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1. DeSoto Falls - Mentone, Alabama
DeSoto Falls, a magnificent 100 ft. waterfall, is one of the most BEAUTIFUL waterfalls in the South! Wouldn't you agree?
2. The Charming Town of Daphne
Daphne, located on the eastern shoreline of Mobile Bay, is nicknamed "The Jubilee City" and features many historic homes and parks. This charming town is the perfect place to visit, live, work and play.
3. Monte Sano State Park - Huntsville, Alabama
Monte Sano State Park is well known for its fresh air, amazing views and abundant mineral springs. It also provides incredible hiking opportunities. Pictured is an amazing view from Monte Sano Mountain.
4. Noccalula Falls - Gadsden, Alabama
Noccalula Falls is a beautiful 90ft waterfall that's marked with a bronze statue of a Cherokee maiden who, according to local legend, jumped to her death after her father ordered her to marry a man she wasn't in love with. Noccalula Falls is one of Alabama's most visited natural attractions.
5. Lake Guntersville
Lake Guntersville is a stunning lake that's located in north Alabama - between Bridgeport and Guntersville. And at 69,000 acres, it's Alabama's largest lake.
6. Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve - Birmingham, Alabama
Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, a 1,038-acre urban nature preserve in Birmingham, is the third largest nature preserve in the United States. Pictured is an incredible view of Birmingham's skyline from Ruffner Mountain.
7. Turkey Creek Falls - Pinson, Alabama
Turkey Creek Falls is located within the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Since the 1870s, these falls have been used extensively for gatherings and outdoor recreation.
8. Dauphin Island
Dauphin Island, located in Mobile County, is a popular vacation spot that offers an authentic taste of Alabama's gorgeous Gulf Coast.
9. Ave Maria Grotto - Cullman, Alabama
Ave Maria Grotto is a landscaped, 4-acre park that's located within an old quarry on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey. Its garden setting includes 125 miniature reproductions of famous religious structures. Ave Maria Grotto is such a beautiful and interesting place to visit if you haven't done so already.
10. Chimney Peak - Jacksonville, Alabama
Chimney Peak overlooks the town of Jacksonville and has an elevation of 1,716 feet. If you ever get the chance to visit Chimney Peak, do it! It offers such an AMAZING view!
11. Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens is more than 60 acres and is Alabama's largest living museum, with a variety of 12,000+ plants of 1,500 different species. Now, are you ready for some fantastic news? Admission is FREE! How GREAT is that?
12. Neversink Pit - Jackson County, Alabama
Cavers from all around the world are attracted to this gorgeous 162ft open air pit because of its beautiful waterfalls and rare ferns that cover the walls. Neversink Pit is one of the most photographed sinkholes in the world.
13. Aldridge Botanical Gardens - Birmingham, Alabama
Aldridge Botanical Gardens consists of 30 acres and is a popular attraction in the Birmingham area. It features a variety of hydrangeas, including the Snowflake Hydrangea, which was patented by Mr. Aldridge himself.
What do you think? Do these 13 places have what it takes to blow anyone away? Share your thoughts below!