This is a place rich with history that shaped much of America as we know it, from the Civil War to civil rights. Two major universities can be found here (the Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers are some of the proudest college fans in the country) and it's serves up some of the best down-home seafood in the South. One of the most notable things about Alabama: its diverse landscape. Almost tropical along the Gulf Coast, it turns urban toward mid-state and mountainous in the north. Along the easternmost side is the River Heritage area, home to Montgomery and Auburn. The good news? This state isn't that big - and it's a ton of fun to drive your Alabama rental car through.