich heritage and artistic talent. Visitors can explore landmarks like the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the 16th Street Baptist Church, which played pivotal roles in the Civil Rights Movement. The city's culinary scene is equally vibrant, offering a mix of traditional Southern cuisine and modern culinary delights. With its scenic parks, bustling downtown area, and friendly locals, Birmingham provides a welcoming atmosphere and a unique blend of urban amenities and Southern charm.


If you're a local and looking to escape for a weekend, keep reading. With a vast array of short domestic destinations, there are also some international destinations within reach. Here are some weekend getaway ideas for locals in the Birmingham, Alabama, area within a non-stop 4-hour flight. More importantly, these trips are all possible without having to request PTO (for you M-F 9-5'ers); it just depends on what you want to do at your destination.






Miami, Florida (MIA, FLL) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Beaches, outdoors activities, clubs, restaurants, culture. I just ask that you please please please venture out beyond Miami Beach.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Any time of the year, but best is October - February for perfect weather. Avoid the spring break crowd in late Feb/early March the best you can.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $230+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the following neighborhoods to step away from the "typical Miami": Wynwood, Brickell, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Midtown, Edgewater.






Orlando, Florida (MCO) - 1 Hour and 30 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Theme parks. Disney & Universal. Bring bug spray and an umbrella if you go during the summer. It's not my favorite city, but there's a reason why it's the #1 tourism city year after year in the US.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $490+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?






Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) - 1 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Brew pubs, art, nightlife, Mexican food.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $190+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • Walk some of the BeltLine and stop at stores, bars, and restaurants.





Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) – 1 Hour and 30 Minute Flight

Why go?

  • Diverse Cultural Attractions, Thriving Food Scene, Outdoor Activities, Sports Hub, Historical Significance, Shopping, Festivals and Events.

What to do?

When to go?

  • The best times to visit Charlotte are March–May and September–November.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $340+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL) - 2 Hour and 15 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • History, sports, cheesesteaks

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $340+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?






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Hey! I'm Jordan, a native New Yorker who is addicted to adventure travel, photography, content creation, investing, and fitness. Read on, enjoy, and Never Run Out of First Times!

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