Spring is on the horizon—and that means it’s time to take a road trip.
To assist you in getting ready to hit the road, Sweet Home Alabama-style, Alabama Tourism has launched a three-year campaign, “100 Alabama Road Trips” with the release of the first 10 trips.
Itineraries are designed so that travelers can experience the destinations over two or three days.
Road Trip #1 – Tuscaloosa-Auburn: BCS Championship Tour
The University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers are cross-state rivals in football, but together they have won the last three Bowl Championship Series titles. Players from the schools won back-to-back Heisman Trophies, a first for any state, during the same period.
Road Trip #2 – Guntersville: Where Eagles Fly
Eagle Awareness is a must-attend event for bird-watchers and outdoor lovers. Covering six weekends from early January through early February, the event has been a tradition at Lake Guntersville for more than 25 years. The program was started as an activity for people of all ages to experience the joy of watching eagles and other birds in their natural habitat and as a way of educating the public about the importance of protecting the area’s wildlife.
Road Trip #3 – Mobile: A Romantic Getaway
If you’re considering a romantic getaway, put Mobile at the top of your list. This beautiful city alongside Mobile Bay is an original French settlement more than 300 years old, with spreading live oaks that create shady canopies over the downtown and the wrought iron balconies on historic mansions.
Road Trip #4 – Selma to Montgomery: Crossing a Bridge into History
The Edmund Pettus Bridge, spanning the Alabama River in Selma, has become one of the most iconic symbols of the modern struggle for civil and voting rights in America. It is also a focal point for the 54-mile route now memorialized as the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail.
Road Trip #5 – Gulf Shores-Orange Beach: Spring Break at the Beach
The beach communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer visitors a wide variety of fun, and this road trip is sure to be a vacation that will leave you coming back for more.
Road Trip #6 – Birmingham: Taking It to the Streets, Downtown
Get ready to travel to Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, for a stroll through historic downtown. On this walking tour, you will go to the place where hot peanuts have been sold for more than 100 years and stroll through shops filled with memories.
Road Trip #7 – Huntsville: To the Moon and Back By Dinner
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville is the largest and most comprehensive space flight museum in the world. Located just off I-565, the center is easy to spot from miles away by the 38-story replica of the Saturn V rocket standing in front of it.
Road Trip #8 – Montgomery: A Place Where History Runs Deep
History is woven into the very soul of Montgomery. It spirals down grand staircases, like the one inside the 1847 State Capitol building. It descends from lofty places, such as Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where a humble preacher rose to prominence as the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. And it bubbles up from streets such as historic Dexter Avenue that bustled with merchants in the 1800s, served as an auction block for slaves during the Civil War and was later pounded by the foot soldiers during the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march.
Road Trip #9 – Gulf Coast Birding: Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island, Theodore
Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a stopover point for birds as they return from Central to North America in the spring, so it’s the perfect place to see herons, seagulls, pelicans, and more.
The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail spans Baldwin and Mobile counties and is a bird watcher’s paradise.
Road Trip #10 – Monroeville: The “To Kill a Mockingbird” Experience
As the home of Nelle Harper Lee and her neighbor and childhood friend Truman Capote, Mark Childress—the acclaimed author of the novel Crazy in Alabama—and other distinguished writers, Monroeville is considered the “Literary Capital of Alabama.” To Kill a Mockingbird, has been performed in Monroeville for more than 22 years.
100 Alabama Road Trips
- Six Courses, One Name: Alabama State Parks Golf Trail Named
- Alabama is For the Birds
- Alabama State Parks 2012 Geocaching Challenge
Where Eagles Fly
Take me away
Come on fly me away
Lift me up so high
Where eagles fly
—lyrics by Sammy Hagar