11 days in Alabama Itinerary

11 days in Alabama Itinerary

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11 days in Alabama Itinerary

Start: York
train + Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Birmingham
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Huntsville
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Orange Beach
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h 30​min
4
Dauphin Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: York

3
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Oak Mountain State Park, and then examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Keep things going the next day: get curious at McWane Science Center, then stroll through Birmingham Zoo, and then pause for some photo ops at Vulcan Park and Museum.

For where to stay and tourist information, read our Birmingham travel itinerary planner.

York, UK to Birmingham is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from York to Birmingham due to the time zone difference. Traveling from York in July, you will find days in Birmingham are warmer (38°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Huntsville.

Things to do in Birmingham

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Oak Mountain State Park
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Birmingham Zoo ©
Birmingham Zoo
Oak Mountain State Park ©
Oak Mountain State Park
McWane Science Center ©
McWane Science Center

1
night
Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
On the 15th (Sun), get curious at U.S. Space & Rocket Center and then admire the natural beauty at Huntsville Botanical Garden Society.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Huntsville itinerary planner.

Drive from Birmingham to Huntsville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Huntsville can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Huntsville

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trip

Cathedral Caverns State Park
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Cathedral Caverns State Park ©
Cathedral Caverns State Park
U.S. Space and Rocket Center ©
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Huntsville Botanical Garden ©
Huntsville Botanical Garden

3
nights
Orange Beach

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Orange Beach is known for adventure, outdoors, theme parks, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take a leisurely stroll along Gulf State Park Fishing Pier, and stroll through Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Orange Beach tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Huntsville to Orange Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Orange Beach can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dauphin Island.

Things to do in Orange Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Gulf Shores
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gulf State Park ©
Gulf State Park
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier ©
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier

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nights
Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, then steep yourself in history at Historic Oakleigh House, and then explore and take pictures at Battleship USS ALABAMA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): engage your brain at Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, steep yourself in history at Fort Gaines, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dauphin Island driving holiday website .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Orange Beach to Dauphin Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Dauphin Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dauphin Island

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trip

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium ©
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium
Fort Gaines ©
Fort Gaines
Battleship USS ALABAMA ©
Battleship USS ALABAMA

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