Alabama is home to a wide variety of places, several of which are underrated. From whimsical parks to unique restaurants, you never know what types of places you’ll discover while exploring this great state. Listed below are nine of Alabama’s most underrated places, many of which natives have never even heard of. Check them out!
1. Rattlesnake Saloon - Tuscumbia
Rattlesnake Saloon is located off the beaten path in the small town of Tuscumbia. It's situated inside a cave and is quite possibly Alabama's most unique restaurant. Address: 1292 Mount Mills Road, Tuscumbia, AL, 35674
2. Cherokee Rock Village - Leesburg
Cherokee Rock Village covers more than 200 acres and offers one of Alabama's most spectacular views. It's also one of the state's best rock climbing spots. Address: 2000 County Road 70, Leesburg, AL, 35983
3. Tigers For Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain - Attalla
Tigers For Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain, which was founded in 1999, is one of Alabama's most unique animal attractions. It covers 140 acres and is a permanent home to more than 160 animals, including tigers, lions, bears, and more. Address: 708 County Road 345, Attalla, AL, 35954
4. Orr Park (Tinglewood Trail) - Montevallo
Orr Park is one of Alabama's most unique city parks. What makes it so incredibly unique is its Tinglewood Trail, which is a one-of-a-kind trail that features whimsical tree carvings. Address: 277 Park Drive, Montevallo, AL, 35115
5. Alabama Booksmith - Birmingham
If you enjoy reading, or you're a collector of books, you'll most certainly want to visit Alabama Booksmith. This unique bookstore only sells books that have been signed by the author. There's no other bookstore in the world quite like it. Address: 2626 19th Place South, Birmingham, AL, 35209
6. Natural Bridge - Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge, which is one of Alabama's most incredible natural wonders, is located off the beaten path in the tiny town of Natural Bridge. Measuring 60 feet high and 148 feet long, it's also the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. Address: County Road 314, Natural Bridge, AL, 35577
7. Bamahenge - Elberta
Bamahenge is located near Barber Marina in the tiny town of Elberta. Measuring 21 feet high and 104 feet across, it's an exact replica of England's famous Stonehenge.
"Directions to Bamahenge:
You’ll either drive along US Highway 98 for eight miles east of Foley, Alabama, or 21 miles west of downtown Pensacola, Florida. You’ll then turn south onto County Road 95. After driving approximately five miles, you’ll turn right onto Fish Trap Road. You’ll continue driving for half a mile and then turn left at the Barber Marina sign. After driving one mile, you’ll see Bamahenge on the right."
8. Butch Anthony's Museum of Wonder - Seale
Butch Anthony's Museum of Wonder is tucked away inside the tiny town of Seale and is one of Alabama's strangest, yet unique, museums. Over the years, this museum has become the South's most eclectic collection of art, antiques, and artifacts. While visiting Butch Anthony's Museum of Wonder, you don't even have to leave your car because of its Drive-Thru Museum. Address: 970 Highway 169, Seale, AL, 36875
9. Wilderness Park (Bamboo Forest) - Prattville
While exploring Prattville's Wilderness Park, you'll discover an authentic bamboo forest with stalks as tall as 60 feet. This bamboo forest is quite possibly Alabama's best-kept secret. Address: 800 Upper Kingston Road, Prattville, AL, 36067
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