Alabama isn’t usually the first place on a traveler’s wishlist, but maybe that’s what makes it such a gem. You won’t have to worry about heavy traffic and crazy spring breakers discombobulating your plans to relax when you choose Alabama as your destination.
Explore some of the best options while traveling through the Yellowhammer State. Make your trip more exciting, and make the trek by car. Just remember to be safe out on the roads alongside semi-trucks and unpredictable drivers.
Here is a brief look at some of the best places to seek out that coveted relaxation in the great state of Alabama.
For those who love spending time outdoors, DeSoto State Park and the Little River Canyon National Reserve provides miles of land and forest to explore. You can go kayaking, canoeing, climbing, biking, hiking, and camping.
You can even “glamp,” and rent one of the beautiful cabins or chalets available in the area. If you’re looking to feel like you’re in a whole other world, spend some time admiring the horizons of Fort Payne.
Gulf Shores represents the gorgeous gulf coast in all its glory. There’s no lack of things to do in the area, and the beaches are finally back to their stunning state. The BP oil spill of 2010 did a number on the natural beauty of the area, but the spill has been thoroughly cleaned.
While you’re in the area, visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Waterville USA, and a couple of world class golf courses. The nightlife in the area is also thoroughly enriching. Try visiting the Pink Tony or Flora-Bama for an amped night out.
Huntsville is exciting because it’s the home to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The famous Dr. Wernher von Braun worked in Huntsville to refine the design of the original Apollo rocket.
You and your friends/family will have the chance to see the Saturn V rocket, and you can even go to Space Camp at the facility. There’s also a robotics camp and an aviation challenge camp offered at the center.
Gadsden is a relatively small location in Alabama, but it has plenty to offer travelers looking for a beautiful place to chill. Visit Noccalula Falls, and check out the gorgeous 90-foot waterfall. The history of the area is rich with Cherokee influence, and there’s no lack of folklore to enjoy.
Another gorgeous outdoor experience can be found by visiting Cheaha State Park in the Talladega Mountains. You’ll find plenty of excellent places to set up camp, and you’ll enjoy the horizons of Mount Cheaha.
If you’re a NASCAR fan, then you already know what makes Talladega an exciting stop off. The Talladega Speedway is home to some of the biggest celebrations in the state, aside from an Alabama football game.