8 days in Alabama Itinerary

8 days in Alabama Itinerary

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Orange Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Montgomery
— 1 night
Drive
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Birmingham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huntsville
— 1 night
Fly

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Orange Beach

— 1 night
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then pause for some photo ops at Bamahenge. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and then take in the waterfront activity at The Wharf.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Orange Beach travel route planner.

Portland to Orange Beach is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In April, Orange Beach is a bit warmer than Portland - with highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Montgomery

— 1 night
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. On the 15th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Rosa Parks Museum, then pause for some photo ops at National Memorial for Peace and Justice, then take an in-depth tour of Freedom Rides Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Legacy Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Montgomery visit app.

Traveling by car from Orange Beach to Montgomery takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Montgomery are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Birmingham.

Things to do in Montgomery

Museums · Historic Sites

Birmingham

— 2 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
On the 16th (Fri), grab your bike and head to Rotary Trail, then take an in-depth tour of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at Red Clay Tours. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Vulcan Park and Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Birmingham Zoo, then examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Alabama Veterans Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Birmingham trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Montgomery to Birmingham by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Birmingham are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Huntsville.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Huntsville

— 1 night

Rocket City

The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get curious at U.S. Space and Rocket Center and then take in nature's colorful creations at Huntsville Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Huntsville holiday planning website.

Getting from Birmingham to Huntsville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Huntsville

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Alabama travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Historic Sites
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.