9 days in Alabama Itinerary

9 days in Alabama Itinerary

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9 days in Alabama Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Birmingham
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Huntsville
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
3
Orange Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dauphin Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1
night
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and then get great views at Vulcan Park and Museum. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Birmingham Zoo, get curious at McWane Science Center, then get engrossed in the history at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of 16th Street Baptist Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Birmingham trip itinerary planning app .

Fort Lauderdale to Birmingham is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Birmingham due to the time zone difference. In April, Birmingham is a bit cooler than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Huntsville.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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McWane Science Center ©
McWane Science Center
Birmingham Zoo ©
Birmingham Zoo
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum ©
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

2
nights
Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
On the 18th (Thu), engage your brain at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, then take in nature's colorful creations at Huntsville Botanical Garden, and then immerse yourself in nature at Monte Sano State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Unclaimed Baggage Center, Head underground at Cathedral Caverns State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Harmony Park Safari.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Huntsville trip planner.

Drive from Birmingham to Huntsville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Huntsville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cathedral Caverns State Park, Unclaimed Baggage
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Harmony Park Safari ©
Harmony Park Safari
U.S. Space and Rocket Center ©
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Cathedral Caverns State Park ©
Cathedral Caverns State Park

3
nights
Orange Beach

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gulf State Park and Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Parasailing & Paragliding will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Holmes Medical Museum in Foley (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, meet the residents at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and stop by Souvenir City of Orange Beach.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Huntsville to Orange Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Orange Beach when traveling from Huntsville in April, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Dauphin Island.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Gulf Shores, Holmes Medical Museum
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding
Gulf State Park ©
Gulf State Park

2
nights
Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Fort Gaines, and then browse the exhibits of Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. On the next day, play a few rounds at Isle Dauphine Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Dauphin Island Public Beach.

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Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Orange Beach to Dauphin Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in April, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dauphin Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium
Fort Gaines ©
Fort Gaines
Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary ©

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