At the Moundville Archaeological Park, the name says it all. 26 prehistoric mounds presumably made by Southeastern Indians have been preserved within the limits of this 320-acre park. After a tour of the pyramidal sites, and hearing interpretations about what the mounds meant to the people who left them behind, visitors can investigate a reconstructed Indian village and mound temple.
One of the most inspirational places in Alabama is the childhood home of Helen Keller. Built in 1820 by Keller's grandfather, the woman who would conquer blindness and deafness grew up on this Tuscumbia plantation known as the Ivy House. The Miracle Worker, the play based on Keller's childhood relationship with tutor Anne Sullivan, is reenacted on the grounds each summer.