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Huntsville & Decatur

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The Huntsville area is rich in history and technology. Alabama’s fourth-largest city is loaded with museums and cultural opportunities, while nearby Decatur offers outdoor recreation and historic attractions, including Victorian-era neighborhoods and a self-guided Civil War tour.

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What To See & Do

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U.S. Space & Rocket Center

See the historic Saturn V rocket and exhibits about the space program's past, present and future at this fully interactive museum.

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Decatur Civil War Walking Tour

Enjoy a historic, self-guided walking tour of Decatur’s Civil War sites.

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Huntsville Botanical Garden

Spread over 112 lush acres, the Huntsville Botanical Garden boasts 14 themed herb gardens and 675 varieties of day lilies.

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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Complete with an observation building, walking trails and an interpretive center, this refuge offers plenty of wildlife viewing.

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Point Mallard Park

Located in nearby Decatur, Point Mallard Park features a popular water park, year-round golf, campgrounds and a sports facility.

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Princess Theatre

With a series of renovations over the past few years, the Princess has become a popular place for music events.

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Hampton Cove is the northern terminus of the RTJ Trail, featuring 54 holes and the only Robert Trent Jones layout without a single bunker.

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Town of Mooresville

This 1818 village is the state's oldest incorporated town and features a post office with pre-Civil War call boxes.

Where To Stay

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Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa

This downtown Huntsville hotel and spa is adjacent to the Von Braun Center and only a minute from Hampton Cove Golf Course.

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U.S. Space & Rocket Center RV Park

The RV park features 27 lots, Wi-Fi, full power and water hookups, laundry and bathrooms.

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Dogwood Manor

Experience Southern hospitality in an elegant English atmosphere. Dogwood Manor is perfect for business travelers and honeymooners.

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Point Mallard Campground

Open year-round, this Good Sam park has 25 wooded acres.

Where To Eat

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Cotton Row Restaurant

Seasonal and local ingredients dictate the menu at James Boyce's Cotton Row, which is housed in an 1821 historic building.

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Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q

Credited with creating white barbecue sauce, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q has grown from a makeshift table to three locations.

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Albany Bistro

Albany Bistro combines modern comfort and classic taste, from the food to the décor. They also use seasonal, locally grown ingredients.

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Simp McGhee’s

Simp McGhee’s serves a variety of Cajun-inspired seafood and beef dishes in a quaint, elegant atmosphere.

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Area Towns

  • Athens

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    Located in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in North Alabama, Athens is home to friendly people, thriving businesses and a host of leisure activities.

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  • Decatur

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    Decatur has several Civil War sites and is well known for its historic homes, commercial buildings and parks.

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  • Falkville

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    Named after Louis M. Falk, Falkville is located in Morgan County, with a population of a little more than 1,000.

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  • Hartselle

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    The second largest city in Morgan County, Hartselle boasts a population of more than 14,000 and considers itself the "City of Southern Hospitality." Located about 10 miles from Decatur, Hartselle was established in 1870 and named for George Hartselle, one of the founders. The city was strategically placed along the South and North Alabama Railroad.

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  • Harvest

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    In Madison County in North Alabama, Harvest has a population of more than 5,000 and was part of Cherokee lands until about 1810.

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  • Huntsville

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    Huntsville is nicknamed “The Rocket City” because it is the birthplace of the U.S. space program

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  • Madison

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    Located a convenient 11 miles from Huntsville in North Alabama, Madison has a population of more than 43,000. The city has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the "10 Best Places to Grow Up" and by CNN Money as one of the "100 Best Places to Live."

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  • Mooresville

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    Located in Limestone County in North Alabama, Mooresville was the primary filming location for Disney's Tom and Huck.

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  • Owens Crossroads

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    Located in Madison County, Owens Crossroads was named for Thomas P. Owens, the first postmaster appointed in 1869. It was incorporated in 1967.

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Getting there by plane
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Getting there by bus or train

Huntsville International Airport is served by seven airlines and offers nonstop service to and from nine destinations in the United States, including Atlanta, Dallas/Forth Worth, Charlotte and Chicago.

Huntsville International Airport
1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd.
Huntsville, AL 35824

(256) 772-9395

hsvairport.org

Huntsville is accessible via Interstate 565, a spur that connects to Interstate 65 in Decatur.

Greyhound offers daily bus service, including holidays, to and from Huntsville. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station. Hours of operation are subject to change. Call to verify information before making travel plans.

601 Monroe St.
Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 534-1681

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