Destination guide

Enjoy Alabama at vacation home rentals

Alabama welcomes visitors with a full slate of Southern charm, served up at tasty barbeque joints in picturesque small towns, Saturday college-football games packed with spirited fans and countless historic sites in the capital city and beyond. From the sandy beaches and family-friendly attractions of the Gulf Coast, to Space Camp in the high-tech city of Huntsville to the north, there are endless spots to enjoy the state and an Alabama vacation rental puts you in the heart of it all. Once you've picked your perfect spot, it's off for nature-filled adventures along rivers and forests or museum-hopping in the city.

Things to do

Attractions near Alabama vacation rentals

With golf courses, botanical gardens, water parks and museums ready to welcome Alabama travelers, packing days with fun-filled attractions is an easy task. If you've selected an Alabama vacation rental in the northern part of the state, a visit to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville is a must. The museum is packed with space history and memorabilia that teaches visitors about the Space Race and shuttle program, as well as an IMAX theater with thrilling films. Outside, you can get an up-close look at the missiles, rockets and shuttles on display. Day and summer camps are available for kids to get a more immersive experience.

Activities

Things to do near Alabama vacation homes

No visit to Alabama would be complete without a look into the history of the state, and the capital city of Montgomery is a great place to start. Civil rights sites are significant here, from a memorial to the movement and a museum dedicated to Rosa Parks, to the church and home where Dr. Martin Luther King spent his time. Take a drive along the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail to trace the path voting-rights marchers followed in the 1960s, before paying a visit to the interactive Old Depot Museum in Selma, where state heritage is traced back to prehistoric times.

Weather

Local weather for the trip to Alabama vacation homes

Fall brings colorful changing leaves along the Tennessee River Valley to the north and is perfect for exploring trails and caves in state parks and national forests. Springtime in the southern part of the state means clear, sunny days that are perfect for the beach, and temperatures that quickly soar into the 80s and beyond. Summers can get a bit hot and humid throughout the state, so stick to the shoulder seasons for spending time outdoors. If you're heading to a hotspot like Gulf Shores during busier spring or summer breaks, be sure to reserve your Alabama vacation rental early to make sure you secure your ideal dates.

Natural features

The great outdoors in Alabama

From the Tennessee River Valley in the north to the beaches of Gulf State Park in the south, Alabama brims with natural wonders that are prime for exploring. The 35,000-acre Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to spot a dozen or so protected species of wildlife, as well as sandhill cranes and other migrating birds in winter. Hiking opportunities abound in 4 national forests around the state, where 100s of miles of trails run along pine forests, hardwood swamps, flowing waterfalls and large lakes. Head to Talladega National Forest to discover breathtaking vistas from Mount Cheaha, Alabama's highest point.

Beaches

Best beaches near Alabama vacation homes

Alabama boasts beautiful beaches for sunbathing, swimming, and adventure. Vacation rentals are available near places like Gulf State Park, a scenic beach with nature trails, pier fishing, and zip lining, and Gulf Shores Public Beach, a tranquil coastline beach with soft sand and swimming and watersport opportunities. You'll also like Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, a beach preserve with sea turtles, migratory birds, and other wildlife.

Food and drink

Sample Southern cuisine in Alabama

The cuisine in Alabama reflects the culinary traditions of the American South, which includes African, English, Irish, Spanish, and Native American cuisine. Pan-fried chicken, grits, country ham, hush puppies, fried green tomatoes, and fruit preserves are popular ingredients in the South, though Alabama’s specialty is catfish prepared in a variety of recipes. If you want to experience the comfort food of the South, visit a restaurant near your Alabama vacation rental.

Can I find a vacation rental around Alabama?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 11,730 vacation rentals near Alabama. From 2,466 Houses to 406 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Alabama for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Alabama?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Alabama. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Gulf Shores: 11,343 vacation rentals
  • Orange Beach: 9,399 vacation rentals
  • Dauphin Island: 893 vacation rentals
  • Fort Morgan: 5,089 vacation rentals
  • Gulf Shores Beach: 9,674 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Alabama! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Alabama?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Alabama:

  • Gulf Shores: 11,343 rentals
  • Orange Beach: 9,399 rentals
  • Dauphin Island: 893 rentals
  • Fort Morgan: 5,089 rentals
  • Perdido Beach: 5,870 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Alabama?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Alabama are:

  • Gulf Shores, AL (GUF-Jack Edwards): 10,637 vacation rentals
  • Tuskegee, AL (TGE-Sharpe Field): 239 vacation rentals
  • Mobile Regional Airport (MOB): 45 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Alabama?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Alabama. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fort Morgan: 5,466 rentals
  • Smith Lake Park: 121 rentals
  • Gulf Shores Golf Club: 10,546 rentals
  • The Wharf: 10,658 rentals
  • Gulf State Park: 10,719 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Alabama listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Alabama

Gulf Shores
11,343 vacation rentals
Orange Beach
9,399 vacation rentals
Dauphin Island
893 vacation rentals
Fort Morgan
5,089 vacation rentals
Perdido Beach
5,870 vacation rentals
Fairhope
233 vacation rentals
Mentone
111 vacation rentals
Mobile
4,053 vacation rentals
Birmingham
78 vacation rentals
Foley
9,878 vacation rentals
Guntersville
144 vacation rentals
Tuscaloosa
154 vacation rentals
Huntsville
173 vacation rentals
Auburn
174 vacation rentals
Montgomery
91 vacation rentals
Dadeville
202 vacation rentals
Scottsboro
131 vacation rentals
Florence
81 vacation rentals
Ft Payne
83 vacation rentals
Daphne
3,252 vacation rentals