Passport to the South
From Cajun dance halls to the State Fair of Texas, here are 18 Southern rites of passage to cross off your list this year.
Where: Birmingham, site of pivotal Civil Rights events.
Earn your stamp: Explore the Civil Rights Institute, a 58,000-square-foot museum with re-created scenes of a segregated Birmingham. Across the street, the 16th Street Baptist Church still holds services at 10:45 a.m. every Sunday.
When to go: September. Fiftieth anniversary events include a concert by the 16th Street Baptist Church youth choir.
Plan it now: Find info and events spanning the entire year at 50yearsforward.com, a site dedicated to the anniversary.