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One Tank Trip for Alabama Camping
Total mileage / average drive time:
194 miles – 3 hours, 21 minutes
The most likely place to leave your heart in the South? Alabama. Warm and balmy nearly year-round,
Alabama offers a whole array of outdoor activities — hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. Home to some of the nation’s most beautiful lakes and woodlands, Alabama also has a
fascinating history you can explore at its many museums and historical sites.
Your first stop is Huntsville. Nicknamed “The Rocket City,” this high-tech city has a five-decade-long history of developing
space technologies. Its U.S. Space and Rocket Center houses an amazing array of space program artifacts and is recognized as having one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of U.S. space flight hardware. Learn of Huntsville’s role in the space race, the making of the moon rocket, and what’s in store for the future of space exploration. Climb aboard the G-Force Accelerator, watch a movie on the giant IMAX screen, and grab a bite at the Rocket City Diner before blasting off to your next destination, Birmingham.
102 miles – 1 hour, 44 minutes
The quintessential southern city, Birmingham combines classic charm and hospitality with the beauty of the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Stop first at the Birmingham Museum of Art, which houses one of the finest art collections in the Southeast representing a rich panorama of cultures from Asian to Native American. Don’t miss the museum’s Wedgewood collection, the largest collection outside of England. At the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, all of the greatest jazz legends — from crooner Nat King Cole to bandleader Duke Ellington — are immortalized with interactive exhibits. For a nature break, head to Ruffner Mountain, a 1,000-acre nature preserve just five miles from the city center that has 10 miles of hiking trails traversing the ridge top and valleys. Bargain hunters are going to love the Riverchase Galleria, touted as Alabama’s #1 tourist attraction and boasting one of the largest skylights in the nation and more than 200 shops. Shop, dine, relax, and find some great gifts to take home with you.
92.2 miles – 1 hour, 37 minutes
Head back to I-65S for the scenic drive to beautiful Montgomery. The capital city is awash in history, its most dramatic times stretching from the Civil War to the Civil Rights struggle. Explore this legacy at the city’s museums and historical sites. Also be sure to visit the Hank Williams Museum, where many of the famous country singer/songwriter’s personal belongings are on display. From here, head over to Old Alabama Town where you can view more than 40 restored structures depicting life in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including the Lucas Tavern, Grange Hall, a cotton gin, and several well-preserved homes from the era. Of course you can’t visit the state capital without visiting the Alabama State Capitol Building where Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as the President of the Confederate States of America and where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave one of his most stirring speeches at the end of the famous Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights March in 1965.
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