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Fun day trips within driving distance of Huntsville Alabama including Scottsboro, Chattanooga, Nashville, Birmingham, Athens, Decatur, Boaz, Guntersville, and Fort Payne.
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Alabama Breweries
There are several beers brewed right here in Alabama, with a variety of tastes and prices and differing brewing experiences.

Bloomin' Festival
The Bloomin’ Festival is held at St. Bernard’s Abbey and Prep School in Cullman, Alabama every April. It is a two-day arts and crafts fair and the largest annual fundraiser for the school. Artisans are carefully chosen to offer a wide variety of unique and high quality items. Over 140 booths are filled with artists demonstrating and exhibiting their wo

Scottsboro Boys Museum
Scottsboro became famoous worldwide when a trial against nine black boys for raping two white women was brought to the nation's attention. The appeals of these trials that lead to death sentences & life imprisonment became the beginning of our modern civil rights movement. After 17 years of researching the incident, Shelia Washington, a local Scottsboro resident, has opened a museum and cultura…

Alabama Wine Trail
There are ten family operated wineries in Alabama producing a variety of wines. Alabama is known for its muscadine grapes, which have five times the antioxidants than other grapes, according to recent research.

Natchez Trace Parkway
The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway crosses three southern states: Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. It's a wonderful day trip from Huntsville where visitors can experience driving, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping in a scenic setting.

2007 National Cornbread Festival
The National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tennessee honors everything cornbread. This small Southern Tennessee town where cast iron skillets are made, fills the streets of the business district with great foods to taste, live entertainment, and juried arts and crafts.

Alabama Music Hall of Fame
The Alabama Music Hall of Fame, located in Tuscumbia, opened July 26, 1990. The 12,500 square foot exhibit hall is filled with information, memorabilia and recordings from musicians from Alabama.

The River City Review - December 2005 - Decatur
"The River City Review" is written by Edith Hobbs and focuses on December holiday events and features of nearby Decatur, Alabama.

The River City Review - August 2005 - Decatur
About Huntsville is pleased to announce a new column entitled "The River City Review" which focuses on events and features of nearby Decatur, Alabama and will appear monthly.

Boaz Outlet Malls
Just 50 miles southeast of Huntsville is a Shopper's Paradise--Boaz, Alabama. There you will find 5 Outlet Malls, back to back, featuring over 100 different stores and most within walking distance of each other.

Top Ten North Alabama Tourist Attractions
If you want to explore Northern Alabama, check out my personal favorites! Here's my Top 10 picks of the best local tourist attractions in and near Huntsville.

Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament--Hanceville AL
Take a pictorial tour with us of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama and learn the story behind this magnificent shrine of gold, marble, and cedar.

Unclaimed Baggage Center--Scottsboro AL
Scottsboro, AL has been featured on national television for its unique store that resells others' lost baggage from all around the nation.

Ave Maria Grotto--Cullman AL
The Ave Maria Grotto near Cullman, Alabama is the ingenious work of Benedictine Monk Brother Joseph Zoetti. The amazingly accurate architectural miniatures of shrines throughout the world are set in a beautiful Alabama hillside.

Ivy Green in Tuscumbia: Birthplace of Helen Keller
The last weekend in June is the big Helen Keller Festival in Tuscumbia. You can see "The Miracle Worker" performed on the grounds of Ivy Green, Helen's birthplace, every weekend in June and July.

Old MacDonald Petting Zoo
Just 25 miles east of Huntsville is a wonderful, park-like place to take the children to see the animals, have a picnic and play on the playground equipment.

Mi Mi's Cafe in Grant AL
If you haven't been to Grant, Alabama lately, you should take the 40 minute drive from Huntsville and check out the new businesses and attractions. Be sure to stop by Mi Mi's Cafe for lunch while you're there!

Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House
Be sure and call ahead on your next trip to Lynchburg, Tennessee so you can have a spot at Miss Bobo's Boarding House table for a delicious and unforgettable lunch.

Cathedral Caverns in Grant AL
Cathedral Caverns has reopened as a State Park. Join us and learn what six world record's this cave near Grant, Alabama holds.

Green Mountain Nature Trail--Huntsville
A little closer to home, take a hike, get married, or feed the ducks on the Madison County Nature Trail on Green Mountain. This is one of the best places in Huntsville to go when you want to get back to nature.

Hundred Oaks Castle--Winchester, TN
Explore the wonders of this renovated castle within an hour's drive of Huntsville and find out about its ties to our city's namesake.

Southern Living Magazine--Birmingham AL
Get a behind-the-scenes look a one of the most popular magazines in the South. Southern Progress, located in Birmingham, is the publisher of many other popular magazines.

Cheaha State Park
Photographs of the state park in eastern Alabama with a view from the highest point in the state.

DeSoto State Park
The northeast corner of the state is home to some beautiful scenery. Here's what we found recently on a trip to Desoto State Park near Fort Payne, Alabama.

Lilypad Tea Room in Fayetteville Tennessee
Hop on over to Fayetteville, home to one of the best tea rooms around this area. After lunch, you can browse in the Frog & I Gift Shop that adjoins the restaurant.

Fayetteville TN: Host of Christmas Past
Just 30 miles north of Huntsville, Fayetteville TN is a charming small town that presents itself as The Host of Christmas Past. Tour this year's festivities and plan on attending the event next year.

Florence AL
Stay in the same bed and breakfast as some celebrities. See Wilson Lock and Dam, W. C. Handy Museum, Pope's Tavern Museum and the Indian Mound Museum.

Fort Payne AL
Home to the music group, Alabama, and site of the "best county fair in Alabama" which features the Ms. Golden Girl Beauty Pageant - a contest for ladies 65 and older.

Guntersville AL
Just a short drive from Huntsville, Marshall County is a nice place to stay at a bed and breakfast and enjoy Lake Guntersville or the outlet shopping in Boaz.

Birmingham Museum of Art
Just 2 hours from Huntsville, the museum is a treasure of fine artwork with a variety of exhibits.

Scottsboro AL
Discover all kinds of treasures at the Unclaimed Baggage Center or research your Jackson County roots at the Court House. Try "First Monday" of each month's Trading Day.

Chattanooga TN
Don't miss Lookout Mountain and Rock City when you visit the Chattanooga area.

Gulf Shores Alabama
You don’t have to travel to the Caribbean to enjoy a wonderful vacation on white sands surrounded by aqua marine water…just visit the gulf coast in Alabama. You can drive through miles of undeveloped shoreline with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and just yards away Mobile Bay on the other. For a wonderful beach vacation, visit the snow-white beaches of Alabama—one of the country’s best-kept secrets.

National Cornbread Festival
The National Cornbread Festival is usually held the last full weekend of April, but because of Easter, the festival was moved in 2011. Renowned camp cook, Johnny Nix will be conducting cooking demonstrations April 30 & May 1st on the 2nd Street Cook-Off area. Nix will also demonstrate use & care instructions for Lodge Cast Iron Cookware nad...

Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival
The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is a two-day outdoor festival with food vendors, live entertainment, educational exhibits, children’s activities, arts and crafts fair, and much more.

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