Alabama offers year round average temperatures of 68 degrees Fahrenheit and beautiful sandy, white beaches. No matter what season, Alabama is the perfect low-key destination where natural beauty and Southern hospitality are the central attraction.
The Gulf Shores encompass 32 miles of soft sand beaches that overlook the Gulf of Mexico. With sands in its front yard and forests in the backyard, the Gulf Shores is the perfect destination for the outdoorsy type.
The Bon Secour National Refuge is 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat that offers species spread across five countries. The beaches serve as nesting sites for loggerhead and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles while the forests attract mammals such as armadillos. The refuge is a must see for bird enthusiasts, with 370 species of winged wonders.
Four wars have been fought at the walls of Fort Morgan since 1834. What once served as a military defense fort is now registered as a National Historic Landmark where tourists can have an adventure filled history lesson.
With a three-story race car track, bumper boats, and miniature golf - this amusement park is perfect for a day of kid-friendly fun. Even the littlest ones will have a heyday in Kids Country, where they can ride the Rio Grande Train, carousel and Ferris wheel.
Life is good when the to-do list consists of indulging in romantic dining, going on nature hikes and playing laser tag. No wonder Orange Beach is considered a top family beach vacation spot.
For a bit of adventure, make your way to one of the Back Country Trails. Along the Middle Lake Trail can look for alligators floating in the canal or see fallen trees from Hurricane Frederic that hit the coast in 1979 on the Hurricane Ridge Trail.
Located in the heart of Orange Beach, Adventure Island features ultimate family excitement. The park features laser tag, go-karts, bumper boats, kiddie rides, and much more.
This off-the-beaten-path restaurant that puts new twists on local favorites - try the chicken roulade wrapped in bacon or the sesame seared tuna salad. Just be sure to sample the banana leaf wrapped fish, which was named one of "the top 100 dishes to eat before you die" by The Year of Alabama Food.
Experience the thrill of an Alabama football game in Tuscaloosa. The city, which sits on the banks of the Black Warrior River in west-central Alabama, is a hot spot for the pigskin and barbecue pork.
Bryant-Denny Stadium is home to the University of Alabama football team. From late August through January, the city comes alive with "Roll Tide" pride. Don an Alabama shirt, order a hot dog and prepare to get lost in the sea of red.
The Children's Hands-on Museum offers three floors of 24 exhibits where youngsters of all ages can explore, create and discover. Some of the newer exhibits include the replica of the wheelhouse of a towboat, the Once Upon a Farm, and the Creation Station.
This friendly joint serves up delicious barbecue in the form of rib plates, hickory smoked sausage and the slab of ribs. If you have any room left by dessert, opt for the banana pudding.