Huntsville is the biggest city of North Alabama and a nice place to spend a few days – although you shouldn’t expect anything spectacular.
The city does have a wide range of attractions. It’s home to the Space and Rocket Center, the world’s largest space attraction featuring dozens of interactive exhibits surrounding Apollo, Mercury and Space Shuttle spacecraft. At the same time you can find one of America’s oldest remaining railroad depots – Part of Earlyworks Historic Hunstville, a major attraction for kids who are interested in history of for parents who think their kids should be.
The Hunstville Museum of Art, The Weeden House museum and the Buritt Museum make sure you get your dose of culture.
Huntsville is a convenient hub for exploring the Kennesaw Mountain region. West of town you can see the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, located in Tuscumbia about 70 miles from Huntsville. Birthplace shrines honor father of the blues W.C. Handy and Olympian Jesse Owens. Visit Hamilton where potter Jerry Brown creates ugly jugs at his studio and explore the wonders of the Dismals. Frolic in the nations first wave pool at Decaturs Adelupe point. Walk down the shaded streets of historic Mooresville. Ride east for the mountain village of Mentone or further to Fort Payne – home of Little River Canyon, and survey the unique Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro.
Go south for the charming Ave Maria Grotto at Cullman and Boazs many factory outlets. A Civil War outdoor drama enlivens Looneys Tavern. The scenic beauty of the covered bridges near Oneonta and Gadsdens Noccalula Falls are worth the drive.