With so many great things to do here in Alabama, why are we always in a rush to travel elsewhere when we’re looking to have a good time? If you’re currently an Alabama resident, these 20 places should definitely be on your bucket list to visit:
1. Little River Canyon National Preserve
Little River Canyon National Preserve is located near Fort Payne, on top of Lookout Mountain. It's known for protecting the Little River, the nation's longest mountaintop river.
2. Ave Maria Grotto
Located in Cullman, Ave Maria Grotto is a 4-acre park on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey, featuring a garden of 125 miniature reproductions of famous religious sculptures.
3. Birmingham Botanical Gardens
With more than 12,000 different plants, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum.
4. U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Located in Huntsville, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is sometimes referred to as "Earth's largest space museum." It's also home to Space Camp.
5. Rattlesnake Saloon
Rattlesnake Saloon, located in Tuscumbia, is one of Alabama's most unique restaurants. What makes it so unique is the cave-like "watering hole under the rock."
6. Noccalula Falls Park
Noccalula Falls Park is located in Gadsden and its main feature is a beautiful 90-ft waterfall.
7. Unclaimed Baggage Center
Unclaimed Baggage Center, located in Scottsboro, is one of Alabama's top tourist attractions. What makes it unique is the fact that it's the only lost luggage store in the world.
8. Fame Recording Studios
Fame Recording Studios is located in Muscle Shoals and has produced hit records by artists such as Aretha Franklin and The Osmonds.
9. Gulf Shores
Gulf Shores is located on Alabama's Gulf Coast and is one of the state's top vacation destinations.
10. Dismals Canyon
Located in Phil Campbell, Dismals Canyon features two waterfalls (Rainbow Falls and Secret Falls) and six natural bridges.
11. Birmingham Zoo
The Birmingham Zoo is home to approximately 950 animals of 230 species.
Located in the Cahaba Heights of Birmingham, Satterfield's is a fine dining establishment, featuring delicious menu items such as steaks, fresh seafood, veal and quail.
13. Oak Mountain State Park
At 9,940 acres, Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama's Largest park. It's located in Pelham.
14. Ivy Green
Located in Tuscumbia, and built in 1820, Ivy Green is the childhood home of Helen Keller.
15. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a collection of championship golf courses spread across Alabama. There are a total of 468 holes at 11 sites.
16. DeSoto State Park
DeSoto State Park, located near Fort Payne, offers miles of hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls.
17. Coon Dog Cemetery
The Coon Dog Cemetery is reserved for the burial of coon dogs. It's located in Cherokee and is the only cemetery of its kind in the world.
18. Lake Guntersville
At 69,000 acres, Lake Guntersville is Alabama's largest lake.
19. Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan is a historic fort located at the mouth of Mobile Bay. Some say it's haunted.
20. Cheaha Mountain
With an elevation of 2,407 feet, Cheaha Mountain is Alabama's highest natural point.
What do you think? Have you visited any of these well-known places in Alabama? What places would you add to your Alabama bucket list?