Canyons, Caves, and Waterfalls
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Check out some of Northern Alabama's best spots for breathtaking views.
Explore unexpected beautiful places on the Canyons, Caves, and Waterfalls tour. Take a drive along the Canyon Rim Road in Little River Canyon, which is the largest gorge east of the Mississippi River, and see many breathtaking views. Explore the depths of Cathedral Caverns and Russell Cave National Monument. Take in the beauty of several of North Alabama’s beautiful waterfalls like Little River Falls in Little River Canyon, DeSoto Falls, and Noccalula Falls. These beautiful places plus more await you on the Canyons, Caves, and Waterfalls tour.
(Please note, depending on when flight arrives at Huntsville International Airport, optional afternoon and evening receptions or destination stops may be added.)
DAY 1 Arrive at beautiful Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. A 6,000-acre park located along the shore of Lake Guntersville, offering swimming, boating, tennis, 18-hole golf course, hiking, nature center, cottages, chalets and campground. The lodge, chalets, and convention center are situated on a 500-foot bluff overlooking Lake Guntersville.
DAY 2 Stop 1 The first thing you notice about Cathedral Caverns is the massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. Inside the cavern, you will find Big Rock Canyon, Mystery River and some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created. Among them, you will see Stalagmite Mountain, the Frozen Waterfall, and Goliath, a huge stalagmite column that reaches the ceiling of the cave some 45 feet above! Human habitation can be traced back 8,000 years.
Located atop Sand Mountain in Albertville, Ala. The vineyards are five acres of vines on a 22-acre farm, and mostly consist of Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and other varietals. They additionally have fruits wines and Muscadine wines grown by local Alabama farmers.
Nestled among the trees in the park is a pioneer village, a group of rustic, hand-hewn log buildings representing a display of pioneer living conditions, included in the village are a country store, grist mill, covered bridge, pioneer home, smokehouse, blacksmith shop and more. Other park attractions include a War Memorial and Museum, botanical gardens, hiking trails, sightseeing train, playground, carpet golf, picnic pavilions, Wedding Chapel and honeymoon cabins, and meeting facilities.
Includes three art galleries, the Imagination Place Children’s Hands-on Museum, a 72-foot working model railroad, and the Gadsden Community School of the Arts.
Looking for a unique experience? Take a trip to Untamed Mountain. Tigers for Tomorrow is a wild animal park and environmental education center that’s home to over 130 animals. See 70 big cats, wolves, and bears. Children can interact with barnyard animals at their contact yard.
A partnership between Jacksonville State University and Little River Canyon National Preserve. The Center provides visitors with information, educational and recreational opportunities, and an impressive HD film about Little River Canyon.
Offers a lodge, cabins, motel, full service restaurant, campground, primitive camping, nature center, hiking and biking trails, Olympic-size pool, canoeing, boating, and fishing areas. Located atop Lookout Mountain near Little River Canyon National Preserve and near DeSoto Falls day use area.
Features exhibits typical of the lifestyles of the late 1800s and the early 1900s. The museum features Native American pottery, basketry, tools, and clothing. Old Fort Payne Depot was built by the Alabama Great Southern Railroad in 1891.
Owned by artist Cal Breed, creates unique handmade functional art glass and sculpture. Orbix studio and gallery is located on Lookout Mountain in Alabama.
An important Civil War railroad junction. Station now houses a collection of military, agricultural, Indian artifacts, railroad, and other local memorabilia.
Russell Cave is an archaeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast.
Complete resort offering golfing, camping, fishing, lodging, boating, marina service, and a wide selection of events at our civic center.
Experience Unclaimed Baggage, one of the most unique Alabama tourist attractions. Come browse our selection of lost luggage – you never know what you'll find!
Huntsville is home to the largest space museum in the world: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Not only is America’s space program on exhibit in Huntsville, it was forged in Huntsville. We’re known as the “Rocket City” because Huntsville, Alabama is where rockets were developed that put men on the moon.
Huntsville Botanical Garden is located in the heart of Madison County, right off I-565, adjacent to the US Space & Rocket Center and offers the optimal blend – wildlife, foliage, florals, trails, specialty gardens, pavilions, a butterfly house, walkways, lakes, and more.
America's largest independent art facility! With more than 200 artists in 127 incredible studios, Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment is the place to be in Huntsville if you are a lover of art, music, food and fun. With over a hundred artists working in public studio spaces, three art galleries, a theater that hosts every imaginable kind of live performance, a record store, food stands, and dozens of events, shows, classes every month, there is always something fun to do at Lowe Mill.