16 days in Alabama Itinerary

16 days in Alabama Itinerary

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16 days in Alabama Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Birmingham
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Cullman
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Huntsville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Montgomery
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mobile
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gulf Shores
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church. Change things up with a short trip to Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Birmingham Museum of Art, examine the collection at Southern Museum of Flight, make a trip to Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, and cool off at Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Birmingham trip itinerary planning tool .

New York City to Birmingham is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Birmingham due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Birmingham, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Cullman.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure, Paul W. Bryant Museum
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Paul W. Bryant Museum ©
Paul W. Bryant Museum
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ©
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Birmingham Museum of Art ©
Birmingham Museum of Art

2
nights
Cullman

Cullman ©
Cullman is a city and the county seat of Cullman County, Alabama, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ave Maria Grotto and Crooked Creek Civil War Museum. Step out of Cullman with an excursion to Spring Valley Beach in Blountsville--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, take an in-depth tour of Cullman County Museum, and take in the views from Clarkson Covered Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cullman visit planner.

Traveling by car from Birmingham to Cullman takes an hour. Traveling from Birmingham in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cullman, with lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Huntsville.

Things to do in Cullman

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spring Valley Beach, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Crooked Creek Civil War Museum
Highlights from your plan
Spring Valley Beach ©
Spring Valley Beach
Ave Maria Grotto ©
Ave Maria Grotto
Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament ©

3
nights
Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum and Huntsville Museum of Art. Change things up with a short trip to Cathedral Caverns State Park in Woodville (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Bridge Street Town Centre, get curious at Cook Museum of Natural Science, get lost in a book at Madison Public Library, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Maple Hill Cemetery.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Huntsville trip planner.

You can drive from Cullman to Huntsville in an hour. In September in Huntsville, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Montgomery.

Things to do in Huntsville

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cathedral Caverns State Park, Madison Public Library, Cook Museum of Natural Science, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library
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Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center ©
Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum ©
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
Cathedral Caverns State Park ©
Cathedral Caverns State Park

3
nights
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and Civil Rights Memorial Center. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Rosa Parks Museum, see where the action happens at Riverwalk Stadium, admire the masterpieces at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and examine the collection at Hank Williams Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Montgomery journey planner.

You can drive from Huntsville to Montgomery in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Mobile.

Things to do in Montgomery

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rosa Parks Museum ©
Rosa Parks Museum
Riverwalk Stadium ©
Riverwalk Stadium

2
nights
Mobile

Mobile ©
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Fairhope Museum. Step out of Mobile to go to Fairhope and see Fairhope Municipal Pier, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Mobile Carnival Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS ALABAMA, admire the masterpieces at Mobile Museum of Art, and get engrossed in the history at History Museum of Mobile.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mobile day trip tool .

Drive from Montgomery to Mobile in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Mobile

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fairhope
Highlights from your plan
Mobile Carnival Museum ©
Mobile Carnival Museum
Fairhope Municipal Pier ©
Fairhope Municipal Pier

2
nights
Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores ©
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): revel in the low prices at Tanger Outlets Foley, then pick up some new knowledge with Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Adventure Island. On the next day, look for gifts at Souvenir City, then look for gifts at Chocolate Corner, then putt your heart out at Pirate's Island Adventure Golf, and finally glide through the air with Orange Beach Parasail.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gulf Shores route builder.

You can drive from Mobile to Gulf Shores in 1.5 hours. September in Gulf Shores sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Shopping Theme Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Orange Beach, Tanger Outlets Foley
Highlights from your plan
Tanger Outlets Foley ©
Tanger Outlets Foley
Pirate's Island Adventure Golf ©
Pirate's Island Adventure Golf
Adventure Island ©
Adventure Island