Home to the team of scientists who tested the rockets that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon, Alabama’s high-tech city of Huntsville has something for every curious visitor. Surrounded by rolling hills and the Tennessee River valley, Huntsville or Rocket City, has plenty of nooks and corners where one can kick back, relax, and leisurely explore the cultural attractions, nightlife, sporting events, or hiking trails. Since the nearest airport is 10 miles north of the city, consider renting a car so you can conveniently navigate through the beautiful countryside en route to the historic town center.
As a destination that still retains its innovative streak, visitors have to check out the renowned space program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Ever since the birthplace of America’s Space Program opened in the 1970s, millions of people have visited the center, which holds one of the largest space collections in the world. From the history of aerospace design, to engaging with hands-on exhibits, and testing-out exciting space simulators, there’s no shortage of things to see or learn here.
For a taste of Huntsville’s city vibe, spend the day at the vibrant Bridge Street Town Center. Visitors can peruse over 70 upscale shops and restaurants tucked away within a luxurious park-like setting next to a lake and walking trails. If you’re looking for entertainment options in the evening, be sure to check out what’s on at the Von Braun Center. As a major hub for all kinds of events, the center beckons anyone looking to catch a music concert, theater production, symphony, or sports event including hockey, basketball, and more.
Art buffs will be delighted to know that Huntsville is also a hotspot for innovative arts festivals such as the three-day, annual Panoply Arts Festival in the spring that takes over Big Spring Park downtown. Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, a private arts facility that was once a historic textile mill, is also a popular attraction and acts as a thriving community space for local artists and creative entrepreneurs. Looking for a slice of history with breathtaking city views? Travel back in time and drive over to Burritt on the Mountain, an open-air museum overlooking Huntsville and home to the mansion of Dr. William Burritt.
But that’s not all. There’s even something for nature lovers who want to get away and explore the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. Perched on Monte Sano Mountain, visitors can drive a short distance away to Monte Sano State Park to enjoy the majestic mountains of North Alabama, where camping, hiking, star-gazing, and biking awaits.
Take advantage of your time in Huntsville where art, science, and culture collide and rent a car with jus at Orbitz, so you can explore the area with ease. We cater to every customer’s needs with guaranteed low rates and a variety of rentals from comfortable SUVs to eco-friendly compact cars to choose from.