When people talk about the deep south, Alabama is a state the jumps to mind. But many don't know about Alabama's rich, interesting, and often controversial history. Alabama is where the confederacy was born and where cotton ruled supreme. During the Civil War era, Montgomery, the state capital, was the capital of the Confederates States and became known as the "Cradle of the Confederacy." Because of the states History and central location in the South, Alabama is also known as the "Heart of Dixie."
Yet Alabama is far more than just some old confederate cliché. There are loads of fun activities to do and sights to see throughout the state. Southern hospitality, dense forests, and large modern cities fill Alabama with a wide variety of attractions and communities to explore. The state has a number of State Parks and everything from rivers to waterfalls to mountain ranges and even old military battlefields.
Top Alabama Attractions
- The Robert Trent Golf Trail - A collection of amazing golf courses, designed by Robert T. Jones that spans across the state of Alabama.
- Cheaha State Park - This beautiful state park rests on the peak of Alabama's highest point, offering amazing views of Alabama woodlands from an altitude of 2,401 feet. Offers hiking, biking, fishing and swimming.
You can stay at a campground in Cheaha State Park or there are several campgrounds nearby.
- Huntsville Botanical Garden - Lilies, roses, ferns, trilliums, herbs and aquatic plants galore across 120 acres of incredible gardens. Some of the highlights are the small Garden Railway with a miniature train that travels through a European village, bonsai garden, eight children's gardens and a 9,000 sq. ft. butterfly house. A fantastic display of colors and smells, there's something for everyone at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. Allow 1 hour minimum.
Huntsville Campgrounds and RV Parks.
- Little River Canyon National Preserve - One of the deepest canyons east of the Mississippi lies in this National Preserve. There are lots of outdoor activities to suit everyone including kayaking, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming, bird watching and picnicking. The Little River has created waterfalls, canyons, sandstone cliffs which can be seen from various view points along the scenic rim drive.
There is a campground in the preserve at DeSoto State Park. There are also several campgrounds nearby.
- Noccalula Falls Park - The park is most recognized for it's 90-foot waterfall with a gorge trail. The Noccalula Falls Park also features a petting zoo, mini-golf course, Civil War carvings, the Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge, and a replica 1863 C. P. Huntington train ride. Allow 1 hour minimum.
You can stay at Noccalula Falls Park and Campground City Park or at several campgrounds nearby.
- Seqouyah Caverns - Caves, pools, passageways and thousands of fossils frozen in time on the walls and ceiling. See wonderland formations and intricate rock designs. Above ground there is a small zoo with deer, goats and sheep. Allow 1 hour minimum.
You can stay at Sequoyah Caverns Campground or at any of the nearby Campgrounds and RV Parks.
- Tannehill Historical State Park - The incredible State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties dedicated to hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. At the peak of its production, this area contained more than 50 historic buildings including the Tannehill Iron works.
You can stay at the campground in Tannehill Historical State Park or at several campgrounds nearby.
- The US Space & Rocket Center - the most comprehensive U.S. manned space flight hardware museum. Visitors can experience and learn about the making of the moon rocket, the space race, and Apollo missions. Allow 2 hours minimum.
There is a US Space and Rocket Center RV Campground on site or you can stay at one of many Huntsville Campgrounds and RV Parks.
- Wind Creek State Park - Wind Creek State Park spans 1,445 acres along the shores of scenic Lake Martin, a 41,000-acre clear-water reservoir perfect for fishing, swimming and boating.
Stay at the campground in Wind Creek State Park.
Alabama Must See Events
- Mardi Gras in Mobile, Mobile - A two and half week festival where the streets of Mobile are filled the sights and sounds of marching bands, amazing decorative floats crowds of people. It is said this was the first celebrated Mardi Gras in 1703, even before New Orleans.
Mobile Campgrounds and RV Parks.
- Moundville Native American Festival, Moundville - A festival honoring the life ways of Southeastern Indians with around 26 earthen pyramidal mounds as the backdrop.
Moundville Campgrounds and RV Parks.
- Talladega Superspeedway, Talledega - RV and race enthusiasts will be glad to know that in 2008 Talladega was named the top NASCAR track for tailgating, and for good reason. Sitting on what used to be an Air Force base the speedway has one of the largest infields of any tracks on the NASCAR circuit and is thus one of the largest parties in the nation. Typically tailgating begins three to four days before the race begins and has been compared to Mardi Gras - late-night partying, poker games, and dancing are common occurrences.
Talladega Campgrounds and RV Parks.
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