8 days in Alabama Itinerary

8 days in Alabama Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Birmingham
— 3 nights
2
Orange Beach
— 4 nights

3
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Birmingham: Unclaimed Baggage (in Scottsboro) and Little River Canyon National Preserve (in Fort Payne). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at McWane Science Center, don't miss a visit to Alabama Veterans Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and get to know the resident critters at Birmingham Zoo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Birmingham trip itinerary planner.

Chicago to Birmingham is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chicago in September, you will find days in Birmingham are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Unclaimed Baggage, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Little River Canyon National Preserve
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U.S. Space and Rocket Center ©
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
McWane Science Center ©
McWane Science Center
Birmingham Zoo ©
Birmingham Zoo

4
nights
Orange Beach

Orange Beach
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cruise Orange Beach Dolphin Cruises as well as Orange Beach Sailing Charters and Sunset Cruises. Family-friendly places like Gulf State Park Fishing Pier and Gulf State Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Alligator Alley in Summerdale (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Wharf Ferris Wheel, see the interesting displays at Holmes Medical Museum, and look for gifts at Pepper Palace.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Orange Beach day trip tool.

Drive from Birmingham to Orange Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gulf Shores, Holmes Medical Museum, Alligator Alley
Highlights from your plan
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Gulf State Park ©
Gulf State Park
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier ©
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier

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