35 days in Alabama Itinerary

35 days in Alabama Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alabama route planner

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Fly to Valparaiso, Drive to Gulf Shores
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Gulf Shores
— 4 nights
Taxi 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
— 5 nights
Drive
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Fort Payne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huntsville
— 6 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 4 nights
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Birmingham
— 6 nights
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Gulf Shores

— 4 nights
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Change things up with a short trip to FORT MORGAN HISTORIC SITE in Fort Morgan (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gulf State Park, trek along Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead, examine the collection at Foley Railroad Museum, and take in the waterfront activity at The Wharf.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gulf Shores sightseeing planning site.

New York City to Gulf Shores is an approximately 7.5-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. Traveling from New York City in January, you will find days in Gulf Shores are much warmer (61°F), and nights are a bit warmer (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dauphin Island.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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. On the 17th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Dauphin Island Public Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, and then play a few rounds at Isle Dauphine Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, then steep yourself in history at Fort Gaines, and then identify plant and animal life at Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dauphin Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Gulf Shores to Dauphin Island in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. January in Dauphin Island sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mobile.

Things to do in Dauphin Island

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Mobile

— 5 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mobile: Fairhope (Fairhope Museum, Fairhope Avenue, &more).

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mobile trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Dauphin Island to Mobile in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in January, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Mobile

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Montgomery

— 5 nights
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail (in Dadeville), John Emerald Distilling Company (in Opelika) and Toomer's Corner (in Auburn). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of National Memorial for Peace and Justice, get engrossed in the history at Legacy Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, and ponder the design of Court Square Fountain.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Montgomery trip planner.

You can drive from Mobile to Montgomery in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Mobile in January since evenings lows in Montgomery dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fort Payne.

Things to do in Montgomery

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Fort Payne

— 2 nights
Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. On the 29th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Cloudmont Ski & Golf Resort, look for gifts at Unclaimed Baggage, and then see the interesting displays at Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Little River Canyon National Preserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sallie Howard Memorial Baptist Church, and then admire the majestic nature at DeSoto State Park.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fort Payne attractions planner.

You can drive from Montgomery to Fort Payne in 3 hours. Traveling from Montgomery in January, things will get slightly colder in Fort Payne: highs are around 49°F and lows about 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Huntsville.

Things to do in Fort Payne

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Huntsville

— 6 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 find plenty of places to visit near Huntsville: Isom's Orchard (in Athens), Decatur (Old Decatur Historic District, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, &more) and Vinemont (Crooked Creek Civil War Museum & Hurricane Creek Park). Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, make a trip to Art on the Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Monte Sano Nature Preserve, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment.

Find out how to plan Huntsville trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Fort Payne to Huntsville takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Huntsville

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Florence

— 4 nights
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). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Jesse Owens Museum (in Moulton) and Joe Wheeler State Park (in Rogersville). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall, contemplate the long history of Ivy Green, delve into the lush surroundings at Sipsey Wilderness, and examine the collection at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence online attractions planner.

You can drive from Huntsville to Florence in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Birmingham.

Things to do in Florence

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Birmingham

— 6 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Get out of town with these interesting Birmingham side-trips: Noccalula Falls Park & Campground (in Gadsden) and Alabama National Cemetery (in Montevallo). And it doesn't end there: go all around town with Red Clay Tours, stroll around Birmingham's Railroad Park, take an in-depth tour of Vulcan Park and Museum, and examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Birmingham route builder tool.

Drive from Florence to Birmingham in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Birmingham are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Alabama travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · 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.