53 days in Alabama Itinerary

53 days in Alabama Itinerary

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53 days in Alabama Itinerary

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

6
nights
Mobile

Mobile ©
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Bellingrath Gardens and Home are in your itinerary. Head to Burris Farm Market and Christine Linson Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Mobile side-trips: Confederate Rest Cemetery (in Point Clear), Dauphin Island (Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, Fort Gaines, & more) and Fairhope (Fairhope Avenue & Fairhope Municipal Pier). There's lots more to do: step aboard Battleship USS ALABAMA, contemplate the long history of Richards DAR House Museum, enjoy the sea views from Middle Bay Lighthouse, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Oakleigh Historic District.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mobile trip planning tool .

Durham to Mobile 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 to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mobile when traveling from Durham in June, with lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Mobile

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Dauphin Island, Fairhope, Confederate Rest Cemetery, Burris Farm Market, Malbis Memorial Church
Highlights from your plan
Bellingrath Gardens and Home ©
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ©

9
nights
Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fishing Charters & Tours will thrill your kids. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tanger Outlets Foley and Souvenir City. Explore Gulf Shores' surroundings by going to Dauphin Island Public Beach (in Dauphin Island), Alligator Alley (in Summerdale) and Fort Morgan State Historic Site (in Fort Morgan). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park, identify plant and animal life at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, try for a hole-in-one at Pirate's Island Adventure Golf, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Gulf Shores holiday tool .

Getting from Mobile to Gulf Shores by car takes about 1.5 hours. June in Gulf Shores sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Huntsville.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Orange Beach, Foley, Bamahenge, Dauphin Island Public Beach, Fort Morgan State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

9
nights
Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
Popular historic sites such as 3rd Street Promenade and Ave Maria Grotto are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Harmony Park Safari and Monte Sano State Park. Explore Huntsville's surroundings by going to St. Bernard Abbey (in Cullman), Ivy Green (in Tuscumbia) and Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House (in Florence). There's lots more to do: get curious at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, don't miss a visit to Maple Hill Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Monte Sano Nature Preserve, and steep yourself in history at Burritt on the Mountain.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Huntsville trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gulf Shores to Huntsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Fort Payne.

Things to do in Huntsville

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cullman, Athens, Cathedral Caverns State Park, Dismals Canyon, Historic Mooresville
Highlights from your plan
Harmony Park Safari ©
Harmony Park Safari
U.S. Space and Rocket Center ©
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Walls of Jericho Alabama Trailhead ©

5
nights
Fort Payne

Fort Payne ©
Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. Head to Unclaimed Baggage Center and Collinsville Trade Dayfor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Little River Canyon National Preserve and DeSoto State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to High Falls (in Geraldine), Noccalula Falls Park & Campground (in Gadsden) and Lake Guntersville (in Guntersville). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Sallie Howard Memorial Baptist Church, head outdoors with True Adventure Sports, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Desoto Falls, and take in the dramatic scenery at Marthas Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fort Payne trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Huntsville to Fort Payne takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Huntsville in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fort Payne, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Birmingham.

Things to do in Fort Payne

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mentone, Tigers for Tomorrow, High Falls, Noccalula Falls Park & Campground, Unclaimed Baggage Center
Highlights from your plan
Little River Canyon National Preserve ©
Tigers for Tomorrow ©
Tigers for Tomorrow
Unclaimed Baggage Center ©
Unclaimed Baggage Center

9
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
16th Street Baptist Church and Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bass Pro Shop and The Outlet Shops of Grand River. Venture out of the city with trips to Cheaha State Park (in Delta), DeSoto Caverns (in Childersburg) and Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa Museum of Art & Bryant Denny Stadium). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, take in the architecture and atmosphere at First United Methodist Church, get engrossed in the history at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and browse the fresh offerings at The Market at Pepper Place.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Birmingham trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Fort Payne to Birmingham takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Payne in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Birmingham, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tuscaloosa, Bessemer, Leeds, Easley Covered Bridge, Houston Historic Jail
Highlights from your plan
McWane Science Center ©
McWane Science Center
Clear Creek ©
Clear Creek
Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge ©

8
nights
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Do your shopping at Priester's Pecans and Durbin Farms Market. Bring the kids along to Montgomery Zoo and Peach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Montgomery side-trips: Ed Lisenby Lake (in Ozark), Selma (Old Live Oak Cemetery, Brown Chapel AME Church, & more) and Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum (in Georgiana). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind National Memorial for Peace and Justice, contemplate the long history of Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home, make a trip to Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, and get engrossed in the history at Civil Rights Memorial Center.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Montgomery itinerary planner .

You can drive from Birmingham to Montgomery in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Montgomery are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Auburn.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Selma, Prattville, Clanton, Jackson Lake Island, Priester's Pecans
Highlights from your plan
National Memorial for Peace and Justice ©
Alabama Safari Park ©
Alabama Safari Park

6
nights
Auburn

Auburn ©
Auburn is a city in Lee County, Alabama, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site and Kreher Preserve & Nature Center. Head to Tiger Town and Angel's Antiques and Flea Mallfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Auburn side-trips: Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail (in Dadeville), The Oaks - Home of Booker T. Washington (in Tuskegee) and Lake Martin (in Alexander City). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Toomer's Corner, explore the activities along Lake Wedowee/R. L. Harris Reservoir, immerse yourself in nature at Chewacla State Park, and explore and take pictures at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Auburn online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Montgomery to Auburn takes an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auburn

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eufaula, Opelika, Lake Wedowee/R. L. Harris Reservoir, The Oaks - Home of Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site ©
Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail ©
Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail
Kreher Preserve & Nature Center ©
Kreher Preserve & Nature Center

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