30 days in Alabama Itinerary

30 days in Alabama Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alabama trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Valparaiso, Drive to Gulf Shores
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Gulf Shores
— 3 nights
Drive to Fort Morgan, Ferry to Dauphin Island
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Dauphin Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mobile
— 5 nights
Drive
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Montgomery
— 7 nights
Drive
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Birmingham
— 5 nights
Drive
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Fort Payne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huntsville
— 5 nights
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Gulf Shores

— 3 nights
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Foley Railroad Museum and Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. There's much more to do: trek along Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead, kick back and relax at Gulf Shores Public Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get engrossed in the history at Holmes Medical Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gulf Shores trip builder website.

New York City to Gulf Shores is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Gulf Shores, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Dauphin Island.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Dauphin Island

— 2 nights
Dauphin Island is a town in Mobile County, Alabama, United States, on a barrier island of the same name (split by the Katrina Cut), at the Gulf of Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Fort Gaines and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dauphin Island travel tool.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Gulf Shores to Dauphin Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. In November in Dauphin Island, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mobile.

Things to do in Dauphin Island

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Mobile

— 5 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mobile Carnival Museum and Fairhope Avenue. Get out of town with these interesting Mobile side-trips: Fairhope (B & B Pecan Co., Fairhope Municipal Pier, &more).

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mobile planning website.

Traveling by car from Dauphin Island to Mobile takes an hour. In November in Mobile, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Mobile

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Montgomery

— 7 nights
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. Discover out-of-the-way places like Legacy Museum and Civil Rights Memorial Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montgomery: Auburn (Toomer's Corner & Chewacla State Park) and Edmund Pettus Bridge (in Selma). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, contemplate the long history of Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home, look and learn at W.A. Gayle Planetarium, and pause for some photo ops at National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Montgomery itinerary website.

You can drive from Mobile to Montgomery in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Mobile in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 45°F in Montgomery. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Birmingham.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites · Museums · Golf · Parks

Side Trips

Birmingham

— 5 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Red Clay Tours and Birmingham Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Birmingham: Cheaha State Park (in Delta), Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park (in McCalla) and Paul W. Bryant Museum (in Tuscaloosa). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, get engrossed in the history at Berman Museum of World History, explore the landscape on two wheels at Oak Mountain State Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 16th Street Baptist Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Birmingham trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montgomery to Birmingham takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Birmingham can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Payne.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Fort Payne

— 2 nights
Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): make a trip to Little River Canyon Center and then stroll around Little River Canyon National Preserve. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Desoto Falls and then immerse yourself in nature at DeSoto State Park.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Payne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Birmingham to Fort Payne takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Birmingham in November, things will get little chillier in Fort Payne: highs are around 61°F and lows about 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Huntsville.

Things to do in Fort Payne

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Huntsville

— 5 nights

Rocket City

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 Clarkson Covered Bridge. Explore Huntsville's surroundings by going to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio (in Sheffield), Cathedral Caverns State Park (in Woodville) and Alabama Music Hall of Fame (in Tuscumbia). There's much more to do: stroll through Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain, immerse yourself in nature at Monte Sano State Park, steep yourself in history at Burritt on the Mountain, and explore the world behind art at Huntsville Museum of Art.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Huntsville trip website.

Traveling by car from Fort Payne to Huntsville takes 1.5 hours. In November in Huntsville, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Huntsville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Alabama travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.