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Birmingham, birthed by the steel and iron industry and remembered for its past civil rights struggles, has become a diverse Southern gem. Today's Birmingham offers visitors a bountiful mix of award-winning dining, antique shopping, art galleries, outdoor fun and historic sites. Every year, independent filmmakers and cinema lovers flock to Alabama's largest city to enjoy the Sidewalk Film Festival. Movie buffs will also fall in love with the stately Alabama Theatre, a rare 1920s-era movie palace that is still operating. Must-see sites include the 56-foot-tall Vulcan statue perched atop Red Mountain, which offers breathtaking views of the skyline; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which documents the city's role in the 1960s national movement; the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's championship-caliber courses; and the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which houses the world's largest collection of motorcycles.