Major towns in AL
Huntsville (aka Rocket City) has a very interesting past, which is presented by many entertaining and educational attractions for all ages. If you love history, you’ll certainly want to take a walk through the Twickenham Historic District, home to one of the largest collections of stunning pre-war houses in the South – guided tours are available. But if you’re traveling with your family, the amazing Space and Rocket Center should definitely be at the top of your list of attractions you must visit (book your tickets to avoid queues). For a complete change, visit the Huntsville Botanical Garden (young visitors love the nightly firefly walks) or spend a few hours at the Lowe Mill ARTS and entertainment center to see local artists in action.
Located in the northeast corner of Alabama, Lookout Mountain is a wonderful destination for a relaxing vacation or an outdoor adventure. In and around Lookout Mountain there is every imaginable adventure sport. In winter, you can hit the slopes at Cloudmount Ski Resort (in summer you can play golf instead) or try a range of summer sports such as hiking, kayaking, abseiling, rock climbing and camping with One World Adventure Company. Do not miss the opportunity to take a scenic drive through three states along the Lookout Mountain Parkway. Cultural activities include a variety of hands-on classes and workshops, as well as visits to the many galleries and craft shops around Lookout Mountain. P
Monte Sano State Park
Located in northeastern Alabama near Huntsville, Monte Sano State Park is known for its fresh air and beautiful views, as well as a wonderful variety of healthy outdoor activities. In addition to the Monte Sano Lodge (11 rustic cabins) there is a large campsite with service and rustic stone cottages for self-catering. People come mainly to Monte Sano to explore over 22 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, but there is also a large children’s playground and an 18-hole disc golf course. If you need a short break from nature, you can visit some of the interesting museums in Huntsville.
Alabama’s magnificent capital Montgomery is full of attractions and activities that will delight visitors of all ages. History buffs may begin at the Civil Rights Memorial and Black Granite Exhibition Center before visiting the imposing Alabama State Capitol Building, a variety of museums and the fascinating Old Alabama Town. Golfers can test their skills on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail on several great courses. Art lovers can view the collections at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts before attending a show at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center. Kids will love the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum and the Montgomery Zoo.
Talladega has something to offer every family member in history and surrounded by sprawling scenic recreational areas. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers will enjoy all the resources in the beautiful Talladega National Forest and Cheaha State Park, which offer camping, hiking, fishing, swimming and much more. Everyone will have fun visiting the Desoto Caverns and motor racing fans can attend a NASCAR event at the Talladega Superspeedway and attend the Talladega NASCAR Hall of Fame. There are also many historic sites to admire, including the Silk Stocking District, where you will find 113 acres of various historic architectural styles.