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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 11 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.

North Alabama Fall Color Trail

Monday, September 20, 2021 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.

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September Festivals in North Alabama

Thursday, August 26, 2021 by Melea Hames

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.

Drawing of a wooded area with tents and people representing Art Sunday in Scottsboro, Alabama

Art Sunday

More than 90 artisans and craftsmen will make their way

August Festivals in North Alabama

Thursday, July 29, 2021 by Melea Hames

Summer might be coming to a close, but the festivals are still going strong in the month of August! From yard sales to watermelon to BBQ, you'll find lots of fun all over north Alabama.

world's longest yard sale

World's Longest Yard Sale

The World’s Longest Yard Sale offers everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, and dishwares to fresh local produce and homemade jams and jellies as well as food vendors and live

Everyone knows that when you visit an amazing attraction, you have to get a souvenir, right?! Well, it is no secret that north Alabama has some amazing attractions, and they feature some equally amazing souvenir shops! Check them out and let us know which one is your favorite. It's ok to say all of them.

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia has an amazing souvenir

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! Most pools and water parks open Memorial Day weekend.

DeSoto State Park's Swimming Pool

Go for a swim at DeSoto State Park’s swimming pool. (photo credit: DeSoto State Park)

DeSoto State Park pool

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.

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If you love swimming…

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

3. Have fun at the two new

Summer is almost here, and you don't want to miss these fun summer festivals taking place all over north Alabama!

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3rd Friday Downtown Decatur

Each third Friday from May to October, downtown Decatur comes to life at night with live music, vendors, food trucks, vintage cars, and businesses are open later! Grab a bite to eat at a downtown restaurant and then stroll Second Avenue to see the sights.

gadsden first friday cars

The Power of History & Science: The saying goes, "If we don't learn from history, then we are doomed to repeat it." North Alabama is home to many museums that honor the history of the people and the area, and there are several museums that teach us about animals and the world around us...including space!

Alabama Veterans Museum

The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, located in the 100 year old

The Power of Music: We all know how powerful music can be. Just one song can transport us back to a time where we have so many memories! North Alabama - specifically the Shoals area - is home to three world-famous recording studios where many legendary artists recorded chart-topping hits.

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The outstanding achievements and the music of Alabamians are presented in this

The Power of Makers: The ability to create is a powerful thing. Whether it's creating pottery, blown glass, or creating wine and craft beer, the art of making something beautiful and useful is what several small businesses in north Alabama know a lot about.

1818 Farms

Named for the year Mooresville was incorporated, 1818 Farms is home to many happy animals, with whom you can interact upon your