Alabama November 08, 2017
You’ll Want To Visit These 10 Places To Get The Quintessential Alabama Experience
It’s no secret that Alabama is one of the best places to live and/or visit. To get the quintessential Alabama experience, there are certain places everyone in Alabama should visit at least once, including the 10 places listed below. How many have you visited?
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Cheaha Mountain - Delta
One of the best places to experience the beauty of Alabama is Cheaha Mountain, which is the state's highest natural point. Cheaha Mountain is the main feature of Cheaha State Park, and it offers the most incredible views. (19644 Hwy 281)
2. Gulf Coast
Alabama’s Gulf Coast is home to some of the finest beaches in the world. You can't fully experience this great state without first dipping your toes into the sand of our beautiful Gulf Coast beaches.
3. City of Mobile
The city of Mobile is a great place to experience Alabama's history. In 1703, the first official U.S. Mardi Gras was celebrated in Mobile. This was 15 years before it was ever celebrated in New Orleans. Mobile is also home to the USS Alabama, which is one of Alabama's top tourist attractions.
4. Little River Canyon National Preserve - Fort Payne
Another way to experience the beauty of Alabama is with a scenic hike. One of the best places to take a hike is Little River Canyon National Preserve, which happens to be one of the most beautiful places in the Southeast. In addition to hiking, fishing, kayaking and camping are other popular activities at Little River Canyon National Preserve.
(4322 Little River Trail NE)
5. U.S. Space & Rocket Center - Huntsville
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is Alabama’s top paid tourist attraction. Throughout the years, this popular attraction, which is sometimes billed "Earth's largest space museum," has received tourists from all over the world. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is also home to Space Camp. (1 Tranquility Base)
6. Noccalula Falls - Gadsden
Noccalula Falls is the main attraction at Noccalula Falls Park. This 90-foot waterfall, which was originally known as "Black Creek Falls," is one of Alabama's most visited natural attractions.
(1500 Noccalula Rd)
7. Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham
Covering nearly 10,000 acres, Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama's largest state park. Scenic trails, beautiful waterfalls and lush forests are just a few of the things you'll experience while exploring this state park. (200 Terrace Dr)
8. Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Birmingham
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which covers 67.5 acres, is one of Alabama's top outdoor attractions. It features 25 unique gardens and is completely free to visit. That's right! There's no admission fee to visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
(2612 Lane Park Rd)
9. The Bright Star Restaurant - Bessemer
The Bright Star Restaurant, which began in 1907, is Alabama's oldest restaurant. Its delicious food and wonderful atmosphere attracts guests from all over the Southeast. The Bright Star Restaurant offers a great dining experience for everyone.
(304 19th St N)
10. Cathedral Caverns - Woodville
Alabama has one of the highest densities of caves in the United States. You can't visit Alabama without exploring Cathedral Caverns, which is one of the state's most popular caves. This historic cave is the centerpiece of Cathedral Caverns State Park, and it also has one of the largest cave entrances in the world. (637 Cave Rd)
What other places would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!
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