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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.

Mentone Girlfriends Getaway

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by Kelly Thomas

The last weekend in January each year, my high school friends and I host our annual “Friendunion” in Mentone, Alabama. It’s our girls getaway weekend that we look forward to year after year (we’ve even added babies to the trip!). After wrapping up the holiday season and maintaining crazy busy lives in general, it’s nice to begin the New Year relaxing and reminiscing with old friends in a peaceful

Christmas Events in North Alabama

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by Melea Hames

'Tis the season for lots of merriment! Check out these fun north Alabama Christmas events and add them to your must-do list this holiday season.

Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden in Huntsville – November 29 through December 31

Walking Nights at the Galaxy of Lights are November 15-17 and 21-26.

Galaxy of Lights Candy Canes

Skating in the Park at the Huntsville Museum of Art – November 15 through January 12

Ice Skating at the Huntsville Museum of Art

Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit The Belue Place in Lexington, AL. Open each Saturday and Sunday in October, The Belue Place is truly a wonderful place to take the kids for an afternoon of activities and fun. Kids of all ages will enjoy the corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting station, hayride, cow train and more. Moms will love the photo areas for Insta-worthy

North Alabama Fall Color Trail

Saturday, October 5, 2019 by Melea Hames

There’s a saying that says fall is a southerner’s gift for surviving summer. If that is indeed true, North Alabama’s fall gift is gorgeous, vibrant fall foliage. And North Alabama has many breathtaking spots to see some colorful scenery.

1. Blount County: Horton Mill, Easley, or Swann covered bridges and Rickwood Caverns State Park

Covered Bridge Easley


2. Cherokee County: Cherokee Rock Village, Little River Canyon

Haunted North Alabama

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Melea Hames

There are so many reasons to love October: cooler weather, leaves changing, and all things haunted. Check out these cool - and maybe a little bit scary - haunted events all over north Alabama.

Athens Haunts Walk

In celebration of Halloween, Athens-Limestone County Tourism is offering haunted walking tours next month giving visitors and locals a chance to explore the town by night. Held every

October has a different feel to it: crisp air, colorful foliage, pumpkins, festivals, and the list goes on. It also has a spooky edge to it as well, and there are several haunted walking tours across the region that tell of the paranormal activity in north Alabama.

Anne of Green Gables said, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." So are we, Anne.

Here are several North Alabama

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