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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 is the Social Media Manager for Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. She started at AMLA in 2010 after teaching middle school English for three 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. She loves to travel, go to Auburn games, and she just became a foster mom.

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

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

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

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. (photo credit: DeSoto State Park)

DeSoto State Park pool

Spend the day at the day use area at Joe Wheeler State Park

joe wheeler state park day use area

Get some sun on the beach at

Free Parks in North Alabama

Thursday, June 13, 2019 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

Summer is here! And before long the kids will be saying they’re bored. Maybe you need a weekend getaway just the two of you or a girls weekend. Whatever the case, we’ve got the perfect list to keep y'all busy all summer long.

spring valley beach

If you love the outdoors…

1. Have a blast in America’s first wave pool at Point Mallard Waterpark in Decatur
2. Go for a swim at Red Bay Waterpark and Guin Waterpark
3. Ride

May Festivals in North Alabama

Saturday, April 20, 2019 by Melea Hames

May is a fantastic month for festivals in north Alabama! From balloons to barbeque and catfish to coal, there's street festivals and a small-town celebrations that are sure to be a fun time for you and your friends or you and your family.

Downtown Gadsden First Friday – May 3 - 6pm-9pm

Broad Street will be closed from 1st-7th Streets starting at 4pm and will reopen after the event. Classic cars