Chances are, if you’re visiting western Alabama, then you’re probably visiting Tuscaloosa. And if you’re visiting Tuscaloosa, then you’re probably gearing up to watch a Crimson Tide football game. In fact, more than 785,000 people attended Crimson Tide football games at Bryant-Denny Stadium last year, marking it the top sports destination in all of Alabama (beating Talladega Superspeedway by more than 350,000 people).
But there is so much more to Tuscaloosa than tailgates, fresh turf and Roll Tide. Here we’ve captured some of our favorite places to eat, drink and explore—many of which still have crimson-colored flair.