31 days in Alabama Itinerary

31 days in Alabama Itinerary

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31 days in Alabama Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Birmingham
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Huntsville
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Fort Payne
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Montgomery
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mobile
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Orange Beach
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Head to Bass Pro Shop and The Summitfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Oak Mountain State Park and Rotary Trail. Step out of Birmingham to go to Hanceville and see Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: browse the fresh offerings at The Market at Pepper Place, don't miss a visit to Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, take in the spiritual surroundings of 16th Street Baptist Church, and get great views at Vulcan Park and Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Birmingham tour itinerary builder website .

New York City to Birmingham is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect nights in Birmingham to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Huntsville.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Riverchase Galleria, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Oak Mountain State Park, Bass Pro Shop
Highlights from your plan
Vulcan Park and Museum ©
Vulcan Park and Museum
Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament ©
Oak Mountain State Park ©
Oak Mountain State Park

6
nights
Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
Visiting Land Trust of North Alabama and Monte Sano State Park will get you outdoors. Historic Mooresville and Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Huntsville: Cullman (St. Bernard Abbey, Ave Maria Grotto, & more), Morgan Price Candy Company (in Decatur) and Ivy Green (in Tuscumbia). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Pond Spring, view the masterpieces at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment, explore the different monuments and memorials at Maple Hill Cemetery, and identify plant and animal life at Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Huntsville online tour planner .

Drive from Birmingham to Huntsville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fort Payne.

Things to do in Huntsville

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Cullman, Ivy Green, Pond Spring, Cathedral Caverns State Park, Morgan Price Candy Company
Highlights from your plan
Harmony Park Safari ©
Harmony Park Safari
Cathedral Caverns State Park ©
Cathedral Caverns State Park

4
nights
Fort Payne

Fort Payne
Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. Visiting Little River Canyon National Preserve and Chief Ladiga Trail will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Unclaimed Baggage Center and Big Mill Antique Mall. Explore Fort Payne's surroundings by going to Lake Guntersville (in Guntersville), Noccalula Falls Park & Campground (in Gadsden) and Jules J. Berta Vineyards (in Albertville). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sallie Howard Memorial Baptist Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Desoto Falls, get outside with Cherokee Rock Village, and admire the majestic nature at DeSoto State Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fort Payne attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Huntsville to Fort Payne takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Huntsville in May, Fort Payne is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Montgomery.

Things to do in Fort Payne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mentone, Jules J. Berta Vineyards, Unclaimed Baggage, Noccalula Falls Park & Campground, Chief Ladiga Trail
Highlights from your plan
Desoto Falls ©
Desoto Falls
Unclaimed Baggage ©
Unclaimed Baggage

5
nights
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Visit National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site and Wilderness Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Selma (Old Live Oak Cemetery, Brown Chapel AME Church, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home, don't miss a visit to Jackson Lake Island, browse the exhibits of The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Civil Rights Memorial Center.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Montgomery travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Payne to Montgomery takes 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fort Payne in May, with highs in Montgomery at 83°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mobile.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Selma, Prattville, Jackson Lake Island, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan

6
nights
Mobile

Mobile ©
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Mobile Bay and Fishing Charters & Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bellingrath Gardens and Home and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mobile: Dauphin Island (Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, & more), Fairhope (Fairhope Municipal Pier & Fairhope Avenue) and Confederate Rest Cemetery (in Point Clear). There's lots more to do: stop by Southern Napa Fine Wine Store, learn about all things military at The Fort of Colonial Mobile, take an in-depth tour of History Museum of Mobile, and admire all the interesting features of Battleship USS ALABAMA.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mobile trip planner .

Traveling by car from Montgomery to Mobile takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Mobile, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Mobile

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Dauphin Island, Fairhope, Malbis Memorial Church, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Southern Napa Fine Wine Store
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
Orange Beach

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Gulf State Park. Relax by the water at Gulf State Park Fishing Pier and Gulf Shores Public Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Orange Beach: Alligator Alley (in Summerdale) and Fort Morgan State Historic Site (in Fort Morgan). There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stop by Chocolate Corner, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Orange Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mobile to Orange Beach takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Orange Beach are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Gulf Shores, Tanger Outlets Foley, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Alligator Alley
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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