36 days in Alabama Itinerary

36 days in Alabama Itinerary

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Orange Beach
— 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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Birmingham
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gadsden
— 4 nights
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Florence
— 4 nights
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Huntsville
— 6 nights
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Orange Beach

— 4 nights
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Explore Orange Beach's surroundings by going to Alligator Alley (in Summerdale) and Fort Morgan Historic Site (in Fort Morgan). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, immerse yourself in nature at Gulf State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf Shores Public Beach, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Orange Beach visit planner.

New York City to Orange Beach is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Orange Beach is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in May; daily highs in Orange Beach reach 80°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Dauphin Island.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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 12th (Wed), observe the fascinating underwater world at Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, then identify plant and animal life at Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, and finally play a few rounds at Isle Dauphine Golf Club. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dauphin Island Public Beach and then steep yourself in history at Fort Gaines.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Dauphin Island day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Orange Beach to Dauphin Island in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Dauphin Island are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mobile.

Things to do in Dauphin Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Mobile

— 5 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Mobile: Confederate Rest Cemetery (in Point Clear) and Fairhope (Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope Museum, &more).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mobile trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Dauphin Island to Mobile in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Montgomery.

Things to do in Mobile

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Montgomery

— 5 nights
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. Change things up with these side-trips from Montgomery: Tuskegee Human &Civil Rights Multicultural Center (in Tuskegee) and Auburn (Toomer's Corner & Kiesel Park). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at National Memorial for Peace and Justice, get engrossed in the history at Legacy Museum, get outside with Coosa River Adventures,Inc, and contemplate the long history of Civil Rights Memorial Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Montgomery trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mobile to Montgomery takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Montgomery are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Montgomery

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Birmingham

— 5 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Birmingham is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go all around town with Red Clay Tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Civil Rights District, examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at McWane Science Center.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Birmingham road trip planner.

You can drive from Montgomery to Birmingham in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gadsden.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gadsden

— 4 nights
Gadsden is a city in and the county seat of Etowah County in the U.S. state of Alabama. Change things up with these side-trips from Gadsden: Cheaha State Park (in Delta), Fort Payne (Little River Canyon National Preserve & DeSoto State Park) and Chief Ladiga Trail (in Piedmont). There's much more to do: join the crowd at Talladega Superspeedway, make a trip to Ola Lee Mize- Patroits Park, learn more about the world around you at Anniston Museum of Natural History, and get outside with Cherokee Rock Village.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gadsden trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Birmingham to Gadsden in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Gadsden

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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). Venture out of the city with trips to Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery (in Tuscumbia), Dismals Canyon (in Haleyville) and Joe Wheeler State Park (in Rogersville). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Deibert Park, see the interesting displays at Alabama Music Hall of Fame, get engrossed in the history at Helen Keller Birthplace, and get to know the resident critters at University of North Alabama.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Florence tour website.

You can drive from Gadsden to Florence in 2.5 hours. June in Florence sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Huntsville.

Things to do in Florence

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Huntsville side-trips: Scottsboro (Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center, Unclaimed Baggage, &more) and Cathedral Caverns State Park (in Woodville). There's still lots to do: get curious at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, contemplate the long history of Burritt on the Mountain, stroll around Big Spring Park, and admire the natural beauty at Huntsville Botanical Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Huntsville trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Florence to Huntsville in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Huntsville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Huntsville

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Alabama travel guide

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Military Museums · Historic Sites · 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.