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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. Prior to 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. She loves to write, travel, walk in the park, go to Auburn games, and read books about WWII.

Covered Bridges of North Alabama

Friday, October 23, 2020 by Melea Hames

Covered bridges are scattered all around North Alabama and remind us of the way things used to be. Blount County has the most in North Alabama, which has earned the county the "Covered Bridge Capital" title. There's a Covered Bridge Festival each October to honor and remember Blount County's covered bridges.

Here's a list of North Alabama's covered bridges that are still standing:

Easley Covered

North Alabama Fall Color Trail

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 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.

Oneonta Area

Horton Mill, Easley, or Swann covered bridges, Mardis Mills Falls, Palisades Park, and Rickwood Caverns State Park are the best places near the

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

Getting Outdoors in North Alabama

Monday, October 19, 2020 by Melea Hames

Our followers submitted some amazing pics in our 100 Alabama Miles photo contest, and we just had to share them all! Check out our fave ways to get outdoors in north Alabama. (cover photo by Michael Williams with Underboss Photography)

Waterfalls

Alabama is known as the land of a 1000 waterfalls, and north Alabama is home to many of them! We've got so many that we created a North Alabama Waterfall

North Alabama Fall Bucket List

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 by Melea Hames

Fall means football games, colorful foliage, getting lost in a corn maze, trips to the pumpkin patch, mums, pumpkin-flavored everything, fall festivals, cooler weather, and so much more. North Alabama is a wonderful place to celebrate fall and scratch all these fall bucket list items off your list. These activities need to be on your North Alabama fall bucket list:

Go to a Pumpkin Patch

McGee Farm

We are partnering with 100 Alabama Miles Challenge to do a photo contest! The 100 Alabama Miles Challenge is "a statewide program designed to inspire all Alabamians to kick-start an active, healthy lifestyle while exploring our beautiful state and connecting with fellow participants. We challenge all Alabamians to walk, run, hike, bike, swim, paddle, ride or roll 100 miles each year and to do so

What better way to beat the heat than taking a dip in a cool pool or rushing down a slippery water slide? Here's a list of some of the best places in north Alabama to swim, but make sure to lather up with sunscreen first!

Go for a swim at DeSoto State Park’s swimming pool. Opens mid-July. (photo by DeSoto State Park)

DeSoto State Park pool

Get some sun on the beach at Lake Guntersville State Park. (photo by Melea

Where can you go on a tank of gas? How about a spirited adventure to visit the craft breweries and wineries in north Alabama? Craft breweries and wineries began popping up all over several years ago, and north Alabama is home to many award-winning family owned and operated breweries and wineries that are perfecting their craft. From Florence to Gadsden, these Alabama makers offer dozens of beers and wines unique to north Alabama. Also, when you download or request a hard copy of our Craft Beer Trail and Wine Trail brochures and complete the passport in each, you'll receive a free gift from us. Click here to download or request a passport.

Kayaking in North Alabama

Friday, May 8, 2020 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.

Carley’s Adventures: Fort Hampton Outfitters

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