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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.

Plan Your Vacation to North Alabama

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 by Melea Hames

Taking a vacation is not only good for having a ton of fun, but it's also good for your job. Yep, taking a break from your job is good for how you feel about your job. U.S. Travel took a poll of full-time employees and found that 77% believed that taking a vacation was important to their job satisfaction. We couldn't agree more!

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While North Alabama might not be what you think of as a destination,

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

You asked; we answered. Here's a list of questions our Facebook followers wanted to know about the 14 waterfalls on the North Alabama Waterfall Trail.

"What waterfalls are easily accessible?"

We get this question a lot, so here's a list of the waterfalls that are easy to see if you are not able to walk a lot or are in a wheelchair or on a walker:

Coldwater Falls in Spring Park in Tuscumbia

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 saying "I'm bored" before you know it. Want to know what there is to do in North Alabama to entertain the kids and hold onto your sanity? Take a deep breath 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

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

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 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.

Holiday Wine Pairings

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 by Melea Hames

As the holidays quickly approach, one of the first things on busy agendas is the holiday meal. This year as the turkey, dressing, sides, and desserts are prepared, consider what wines could be served to make the holiday meal complete. Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association was instrumental in creating the Alabama Wine Trail, and there are several family-operated wineries across the state that

Haunted North Alabama

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 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 Haunt Walks

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