5 days in Alabama Itinerary

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Orange Beach
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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, then go for a stroll along the water at The Wharf, and then stop by Pepper Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park, and then take in panoramic vistas at Wharf Ferris Wheel.

For photos and tourist information, use the Orange Beach online travel planner.

New York City to Orange Beach is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in April, expect Orange Beach to be a bit warmer, temps between 75°F and 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Huntsville.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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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.
On the 4th (Tue), examine the collection at Weeden House Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Huntsville Botanical Garden, then see the sky in a new way at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Huntsville trip planner.

Getting from Orange Beach to Huntsville by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Orange Beach in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Huntsville, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Birmingham.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Shopping
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Birmingham — 2 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at McWane Science Center, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Birmingham Zoo, then take some stellar pictures from Vulcan Park and Museum, then stroll through Rotary Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Birmingham online day trip planner.

Drive from Huntsville to Birmingham in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Birmingham are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums
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Alabama travel guide

Military Museums · Dolphin & Whale Watching · 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.