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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.

Spring Festivals in North Alabama

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 by Melea Hames

In the South, everything is cause for a celebration! We celebrate art, barbecue, catfish, flowers, music, people; you name it. And with spring approaching, warmer weather means that people are getting outside to enjoy the outdoors, and what better way to do so than at an annual festival. North Alabama is a special place with many unique festivals.

Bloomin' Festival

Arts and crafts will be on

Free Parks in North Alabama

Friday, March 18, 2022 by Melea Hames

Ah, there is no better place to go relax, play, walk, or have a picnic than a beautiful park! There are 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

Wildflower Hikes in North Alabama

Thursday, March 3, 2022 by Melea Hames

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 all over. Here are some of the best places to hike to find these colorful beauties.

Spring Break in North Alabama

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 by Melea Hames

We asked, and you told us the best places to go on spring break in north Alabama. So we put together several mini vacays for you based on your suggestions! And, hey, when you take these trips and post your pics, make sure you use the #visitnorthal hashtag so we can see your adventures.

Spring Break Road Trip #1

Travel up to the Fort Payne and Mentone areas and visit the amazing waterfalls at

Scavenger Hunts in North Alabama

Friday, February 11, 2022 by Melea Hames

Let's go on a scavenger hunt! There are several super fun scavenger hunts all over north Alabama, so check them out and get to hunting!

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Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt

Go on the Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt through downtown Huntsville where you'll explore all kinds of cool places while hunting for ducks. You can pick up your checklist at the Huntsville Visitors Center at 500 Church Street, or you can

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?

Plan Your Vacation to North Alabama

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 by Melea Hames

Taking a vacation is not only good for having a ton of fun, but it's also good for your job. Yep, taking a break from your job is good for how you feel about your job. U.S. Travel took a poll of full-time employees and found that 77% believed that taking a vacation was important to their job satisfaction. We couldn't agree more!

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While North Alabama might not be what you think of as a destination,

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

You asked; we answered. Here's a list of questions our Facebook followers wanted to know about the 14 waterfalls on the North Alabama Waterfall Trail.

"What waterfalls are easily accessible?"

We get this question a lot, so here's a list of the waterfalls that are easy to see if you are not able to walk a lot or are in a wheelchair or on a walker:

Coldwater Falls in Spring Park in Tuscumbia

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.