10 days in Alabama Itinerary

10 days in Alabama Itinerary

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10 days in Alabama Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Huntsville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Birmingham
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Montgomery
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Gulf Shores
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Historic Mooresville. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Monte Sano Nature Preserve, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Land Trust of North Alabama.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Huntsville trip planner.

Indianapolis to Huntsville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Huntsville are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Huntsville

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Historic Mooresville
Highlights from your plan
Land Trust of North Alabama ©
Land Trust of North Alabama
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum ©
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum

2
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at First United Methodist Church, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Trail, then examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 16th Street Baptist Church. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kenneth R. Penhale City of Helena Museum, then explore the activities along Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Alabama National Cemetery, and finally do a tasting at Morgan Creek Vineyards.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Birmingham travel planner .

Getting from Huntsville to Birmingham by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Birmingham, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Montgomery.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Morgan Creek Vineyards, Alabama National Cemetery, Kenneth R. Penhale City of Helena Museum, Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum ©
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ©
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge ©

3
nights
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Popular historic sites such as National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home are in your itinerary. Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and Civil Rights Memorial Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montgomery: The Legacy Museum (in Tuskegee), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (in Tuskegee Institute) and Lowndes County Interpretive Center (in Hayneville). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Legacy Museum, don't miss a visit to Jackson Lake Island, and stroll the grounds of Hank Williams Memorial - Oakwood Annex Cemetery.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Montgomery trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Birmingham to Montgomery by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Legacy Museum, Jackson Lake Island, Lowndes County Interpretive Center, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Legacy Museum ©
Legacy Museum

3
nights
Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Alligator Alley make great kid-friendly stops. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Malbis Memorial Church are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Pottery Central World Headquarters, and walk around Orange Beach Waterfront Park.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gulf Shores route planner .

Traveling by car from Montgomery to Gulf Shores takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Orange Beach, Malbis Memorial Church, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Alligator Alley
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding
Fishing Charters & Tours

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