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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.

Out in the Middle of Nowhere

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by Melea Hames

Have you ever given directions and used the words "it is out in the middle of nowhere"? Well, in north Alabama we've got some amazing attractions that are literally out in the middle of nowhere, but they are definitely worth the drive to see their amazingness (we just made up that word). (cover photo by North Alabama Ambassador Lane Leopard)

Here's a list of our favorite places that are out in the

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?

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

EarlyWorks Tree

20 Gifts for Kids that Aren’t Toys

Monday, December 16, 2019 by Melea Hames

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

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.

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