As the old saying goes, “If you’re going to do something, do it well.” Alabama is responsible for many great things. From festivals to food, and sports to literature, here are 11 things Alabama is number one at:
1. College Football
Alabama is home to the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide, the #1 college football team in the nation.
2. Building rockets.
Alabama built the first rocket (Saturn V) that put humans on the moon.
No matter what others say, the best barbecue you'll ever eat is right here in Alabama.
4. Celebrating Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras may be heavily celebrated in New Orleans, but in 1703, Alabama (Mobile) was the first U.S. state to celebrate it, which was 15 years before it was celebrated in Louisiana.
5. Potato Chips
Birmingham, Alabama is home to Golden Flake, the maker of the #1 (in my opinion) potato chip.
Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is the number one golf trail in the state, and it's one of the most popular golf destinations in the world.
7. Southern Literature
To Kill a Mocking Bird, one of the best-selling books of all time, was written by Alabama's very own Harper Lee.
8. Down Home Country Cooking
When it comes to down home country cooking, Alabama has everyone else beat. Then again, was there any doubt?
9. Producing iron and steel.
Alabama is the only U.S. state with all major natural resources to produce iron and steel.
10. Growing peanuts.
Dothan, Alabama is best known as the "Peanut Capital of the World." Dothan is also home to the nation's largest peanut festival.
11. Southern Hospitality
Without a doubt, Alabama ranks #1 when it comes to Southern hospitality. You won't find better Southern hospitality anywhere else.