Graduation is an Unforgettable Day

Decatur, Ala. (March 1, 2021) –Graduation Day is always a truly unforgettable day for graduates and their families. Loved ones sometimes travel from near and far to celebrate the big day. Those attending graduations throughout North Alabama sometimes need recommendations of places to stay and eat while visiting. is the perfect place to find restaurants and accommodations near UNA, UAH, Wallace State, Alabama A&M, and Oakwood College.

Visiting UNA

University of North Alabama (UNA) is located in Florence, Alabama. From the houses on the bluffs overlooking the Tennessee River to the beautiful and historic homes in the downtown areas, Florence and Muscle Shoals will beckon your family members to stay a couple of days and experience the rich music and cultural history.

Shoals Gold Record Room

Visiting UAH, Alabama A&M, or Oakwood College

University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), Alabama A&M University, and Oakwood College are located in Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville is a fantastic city with the best of both worlds: a bustling urban atmosphere and beautiful outdoor locations to explore nature.  Huntsville and Madison County were once one of the largest cotton-producing locations in the state, this changed when a group of German rocket scientists, led by Wernher von Braun, came to Redstone Arsenal in 1950. They developed, among others, the Redstone rocket, which was modified to launch the first two Americans into space. Families can visit the world-famous U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville and learn about the history of space travel while attending graduation. Huntsville is also home to the arts, shopping, and lots of craft breweries.

Space Center Dusk

Visiting Wallace State

Wallace State University is located in Hanceville, Alabama. Hanceville is near one of the most beautiful lakes in Alabama, one of the largest cathedrals in Alabama, and one of the most unique attractions in Alabama. Rich in German heritage, Cullman County has a variety of exciting attractions for out-of-town families to enjoy.

Wallace State Oneonta Campus



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