Not many things can compete with a good old fashioned road trip. Here in Alabama, there are several attractions that are perfect for including on a road trip. From beautiful state parks to award-winning restaurants, the options are endless. Listed below are 11 amazing road trip stops to make while driving through Alabama.
1. U.S. Space & Rocket Center - Huntsville
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is Alabama's top paid tourist attraction. It attracts people from all over the world, and it's often referred to as "Earth's largest space museum." This popular attraction is also home to Space Camp.
2. Cheaha State Park - Delta
Established in 1933, Cheaha State Park is Alabama's oldest continuously operated state park. Covering nearly 3,000 acres, it's also situated atop of Cheaha Mountain - the state's highest natural point. To experience Alabama's most incredible views, you'll want to visit Cheaha State Park.
3. Little River Canyon National Preserve - Fort Payne
Alabama's Little River Canyon National Preserve, which is located atop of Lookout Mountain, is one of the state's top outdoor attractions. Covering more than 15,000 acres, it's also home to Little River Falls - one of the state's most beautiful waterfalls.
4. Dreamland Bar-B-Que - Tuscaloosa
It's no secret that barbecue is one of Alabama's most popular foods. A great place to get this Southern favorite is Dreamland Bar-B-Que. Well known for its ribs, this award-winning restaurant, which has multiple locations, belongs on every barbecue lover's dining bucket list.
5. Birmingham Zoo - Birmingham
The Birmingham Zoo, which attracts people from all across the Southeast, is home to approximately 550 animals of 180 species. It's also home to a variety of endangered species from six continents. The Birmingham Zoo is a definite must-visit for animal lovers of all ages.
6. Ave Maria Grotto - Cullman
Alabama's Ave Maria Grotto is located on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman. Covering four acres, this rock garden features 125 miniature reproductions of famous religious structures. It's also one of the Southeast's most unique outdoor attractions.
7. Huntsville Botanical Garden - Huntsville
The Huntsville Botanical Garden covers 112 acres and is one of Alabama's most beautiful outdoor attractions. It's also home to the Purdy Butterfly House - America's largest open-air butterfly house.
8. Highlands Bar & Grill - Birmingham
Highlands Bar & Grill is an award-winning restaurant that specializes in French-inspired Southern cuisine. In 2018, it won the James Beard Foundation Award for "Outstanding Restaurant." Since opening for business in 1982, Highlands Bar & Grill has welcomed guests from all across the United States.
9. Mobile Carnival Museum - Mobile
In 1703, the birthplace of America's Mardi Gras happened in Mobile, Alabama. You can learn all about the history of this celebration at the Mobile Carnival Museum, which has parade floats, elaborate costumes, and so much more on display.
10. Gulf Coast Beaches - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach
Alabama is well known for its gorgeous white-sand beaches. Over the years, two particular towns that have become quite popular among beach lovers are Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. In addition to their beautiful beaches, both of these towns also offer incredible shopping destinations, wonderful restaurants, a variety of recreational activities, and so much more.
11. Peach Park - Clanton
And of course, no trip to or from Alabama's Gulf Coast is complete without a stop at Peach Park. Established in 1985, Peach Park sells a variety of fresh produce, including some of the best peaches you'll ever eat. Speaking of peaches, Peach Park is also well known for its homemade peach ice cream and fried peach pies.
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U.S. Space & Rocket Center, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805, USA
Cheaha State Park, 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258, USA
Little River Wildlife Management Area, 4322 Little River Trail #100, Fort Payne, AL 35967, USA
Dreamland BBQ, 5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405, USA
Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223, USA
Ave Maria Grotto, 1600 St Bernard Dr, Cullman, AL 35055, USA
Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805, USA
Highlands Bar & Grill, 2011 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205, USA
Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602, USA
Peach Park, 2300 7th St S, Clanton, AL 35046, USA