From peaks, to (water) falls, civil rights history and music history, city-center experiences and NASCAR -- Alabama really has something to offer every traveler. Gather some ideas for your Alabama road trip here.
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Northern Alabama Tour
Natural wonders and science abound in Northern Alabama where the southern Appalachians stretch across this portion of the state. It's where some of music's biggest stars were born and where others were made recording their hits in the local studios. Here you can gaze up at the cosmos from scenic vistas or learn from those who've actually been there themselves at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.
Natural wonders are abundant including the Noccalula Falls, Coosa River, the Rainbow Mountain Nature Preserve, the Wheeler National Wild life Refuge, Limestone Caves, Stephens Gap, the TVA Muscle Shoals Trails.
• Bankhead & Sipsey Wilderness
• Chandler Mountain & Locust Fork
• Huntsville & Decatur
• Lake Guntersville Area
• Lookout Mountain
• The Shoals
Central Alabama Tour
Start out in Birmingham, the state's largest city. Complete with nightlife, shopping, dining . . . there's something for everyone here and it's a great hub for visiting other parts of the state.
The central region of Alabama is also home to the Tide in Tuscaloosa and the Talladega Superspeedway, NASCARs longest track. This beautiful portion of the state is well-known to fans of the Auburn Tigers, but it's also a must-stop destination for those who love literature and history. The Talladega National Forest, DeSoto Caverns, Lake Howard and Cheaha Mountain attract nature lovers from across the region.
• Birmingham & Tuscaloosa
• Cahaba & Oakmulgee
• Lake Martin & Horseshoe Bend
• Mount Cheaha & Talladega
• The Piedmont
• Tombigbee River Valley
Southern Alabama Tour
Visit the area that inspired Harper Lee as she wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird" and stop by the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery. Learn more about he Civil Rights Movement and how it changed the world. Multiple key locations along the Civil Rights Trail can be found here.
• Lake Eufaula & The Red Hills
• Monroeville & Gee's Bend
• Montgomery & Selma
• The Conecuh
• The Wiregrass
• Tombigbee River Valley
• Tuskegee & Phenix CityGulf
Civil Rights Trail
Alabama was central to the formation of the Civil Rights Movement in the U. S.. Historic events transformed ordinary citizens such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Fred Shuttlesworth, Ralph Abernathy, Fred Gray and others into legends for the ages. Churches where leaders planned these protests are today recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Site program.
Gulf Coast Tour
Sugar-white sand. Warm, turquoise water. The freshest seafood imaginable. This area has everything you want in a beach experience. But there’s more to do here than just squish the soft sand between your toes. Beautiful Mobile sits on the bay with its incredible architecture and deep history, and golf is everywhere down here, including some of the most scenic and challenging courses in the country.