8 days in Alabama Itinerary

8 days in Alabama Itinerary

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8 days in Alabama Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Birmingham
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
2
Orange Beach
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Family-friendly places like U.S. Space and Rocket Center and McWane Science Center will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Birmingham: Unclaimed Baggage Center (in Scottsboro) and Little River Canyon National Preserve (in Fort Payne). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Birmingham Zoo, make a trip to Alabama Veterans Memorial Park, and get engrossed in the history at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Birmingham vacation planner.

Chicago to Birmingham is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Chicago in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Birmingham, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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 The Wharf and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo will thrill your kids. Take a break from Orange Beach with a short trip to Alligator Alley in Summerdale, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park, get engrossed in the history at Holmes Medical Museum, take in the waterfront at Gulf State Park Fishing Pier, and enjoy breathtaking views from Wharf Ferris Wheel.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Birmingham to Orange Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gulf Shores, Alligator Alley, Holmes Medical Museum
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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo ©
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Cruise Orange Beach Dolphin Cruises ©
The Wharf ©
The Wharf

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