31 days in Alabama Itinerary

31 days in Alabama Itinerary

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31 days in Alabama Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Huntsville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Fort Payne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Birmingham
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Montgomery
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mobile
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Gulf Shores
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

4
nights
Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
Get in touch with nature at Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain and Cathedral Caverns State Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Burritt on the Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Huntsville: Ave Maria Grotto (in Cullman), George Dickel Distillery (in Tullahoma) and Arrington Vineyards (in Arrington). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, identify plant and animal life at Harmony Park Safari, admire the majestic nature at Monte Sano State Park, and admire the natural beauty at Huntsville Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Huntsville trip planner .

Chicago to Huntsville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in March, with highs in Huntsville at 62°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Huntsville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cathedral Caverns State Park, George Dickel Distillery, Ave Maria Grotto, Arrington Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Harmony Park Safari ©
Harmony Park Safari
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum ©
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
U.S. Space and Rocket Center ©
U.S. Space and Rocket Center

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a city in and the county seat of Lauderdale County, Alabama, United States, in the state's northwest corner.According to the 2010 census, the city's population was 39,319.Florence is the largest and principal city of the Metropolitan Statistical Area known as "The Shoals" (which includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia metropolitan areas in Colbert and Lauderdale counties). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Alabama Music Hall of Fame, get engrossed in the history at Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, and then take in the history at Shiloh National Military Park.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Florence planning app .

You can drive from Huntsville to Florence in 1.5 hours. March in Florence sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fort Payne.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tuscumbia, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Shiloh National Military Park, Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, Jesse Owens Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Jesse Owens Museum ©
Jesse Owens Museum

3
nights
Fort Payne

Fort Payne ©
Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. Let the collections at Berman Museum of World History and Anniston Museum of Natural History capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jules J. Berta Vineyards and Sallie Howard Memorial Baptist Church. Explore Fort Payne's surroundings by going to Unclaimed Baggage Center (in Scottsboro) and Noccalula Falls Park & Campground (in Gadsden). There's much more to do: stroll around Little River Canyon National Preserve, hunt for treasures at Collinsville Trade Day, and identify plant and animal life at Desoto Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fort Payne trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Florence to Fort Payne takes 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Fort Payne can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Birmingham.

Things to do in Fort Payne

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anniston, Mentone, Noccalula Falls Park & Campground, Collinsville Trade Day, Unclaimed Baggage Center
Highlights from your plan
Little River Canyon National Preserve ©
Anniston Museum of Natural History ©
Berman Museum of World History ©
Berman Museum of World History

5
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Get some cultural insight at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Popular historic sites such as 16th Street Baptist Church and Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Tuscaloosa (Bryant Museum, Paul W. Bryant Museum, & more), Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament (in Hanceville) and Clear Creek (in Jasper). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Vulcan Park and Museum, stroll through Birmingham Zoo, observe the fascinating underwater world at McWane Science Center, and walk around Linn Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Birmingham trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Fort Payne to Birmingham takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Payne in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Birmingham, with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Montgomery.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tuscaloosa, Doughboy Monument at DeBardeleben Park, Riverchase Galleria, Clear Creek, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Highlights from your plan
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum ©
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ©
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Clear Creek ©
Clear Creek

5
nights
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Civil Rights Memorial Center. Popular historic sites such as Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home and Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Montgomery side-trips: John Emerald Distilling Company (in Opelika), Tuskegee Human &Civil Rights Multicultural Center (in Tuskegee) and Toomer's Corner (in Auburn). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, get advice or help at Alabama Department of Archives and History, see the interesting displays at The MOOseum, and get engrossed in the history at Alabama State Capitol.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Montgomery trip planning website .

Getting from Birmingham to Montgomery by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March in Montgomery, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mobile.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wilderness Park, Jackson Lake Island, Tuskegee Human &Civil Rights Multicultural Center, Toomer's Corner, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Legacy Museum ©
Legacy Museum

6
nights
Mobile

Mobile ©
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. You'll explore and learn at Richards DAR House Museum and Mobile Carnival Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Malbis Memorial Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mobile: Bellingrath Gardens and Home (in Theodore), Confederate Rest Cemetery (in Point Clear) and Fairhope (Fairhope Museum & Fairhope Avenue). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Magnolia Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of History Museum of Mobile, learn about all things military at The Fort of Colonial Mobile, and enjoy the sea views from Middle Bay Lighthouse.

Before you visit Mobile, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Montgomery to Mobile in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Mobile when traveling from Montgomery in March, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Mobile

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dauphin Island, Fairhope, Confederate Rest Cemetery, Little River State Forest, Malbis Memorial Church
Highlights from your plan
Bellingrath Gardens and Home ©
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ©
Malbis Memorial Church ©
Malbis Memorial Church

5
nights
Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Pensacola Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Naval Aviation Museum and Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. Explore Gulf Shores' surroundings by going to Fort Morgan State Historic Site (in Fort Morgan) and Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum (in Pensacola). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Gulf State Park, don't miss a visit to Wharf Ferris Wheel, kick back and relax at Gulf Shores Public Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Gulf Shores Museum.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gulf Shores trip planning app .

You can drive from Mobile to Gulf Shores in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in March, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pensacola, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Pensacola Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
National Naval Aviation Museum ©
National Naval Aviation Museum
Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach

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