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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.

The Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt is so much fun and will have you exploring all around downtown Huntsville! Go to the Huntsville Visitor's Center at 500 Church Street to pick up your clue card for all 14 locations then get to hunting. You can also download a clue card here: Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt Clue Card.

Click here to watch the video: Carley's Adventures: Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt.

Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt duck

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Craft Beer & Wine Trail Adventure

Friday, June 1, 2018

Where can you go on a tank of gas? How about a spirited adventure to visit the craft breweries and wineries in north Alabama? Craft breweries and wineries began popping up all over several years ago, and north Alabama is home to many award-winning family owned and operated breweries and wineries that are perfecting their craft. From Florence to Gadsden, these Alabama makers offer dozens of beers and wines unique to north Alabama. Also, when you download or request a hard copy of our Craft Beer Trail and Wine Trail brochures and complete the passport in each, you'll receive a free gift from us. Click here to download or request a passport.

Space Adventure in North Alabama

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Where can you go on a tank of gas? Outer space? Not quite, but this road trip can get you close enough. Take a trip to Huntsville and visit the world-famous U.S. Space & Rocket Center where you can learn about all things space. After you come back from space, explore the city and find more out-of-this-world treasures.

Music Adventure in North Alabama

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Where can you go on a tank of gas? Well, Muscle Shoals is a nice road trip to learn about the music that rocked the world. Artists like Aretha Franklin, Cher, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Steven Tyler, and many more recorded at one of the three iconic recording studios in the Shoals. Go on a music adventure and discover the history behind many famous hits.

May Festivals in North Alabama

Monday, April 23, 2018 by Melea Hames

In the South, everything is cause for a celebration. We celebrate art, barbeque, catfish, flowers, music, people…you name it! And with spring {finally} here, warmer weather means that people are getting back outside to enjoy the outdoors, and what better way to do so than at an annual festival. And May is the hot month for unique festivals in North Alabama!

Wildflowers are springing up like crazy all over the parks in North Alabama. Bright, vibrant flowers not seen in anyone’s garden spot the trails and provide for a beautiful hike. Wild azaleas, violets, irises, geraniums, blackberry blooms, Quaker ladies, mountain honeysuckles, daisies, etc. are blooming like crazy. Here are some of the best places to hike to find these colorful beauties.

Guest Blog by Greg Wingo:
Yep, I was lost. Though I’d been trying to ignore the constant thought running through my head, the inevitable sign that I’d taken a wrong turn on the trail manifested itself in the form of a county road I shouldn’t be seeing in front of me. Scanning my map, I quickly realized my error and doubled back on the same trail I’d just completed. My reward for my mistake was a second opportunity to see the many waterfalls I’d just passed. Around almost every turn in the trail was a different angle of each waterfall, and a new appreciation for why I’d chosen this trail run.

April Festivals in North Alabama

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

First Fridays Florence

April 6

First Fridays Downtown Florence is now entering its 13th year of bringing together people of all ages for a music, art and cultural celebration. In 2018, festivalgoers can expect to see some of their favorites, including the pumpkin drop in the fall in the center of Court Street and Mobile Plaza and the popular antique and vintage car shows. This year will also have special events and themes to correspond with the state of Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. and admission is free. The event will go on rain or shine. Parking is available on surrounding streets and in the City of Florence public parking garage (behind Ricatoni’s Restaurant).