ICMRSLL Regional Attractions
We’re thrilled to be hosting the 16th ICMRSLL right here in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. We hope you enjoy the rich history of this place while you’re with us. Take a walk in the Arboretum and then grab a bite at the original Dreamland, or take a stroll along the River Walk and then pick from any of the great restaurants downtown. Traveling with kids? Cool off outside at Hurricane Creek or inside at the Children’s Hands-On Museum. We hope you enjoy your stay!
Though it’s the youngest of Alabama’s major cities, Birmingham boomed so quickly it became known as Magic City. Today, it’s the most populated city in Alabama and its art, history, and cuisine make it a must-see of the Southeast. Kids can have fun and learn at McWane Science Center. Everyone can learn more about Birmingham’s role in the civil rights movement by visiting the Civil Rights Institute (open everyday except Monday), or take a walk through Linn Park. On your way through, don’t miss out on the Birmingham Museum of Art or the Botanical Gardens– admission is always free!
One of the great cities of the southeast, Atlanta really has it all: from James Beard Award-winning restaurants to world-renowned museums. Home of the Coca-Cola museum and one of the best aquariums in the country, finding something everyone can agree on should be a snap. With over twenty neighborhoods making up Atlanta, you’re sure to find your part of town. Make your way to the High Museum [insert a note about what show/exhibit they have going on at the time of the conference] or catch a show at the Tabernacle. Local favorites, like Little Five Points, or the Lake Claire Community Land Trust are great for spending an afternoon!
Music City! The Athens of the South! Whatever you call it, Nashville is a must-see. Though it’s known as the heart of country music, a recent NPR special hailed Nashville as a jazz-scene to watch out for. Catch a show while you’re visiting, or stroll by the many renowned music venues. Spend an afternoon Frist Center for the Visual Arts and enjoy fixed and rotating exhibits (plus, a child-artist gallery)! Nashville is renowned for its varied cuisine, but don’t miss out on the authentic “Nashville Hot Chicken” at Prince’s or Bolton’s.
Chattanooga is one of those cities that feels like a perfect distance from everywhere. Home to Ruby Falls and Rock City, Chattanooga has wonder to spare. Kids and adults alike will love the Tennessee Aquarium! Park by the river and spend the afternoon on Frazier Avenue, or go for a cooler option and visit the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Blue Ridge Mountains
Worth the trip for the drive alone, the Blue Ridge Mountains have so much to offer. Asheville is an arts hub of Appalachia, and home to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans. Franklin, NC is one of the best hiking towns in the Southeast and is home to the Scottish Tartans Museum. Charlotte, NC and Roanoke, VA are great cities to stay a few days after your flight!
Drive down a ways and enjoy the wonder of the Gulf Coast. On your way, make a visit to Monroeville, home of Harper Lee and an official stop on the Civil Rights Trail. Spend a while in Mobile, once called the Paris of the South, and enjoy all the tastes and sounds. Catch a show at the Saenger Theatre or the Mobile Ballet, or stroll through the many studios downtown. You could spend a year in New Orleans and still not see it all, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! With over 1,400 restaurants, you’re bound to find something for everyone. Don’t miss out on NOMA, and explore more than the French Quarter!