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North Alabama is full of adventure! If you love food, we've got it. If you love festivals, we've got them. If you love the outdoors, we've got plenty of places to explore. Whatever you love, we're sure to have something for you. Check out our blog posts, and you'll see what we mean.

Huntsville's Great Outdoors

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by Robert Posey

Huntsville is a fantastic city with the best of both worlds: a bustling urban atmosphere and beautiful outdoor locations to explore nature. Our North Alabama Ambassador Robert Posey takes us on a journey of the best places to escape in nature in Huntsville.

I uttered to a friend last week while sitting in the crowd at a PACKED Jazz in the Park, "I love this city!" I love Huntsville because I was

There are two months in the year when festivals are the most popular in North Alabama. One is May because it’s finally warming up. September is the other because it is finally cooling down. As the temps dip down below scorching, make plans to attend some or all of these fun North Alabama festivals to celebrate the arrival of fall.

Oka Kapassa: Return to Coldwater Festival in Tuscumbia – September

Kayaking in North Alabama

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Melea Hames

Kayaking is a fun way to be in nature and get some exercise at the same time. Check out all the kayaking opportunities in north Alabama.

Lower Bear Creek Canoe Trail

The Lower Bear Creek Canoe Trail is the lower portion of Bear Creek at Red Bay down to Pickwick Lake. This 35-mile stretch offers a serene trip, except in flood stage, and is suited for the beginning canoeist. Canoeing on Bear Creek

Here in North Alabama, we have something that other similar regions do not. We have music: music history, music production, Grammy winning artists, songwriters, live music venues, etc. There’s even a documentary film named for our area: Muscle Shoals. If you are a music lover or know someone who is, consider visiting North Alabama to learn more about our history and current music scene. If you are

What better way to beat the heat than taking a dip in a cool pool or rushing down a slippery water slide? Here's a list of some of the best places in north Alabama to swim, but make sure to lather up with sunscreen first!

Go for a swim at DeSoto State Park’s swimming pool. (photo credit: DeSoto State Park)

DeSoto State Park pool

Spend the day at the day use area at Joe Wheeler State Park

joe wheeler state park day use area

Get some sun on the beach at

Free Parks in North Alabama

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by Melea Hames

Ah, there is no better place to go relax, play, walk, or have a picnic than a beautiful park! There's many tranquil parks all over north Alabama, but here are some parks that are absolutely free to go to. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon!

Big Spring Park in Huntsville

Big Spring Park is nestled in downtown Huntsville in between the Huntsville Museum of Art, the VBC, and the downtown

Summer is here! And before long the kids will be saying they’re bored. Maybe you need a weekend getaway just the two of you or a girls weekend. Whatever the case, we’ve got the perfect list to keep y'all busy all summer long.

spring valley beach

If you love the outdoors…

1. Have a blast in America’s first wave pool at Point Mallard Waterpark in Decatur
2. Go for a swim at Red Bay Waterpark and Guin Waterpark
3. Ride

Here in the south we really take pride in our BBQ. The North Alabama Barbecue Trail is the perfect way to travel, taste unique and flavorful plates, and share that BBQ pride with the people around you. Our “BBQ Secondary Adventure” took us to the following stops along the trail.

Dale’s BBQ | 10850 AL Hwy. 168, Boaz, AL 35957

I must confess, we have not spent a lot of time in Boaz, typically it

May Festivals in North Alabama

Saturday, April 20, 2019 by Melea Hames

May is a fantastic month for festivals in north Alabama! From balloons to barbeque and catfish to coal, there's street festivals and a small-town celebrations that are sure to be a fun time for you and your friends or you and your family.

Downtown Gadsden First Friday – May 3 - 6pm-9pm

Broad Street will be closed from 1st-7th Streets starting at 4pm and will reopen after the event. Classic cars

April means spring is here and trees are blooming and the weather is warming up, which makes it a perfect month for guided walking tours all over north Alabama. Check out the list of walking tours and go explore and learn more about the history of several towns in north Alabama. Tours are free to the public.

Athens Saturday Walks

Athens tour options are unique - offering a choice from multiple