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Best Alabama Package Vacations - The Heart of Dixie

Friendly, beautiful, and full of Southern charm – an Alabama vacation takes you to one of the Gulf Coast’s best-kept secrets. Filled with natural wonders – and some amazing man-made ones too - Alabama is the perfect place for a family vacation. Enjoy some Southern hospitality and take a quick tour of the Heart of Dixie with our travel guide.

Why Vacation in Alabama?

Alabama has the same warmth, friendliness, and glamor as its next-door-neighbor Florida, but without the crowds. Alabama as a vacation destination is relaxed, easy going and charming, welcoming families and couples alike. The natural beauty of the state makes it a magnet for hikers and anyone who loves the outdoors, while the miles of sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico makes it perfect for a beach vacation, too.

Must-See Alabama Attractions

US Space and Rocket Center Museum, Huntsville

If you love anything to do with space exploration, then this magical center offers you a glimpse into the history of the US space program, complete with a Saturn V rocket as its centerpiece and a life-size replica of a space shuttle.

Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay

This historically important fort was named after Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan, and dates back to 1834. It’s a beautifully preserved site that’s easily reached at the end of State Route 180.

Helen Keller’s home, Tuscumbia

One of America’s truly inspirational women, Helen Keller, went on to become a famous author, political activist, and campaigner, despite her disabilities. Her home in Tuscumbia is preserved as a memorial to her life and work.

Top Vacation Destinations in Alabama

1.Gulf Shores – This pretty coastal city sits on the Gulf Coast and is blessed with stunning white beaches and a fabulous natural ecosystem that attracts tourists all year round. It’s popular for water sports lovers, with everything from boogie boarding to sailing, water skiing and diving on offer.

2.Orange Beach – Alabama’s top beach spot is great for beach lovers. It sits on the Alabama Gulf Coast and is almost the twin of Gulf Shores, offering visitors the same chilled-out vibe. There are plenty of Alabama hotels next to the white-powered sands, and dozens of great restaurants, shops, and boutiques to explore.

3.Athens – if you want a family vacation with some proper southern hospitality then head to Athens during July for the Kiddie Carnival. While you’re here you can also visit the Veterans Museum and Archives or use this historic town as your base to explore the region.

4.Florence – This pretty city is home to several excellent museums, including the Florence Indian Mound & Museum, and the Children’s Museum of the Shoals, which documents the history of the Shoal people.

5.Birmingham – Alabama’s largest city is packed with plenty to see and do. It’s great for sports lovers, with the Sports Hall of Fame on Richard Arrington Jr Blvd. The ‘Magic City’ is also set to host the 2021 World Games.

6.Dauphin Island – this tiny barrier island sits in the Gulf of Mexico off Mobile Bay and is home to Fort Gaines, historical sites, and some amazing seafood restaurants. There’s evidence of human habitation dating back an incredible 1500 years.

7.Madison – A quiet and sleepy little town, Madison sits on the northern border of Alabama and is historically one of the most important locations in the state. Take a tour of the key sites of the Madison battle during the Civil War or find out more about the history of the indigenous Koasati people.

Best Time to Visit Alabama

Sunny, warm and with an average annual temperature of around 64°F, Alabama is a great spot for a vacation all year round. You may encounter cooler temperatures to the north, and the state park around the Appalachian Mountains sees plenty of snow during the winter. Summers can be very hot with temperatures of up to 90°F, so the shoulder seasons of spring and fall are often better times to visit for cooler temperatures and lower humidity.

Getting Around Alabama

The best way to see Alabama is by car. Car rentals are available at all major points, such as airports. There are six major interstate roads, with the I-65 running north to south and the I-10 east to west. The port of Mobile is a popular cruise stopping point, while airports serve Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, and Huntsville.

Top Rated Hotels for your Alabama Vacation

Hilton The Lodge at Gulf State Park, AL
Hilton The Lodge at Gulf State Park, AL
3.5 out of 5.0 21196 East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL
Free Cancellation
$162
4.3/5 (22 reviews)

We will definitely be coming back this is our new favorite place to stay. It’s not crowded, the whole place is very clean and all staff has been friendly

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020
Guests of Hilton The Lodge at Gulf State Park, AL have access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. Valet parking is available ...
Perdido Beach Resort
Perdido Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5.0 27200 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL
$220
4.7/5 (75 reviews)

I love this place everything is clean friendly staff Right now isn’t easy to go on vacation but this place you feel like home safe

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020
Perdido Beach Resort features a private beach, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool. There's free parking and an area shuttle for a fee. Front-desk staff can ...
Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach/Gulf Front
Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach/Gulf Front
2.5 out of 5.0 25518 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL
Free Cancellation
$201
4.3/5 (38 reviews)

The staff could not have been nicer. The ONLY negative thing I could say is that there is no restaurant on site so room service is not an option.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020
Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach/Gulf Front features an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Free parking is available if you drive. The 24-hour ...

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