9 days in Alabama Itinerary

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Huntsville
— 1 night
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Birmingham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montgomery
— 1 night
Drive
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Mobile
— 1 night
Drive
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Gulf Shores
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Monte Sano State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Kids Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with U.S. Space and Rocket Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Huntsville Botanical Garden, and then stroll around Big Spring Park.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Huntsville tour builder app.

Newark to Huntsville is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, subway, and bus. Traveling from Newark to Huntsville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in May: high temperatures in Huntsville hover around 79°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Birmingham.
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Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums
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Birmingham — 2 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
On the 15th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, then browse the exhibits of Vulcan Park and Museum, then don't miss a visit to Alabama Veterans Memorial Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 16th Street Baptist Church, then get engrossed in the history at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and finally grab your bike and head to Rotary Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Birmingham trip planner.

Getting from Huntsville to Birmingham by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Birmingham can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Montgomery.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Montgomery — 1 night

Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. On the 17th (Wed), contemplate the long history of First White House of the Confederacy, then pause for some photo ops at National Memorial for Peace and Justice, then admire the masterpieces at Legacy Museum, and finally make a trip to Jackson Lake Island.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Montgomery trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Birmingham to Montgomery by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mobile.
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Mobile — 1 night

On the 18th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Bellingrath Gardens and Home, learn about all things military at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mobile trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Montgomery to Mobile by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Mobile are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gulf Shores.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Gulf Shores — 3 nights

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Step out of Gulf Shores with an excursion to Fort Morgan Historic Site in Fort Morgan--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlets Foley, and go for a stroll along the water at The Wharf.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gulf Shores road trip planning website.

Getting from Mobile to Gulf Shores by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Alabama travel guide

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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.
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