There are lots of interesting day trips in the surrounding small towns of Alabama. My favorite is home to the fascinating Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, only 40 miles away. "One of the country's best kept shopping secrets," says Oprah Winfrey of Unclaimed Baggage Center.
The Unclaimed Baggage Center has been featured on several of the news magazine shows. Recently it was featured on "Good Morning, America" and "David Letterman." It has been named as one of the Top Ten Shopping Places on the internet. Here's a look at my Unclaimed Baggage Center Photos.
Ever wonder where your lost baggage ends up? It's right there in Scottsboro....and you can buy it back!
Everyone takes a book along on flights, so Unclaimed Baggage has an unlimited variety of books to choose from. Cameras are another gold mine in this store--your choice of any brand starting at $25! Computers, laptops, clocks, and radios are in the electronics department with hundreds of CD's and cassettes.
Clothing is in good condition. Some are manufacturers' samples and brand-new. All clothing is dry cleaned before being displayed in the store.
There are a variety of men's suits, London Fog raincoats, women's designer clothing, hats, expensive jewelry, furs, watches, and baby and children's clothing. Infant car seats and strollers are a real bargain.
Sports equipment includes tennis rackets, golf clubs, tents, sleeping bags, basketballs, and skis. There's a well-stocked kitchen and housewares department. Every brand of tennis shoes imaginable is stocked on the walls in the upper level. And, of course, they have a wide assortment of luggage!
Everything seems to be in great condition and professionally displayed, making this a unique shopping adventure. If you get hungry, stop in the coffee shop and have a cappuccino and a sandwich while enjoying the rest area, complete with a big screen TV. To complete the airport theme, check-out at mock ticket counters and use shopping carts resembling baggage carts.
You might want to make your trip to Scottsboro on "First Monday," a trade day around the courthouse square with a 125 year tradition, featuring a blend of antique shows, craft fairs and rummage sales, attracting several thousand visitors monthly. The event starts on Saturday and Sunday before the "First Monday" of every month in downtown Scottsboro.
Or go to Scottsboro during the week when the courthouse is open and research your family roots, tour the antique shops, and the quaint small-town stores. Whatever you decide to do, Scottsboro is worth marking on your calendar for a day of fun and adventure.
If you know of a great place to visit within a day's driving distance of Huntsville, drop me a line and tell me about it. I'll research it and add it to our Day Trips page.