There are many great things to see and do in Alabama, and taking an unforgettable road trip is the best way to conquer them all. Here are 10 places scattered throughout Alabama that are definitely worth planning a road trip to:
1. U.S. Space & Rocket Center
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, located in Huntsville, has one of the most extensive collections of space artifacts and displays more than 1,500 pieces, including rockets, engines, spacecraft, simulators and hands-on exhibits. It's also home to Space Camp. If space history interests you, you'll definitely want to take a road trip to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
2. Birmingham Zoo
The Birmingham Zoo is the ultimate road trip destination for animal lovers. With approximately 950 animals of 230 species, the Birmingham Zoo doesn't disappoint. And it comes as no surprise considering this road trip destination is one of Alabama's top attractions.
3. Gulf Shores
Not many things can beat a road trip to the beach. Fun, adventure and relaxation awaits you on the white-sand beaches of Gulf Shores. Gulf Shores is one of Alabama's top vacation destinations.
4. Huntsville Botanical Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden is a 112-acre oasis featuring a picturesque aquatic garden, numerous nature trails and specialty gardens. It's also home to the nation's largest seasonal butterfly house and nature center. If you love beautiful gardens, you should definitely take a road trip to Huntsville Botanical Garden.
5. Historic Homes of Eufaula
Eufaula is well known for its beautiful old homes. Pictured above is Shorter Mansion. This beautiful home has been recognized for its neoclassical architecture, and it also made an appearance in the film "Sweet Home Alabama." For a chance to see many beautiful old homes, you'll want to take a road trip to Eufaula.
6. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
If you're into golfing and looking for a spectacular course to practice your swing, you simply must consider taking a road trip to one of the beautiful courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. With 468 holes at 11 sites across Alabama, this golf trail is a golfer's paradise.
7. Unclaimed Baggage Center
One of the most unique road trip destinations in Alabama is the Unclaimed Baggage Center. The Unclaimed Baggage Center, located in Scottsboro, is the only store in America that buys and sells unclaimed baggage from airlines. It's also one of Alabama's top shopping destinations.
8. Old Courthouse Museum
If you're a fan of Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," you'll really enjoy this road trip destination. The courtroom in the novel was based upon the Old Monroe County Courthouse (located in Monroeville), and the courthouse scene in the film was modeled after this same courthouse.
9. McWane Science Center
The McWane Science Center, located in Birmingham, is a great road trip destination for all ages. It features a state-of-the-art science center, aquarium, 280-seat IMAX Dome Theater, and more than 9,000 sq ft of interactive exhibits.
10. Historic House Museums of Mobile
If historic homes fascinate you, you'll definitely want to take a road trip to Mobile. There are many historic homes in Mobile, including the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, Portier House and Oakleigh (pictured above.) These homes are historic museums.
Have you been to any of these places? Are there any additional places worth taking a road trip to? Let us know in the comments below!