The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Oxmoor Valley 100 SunBelt Parkway 205-942-1177 rtjgolf.com/oxmoorvalley BIRMINGHAM

Carved from the foothills of the Appalachians, the Oxmoor Valley course offers 54 holes of premier golf that are just as beautiful as they are challeng- ing. Try your hand at the Ridge Course and the Valley Course if you're looking for rolling fair- ways and picturesque scenery, or give the Short Course a go for a collection of formidable one-shotters. Man, I tell you what. The RTJ Trail is a national treasure, and if you don't get out there and play a round, you're missing out." Roy S.

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge 4000 Grand Ave 205-949-3085 rtjgolf.com/rossbridge HOOVER

Ross Bridge is one of the newest additions to Alabama s famed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Designed by Robert Ruhlwich and Bobby Vaughan to be a showplace suited as a championship venue, Ross Bridge offers 8,191 yards of amazing golf. The Oxmoor

Course is challenging yet invit- ing to golfers of all skill levels. One of the Top 50 19th holes in the country, one of the top golf resorts in the country, and it s a four diamond award winner, need we say more? It is IN and it is in BirmINgham. Bill L.

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve 1214 81st St S 205-833-8264 ruffnermountain.org BIRMINGHAM

Located just a few minutes from downtown Birmingham, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center offers a 1,011-acre forested urban nature center and wildlife habitat com- plete with educational programs, weekend activities and over 11 miles of footpaths for hiking and birding. Known as a natural oasis in the heart of the city, the nature center is dedicated to preservation, education and recreation for everyone. One of the best-kept secrets in all of Birmingham. From the views of the area, to the green space and wildlife, it s an educational delight. Steven C.

Sloss Furnaces 20 32nd St N 205-324-1911 slossfurnaces.com BIRMINGHAM

As a producer of pig iron for almost 90 years, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark played a major role in the indus- trial heritage of our city and our

nation. The restored structures are a magnificent tribute to Bir- mingham s mineral-rich begin- nings and great industrial past and are host today to guided tours, festivals, private events, musical acts and even metal arts classes. I love Sloss Furnaces because my husband and I were married there. It s an incredible venue filled with a rich history. Karla W.

Southern Museum of Flight 4343 73rd St N 205-833-8226 southernmuseumofflight.org BIRMINGHAM

Visit a world of vintage aircraft, awesome engines, world-class models and legendary aviation pioneers when you explore the South s aviation history at the Southern Museum of Flight. Also home to the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame. The Southern Museum of Flight is one of the best aviation museums in the Southeast. Interesting exhibits such as the Tuskegee Airmen, with three of their training aircraft, the Korean War exhibit, as well as the B-25 recovered from Lake Murray in South Carolina. Herb R.