Sweet Home Alabama, probably best known for Saturdays on the quad whether you’re a Roll Tide fan or an AU Tigers fan, football is definitely rooted deep in the south.
What else is Alabama known for? Amazing places to visit, good food, good times and lots of history. When the Tide or Tigers aren’t playing and you’re ready to get out of the house and explore the outdoors, I have a few places I would suggest visiting.
Places to Visit in Alabama
- Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park: Tons of walking trails, not too busy, cabins, campsites, water, deer and it takes you back in history.
- Dismals Canyon: National Natural landmark located in Phil Campbell, moderate hike, stream, waterfowl, the only place you can book a tour at night and see rare glow worms.
- The Pizza Bar: A landmark in Carbon Hill Alabama, known for its famous ham and cheese sandwich but believe me, it’s not your average sandwich. People travel from all over the south to try one of these and you’ll want to take one to go!
- The Rattlesnake Saloon: Located in a huge natural rock shelter in the Appalachian foothills of northwest Alabama, the Rattlesnake Saloon delivers old-fashioned Western charm in a stunning natural environment. While the cave site is currently full of burger-slinging, beer-drinking, and line dancing, its proximity to one of Alabama’s most important archaeological sites means it may once have housed some of the state’s original inhabitants: Paleolithic Native Americans.
- Tigers for Tomorrow: A non-profit 501-c-3 Wild Animal Preserve and Environmental Educational Center, home to over 160 animals including tigers, mountain lions, African lions, bears, wolves, black leopards and so many more wonderful animals. As a last-stop preserve, the animals that come to live here for the rest of their lives. Located on 140 acres in Dekalb County, Alabama.
- Natural Bridge: 60-ft.-high, 148-ft.-long rock bridge is the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. It spans scenic natural areas, forests, and wilderness. Nature paths, picnic areas, and a gift shop are available for visitors.
- Cheaha Mountain: Located inside Talladega National Forest, Cheaha State Park has good hiking with access to the Appalachian Trail as well as other trails. There’s even a trail for ATV riders if you’d rather ride than hike through nature.
- Fly fishing: If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to fly fish or try your luck catching rainbow trout (yes you read that correct Rainbow trout in Alabama), then Riverside Fly Shop is your next place to visit. Located near Jasper, Riverside Fly shop is a full-service shop seeking to support and advance the sport of fly fishing. Not sure if fly fishing is for you? They encourage you to come in and get their “Give it a try package” rent: boots, waders, and a rod for $45.
- Shark Tooth Creek: located in Aliceville. Have you ever wanted to find shark teeth? Well, you can find not only shark teeth but fossils millions of years old. Canoeing, camping, fishing, and swimming. It’s by appointment only so check out their website for more info.
- The Gulf Coast: Whether your destination is Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island, or Orange Beach, there are so many fun, family-friendly, inexpensive, or even free things to do and see on the Alabama Coast. Sip on a mudslide at the Flora-Bama, nature hike, bird watch in the Gulf State Park, walking trails at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, take a ferry to Dauphin Island, or get a history lesson at Fort Morgan. Eat fresh seafood at many local favorites and enjoy just a stroll on the beach.
Alabama has so many great places to see and visit. You’re also giving back to conservation efforts when you visit these awesome places. You help to strengthen the public’s appreciation of the country’s natural heritage. Visit a national Natural landmark!