18 days in Alabama Itinerary

18 days in Alabama Itinerary

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18 days in Alabama Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  21​h
Huntsville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Birmingham
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Montgomery
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Orange Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Mobile
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Cardiff

3
days
Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
Family-friendly places like U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Harmony Park Safari will thrill your kids. Explore Huntsville's surroundings by going to Point Mallard Waterpark (in Decatur) and Cathedral Caverns State Park (in Woodville). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Monte Sano State Park.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Huntsville road trip planning tool .

Cardiff, UK to Huntsville is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Cardiff to Huntsville, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cardiff in July, expect nights in Huntsville to be a bit warmer, around 26°C, while days are much hotter, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Huntsville

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cathedral Caverns State Park, Point Mallard Waterpark
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Cathedral Caverns State Park ©
Cathedral Caverns State Park
U.S. Space and Rocket Center ©
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Monte Sano State Park ©
Monte Sano State Park

3
days
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Birmingham Zoo and McWane Science Center. When in Birmingham, make a side trip to see Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, admire all the interesting features of Regions Field, see the interesting displays at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, and get great views at Vulcan Park and Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Birmingham trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Huntsville to Birmingham takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Birmingham are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Birmingham

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Oak Mountain State Park
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Birmingham Zoo ©
Birmingham Zoo
McWane Science Center ©
McWane Science Center
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ©
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

2
days
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): have fun at Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex, then see the interesting displays at The MOOseum, and then steep yourself in history at Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at First White House of the Confederacy, then take an in-depth tour of Freedom Rides Museum, and then take a stroll through Toomer's Corner.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Montgomery attractions planning site .

Getting from Birmingham to Montgomery by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Montgomery

#Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Toomer's Corner
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Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex ©
Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex
Montgomery Zoo ©
Montgomery Zoo

4
days
Orange Beach

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pensacola Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Orange Beach: Destin (Parasailing & Paragliding & Speed Boats Tours). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Wharf Ferris Wheel, and look for gifts at Souvenir City.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Orange Beach trip planner .

Drive from Montgomery to Orange Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In August in Orange Beach, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mobile.

Things to do in Orange Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Destin, Gulf Shores, Pensacola Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
days
Mobile

Mobile ©
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Gaines (in Dauphin Island), Fairhope Avenue (in Fairhope) and Bellingrath Gardens and Home (in Theodore). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Battleship USS ALABAMA, get to know the fascinating history of Church Street Historic District, stop by Bass Pro Shops, and see the interesting displays at Mobile Carnival Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mobile trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Orange Beach to Mobile in 1.5 hours. In August in Mobile, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mobile

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Fairhope, Fort Gaines, Bass Pro Shops, Bellingrath Gardens and Home
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Fort Gaines ©
Fort Gaines
Battleship USS ALABAMA ©
Battleship USS ALABAMA

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