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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.

Biking in Bankhead

Monday, March 22, 2021 by Cody Hood

Enjoy Bankhead on a Bicycle

Bankhead National Forest has more than 180,000 acres of forest for your outdoor needs. There are hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding opportunities in Bankhead and the Sipsey Wilderness Area, and another way to enjoy Bankhead is by bicycle.

Mountain bike ride through the Bankhead National Forest

Where to Begin

There are miles of dirt and gravel roads to ride on. You can park at the Brushy Lake day use area ($3 day use

Geocaching in North Alabama

Thursday, March 11, 2021 by Melea Hames

Geocaching is a fantastic way to get outdoors and explore north Alabama using GPS mapping systems. Think of it as a high-tech scavenger hunt! Our “A Dash of the Unexpected” Geo Tour will take you to so many cool places. You'll explore North Alabama’s rich history, music, civil war sites, small-town charm, and great geocaching.

Small bridge over creek in Dismals CanyonDismals Canyon is one of the places on the “A Dash of the Unexpected”

The beauty in north Alabama runs deep – literally. From the depths of Cathedral Caverns to the mountaintop vistas at Lake Guntersville State Park, the landscape diversity and natural beauty are world-class. As if that weren’t enough to enjoy, nationally recognized artisans, award-winning local wineries, and mouth-watering local eateries satisfy every appetite for a multi-day vacation.

My work as a

Need a getaway for just the two of you? How about a rustic, romantic weekend in north Alabama? There are many lakeside cabins, mountaintop chalets, and bluff-top rooms all across the region to spend getting away from it all. Sip champagne and admire the view from your balcony or curl up fireside under a cozy blanket. Whichever you choose, this getaway will be one to remember.

Bear Creek Log Cabins

February is a time of intentional reflection and celebration of African American history and culture. Many times we focus on well-known greats such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, etc…but what about those less known facts that may have taken place right where you live? Do you know about the people in your local community that has made or are making a contribution to history?

TVA Map of Flint River

Whether you are stepping into your boat or onto your board for the first time or have logged enough hours on the water to rival the best of guides, having a little back-pocket information is key. Here is some simple information about some of the Tennessee River Valley’s best paddles–where to show up, how to get there and what to bring along for the ride.

One of the most amazing things about the

We live in a social media world, and we have learned to look at our surroundings through the lens of social media. It's like we've all become mini photographers looking for the best setting to create the best-looking post on our social accounts. Check out our list of the most Instagrammable places - one from each of the 16 counties we represent - in north Alabama that were chosen by our followers.

It’s almost Christmas break, and the kids will be out of school and in your hair. What is there to do in North Alabama to entertain the kids and hold onto your sanity? Relax and check out these fun activities that can pass the time during the break.

EarlyWorks Museum

EarlyWorks Museum in Huntsville has a lot of cool things to see and several hands-on activities for kids. Don't miss story time by

Most kids have a lot of toys and then receive a lot more toys for Christmas. If a family has two or more kids, these toys can really add up quickly. And typically, many kids lose interest in their new toys after a couple of weeks, sending them to the toy box never to be played with again until it’s time to clean out and donate. Instead of giving children another toy to lie around, how about giving

Made in North Alabama Christmas Gifts

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 by Melea Hames

As friends and family select the perfect gifts, they imagine the look of excitement on loved ones' faces when the package is opened. North Alabama is home to many unique attractions, and when it comes to finding that perfect unique Christmas gift, look no further than north Alabama for one-of-a-kind gifts that are made right here in north Alabama and are sure to bring a smile to loved ones’ faces.