From soaring mountains to sparkling lakes, there’s so much to do and see in North Alabama. But it’s not just outdoor adventure you’ll find. There’s also an array of awesome attractions that will keep you and the family entertained for weeks on end.

In Huntsville, head to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and blast off at the world’s largest space attraction. Kids will surely love the 100 exciting interactive exhibits at Sci-Quest or history at one of the EarlyWorks Complex of museums. Before leaving, it’s worth it to stop and smell the roses at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, pay respect to the veterans who’ve served our great country at the Alabama Center of Military History/Veterans Memorial Museum, then go west to experience the Limestone County Civil War Trail or the Alabama Veterans Museum.

Head to Florence to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Rosenbaum House.In addition, soak up the sights and sounds of the ‘Father of the Blues’ at the W.C. Handy Home, Museum, & Library.

Take a short dirve to see the studios where many famous artist recorded their big hits at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and Cypress Moon Productions. The Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area is a must-see for history buffs looking to learn about Alabama’s natural treasures and cultural impact.

Go for a drive on Highway 278 to the Bankhead National Forest to take a hike and on the way stop to cross the Natural Bridge of Alabama, the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. The serene forest setting features natural gardens, picnicking, natural trails, and a gift shop.

Tuscumbia is home to America’s First Lady of Courage, Helen Keller. Sunday drivers and those looking for a scenic adventure will love cruising the illustrious 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway while they’re in town.

Drive over to Danville to take in the history and perfect your long jump at Jesse Owens Memorial Park. In Cullman, let your spirit soar by visiting the historical Ave Maria Grotto, home to 125 miniature replicas of Biblical structures and world-famous buildings, all hand built by a Benedictine monk.

There’s a wealth of things to do in Decatur including splashing away at Point Mallard Park. In addition, Cook’s Natural Science Museum, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, and Wheeler Natural Wildlife Refuge are great day trips that combine learning with fun.

Between Guntersville and Scottsboro, you can marvel at Cathedral Caverns. Featuring a Stalagmite Forest, the Frozen Waterfall and Goliath, a huge stalagmite column that reaches the ceiling of the cave some 45 feet above, the caverns are truly a can’t miss experience.

Step back in time at the Arab Historic Village, the Scottsboro Heritage Museum or the Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum.  Travel the path of days gone by when you cross three of the state’s 13 covered bridges in Oneonta.

Get out to Gadsden to cruise Lookout Mountain Parkway, America’s most colorful scenic drive. The thriving Gadsden arts scene features can’t miss museums such as Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Walnut Gallery, and Gadsden Museum of Art.

Like a view? Just outside of Centre head up Highway 35 to see the beautiful High Falls in Little River Canyon National Preserve. The canyon is 600 feet deep, the largest east of the Mississippi. 

Looking for something a little wilder? Stop in to Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain and see the over 130 exotic animals. Not wild enough for you? Take a zip lining or rock climbing excursion with True Adventure Sports in Fort Payne, AL.

And, of course, any trip to North Alabama iisn’t complete without visiting our beautiful State Parks.

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