From stunning beaches to historic landmarks and lively cities, our state offers a number of memorable experiences to be had. Here are some of Alabama's top cities to consider for your next weekend getaway.

Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

With their powder-white sands and beautiful waters, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are perfect for beach enthusiasts. Whether you're enjoying the sun, spending time on the water, or savoring fresh seafood at beachfront restaurants and bars, the Gulf Coast offers endless opportunities for relaxation and adventure.


Recognized as the "Rocket City," Huntsville is perfect for science enthusiasts and history buffs. Explore the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home to an impressive collection of space artifacts and interactive exhibits, including a towering Saturn V rocket replica. For a deeper dive into space exploration, venture to the nearby NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.


Nestled on the shore of Mobile Bay, Fairhope is known for its Southern charm and tranquil atmosphere. Stroll through the quaint downtown with oak-lined streets and boutique shops. Don't miss the picturesque Fairhope Pier and Park which offers panoramic views of the bay and opportunities for fishing and picnicking.


Home to Auburn University, this city offers a blend of college town energy and Southern hospitality. Catch a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium and experience the excitement of SEC football. Explore the university's campus, known for its architectural beauty and lush green spaces. Afterward, unwind with a stroll through downtown Auburn, dotted with unique shops and restaurants.


Tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains, Mentone offers a nice retreat for nature lovers. Explore the area's green forests, winding trails, and cascading waterfalls, including DeSoto Falls and Little River Canyon National Preserve. Relax in cozy cabins or browse local art galleries showcasing Appalachian artwork.

Cover Photo by Jonathan Sims