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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.

Author: Melea Hames

A 1995 Auburn University graduate, Melea has been a social media manager in the tourism industry for more than 10 years at Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. Prior to working for AMLA, Melea received her Masters at UNA in Secondary Education and taught middle school English and coached middle school cheerleaders for three years. She also taught English at Calhoun Community College for 8 1/2 half years. Before that she worked in public relations for an advertising agency in Atlanta, a minor league baseball team in Columbus, Georgia, and for Auburn University in the development office. Just last year, Melea created her very own social media marketing agency with a friend called M and M Social. She loves to write, travel, walk in the park (she walked over 600 miles in 2020), go to Auburn games, and read books about WWII.

Spring Festivals in North Alabama

Thursday, April 15, 2021 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

Monday, April 12, 2021 by Melea Hames

Ah, there is no better place to go relax, play, walk, or have a picnic than a beautiful park! There's 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, April 1, 2021 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.

April means spring is here, trees are blooming, and the weather is warming up, which makes it a perfect month for guided walking tours all over north Alabama. Check out the list of walking tours and go explore and learn more about the history of several towns in north Alabama. Tours are free to the public.

Athens Saturday Walks

Athens tour options are unique - offering a choice from multiple

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”

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

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.