The area of northwestern Alabama known as The Shoals is home to several well-known Alabama attractions. Tuscumbia is Helen Keller’s birthplace and home, Sheffield is home to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and Florence is a beautiful river city with a rich history. There is also a wide variety of outdoor recreation to enjoy at Pickwick Lake, Wheeler Lake, Wilson Lake and Coldwater Falls.
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What To See & Do
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Home to two 18-hole championship courses, “The Fighting Joe” and “The Schoolmaster.”
FAME Recording Studios
Step back in time at the studio where Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Etta James, Otis Redding and others have recorded hit songs.
Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Museum
An American treasure, this house was built in 1939 and is the only Wright house in the southeast open to the public.
Alabama Music Hall of Fame
This site honors the musical achievements of Alabamians such as Tammy Wynette, the Commodores, Nat King Cole and Hank Williams.
Helen Keller’s Birthplace and Home
Built in 1820, Helen Keller’s home is located in Tuscumbia. See firsthand where this admired woman overcame her handicaps.
W.C. Handy Home, Museum and Library
See original sheet music, photos and other memorabilia of blues musician and composer W.C. Handy.
Where To Stay
Located in Waterloo, this campground is open year-round and has 60 sites. Primitive camping is allowed.
Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
The hotel has 200 guest rooms that overlook the Tennessee River and Wilson Dam.
Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge
This lodge offers a picturesque view and is situated on First Creek, just off the Tennessee River.
Located on the waters of Wilson Lake, this resort offers waterfront cottages, private piers, a waterfall pool, quail hunting, fishing and more.
Where To Eat
An old-fashioned sandwich shop in operation since 1918, Trowbridge’s is known for its signature orange-pineapple ice cream.
A truly unique dining experience in the shadows of a local cave. Stick around at night for live music and karaoke.
Located in downtown Tuscumbia, this down-home restaurant features Southern home-style cooking.
New Orleans Transfer
Cravin' Cajun? This spicy spot brings the cuisine out of Louisiana and to Muscle Shoals.
Known for its FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals has made several contributions to popular music. Located in northwestern Alabama in The Shoals area, this city has a population of more than 12,000. It has become known as the fastest-growing city in northwest Alabama. Only about 30 miles south of Tennessee and 20 miles east of Mississippi, this city is rich in culture.
Situated along the meandering Tennessee River at the base of the foothills of the Appalachians is a region ablaze with beauty, bustling activity, rich heritage and distinctive cities. One of these is Tuscumbia, which is home to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Valley Art Center, the Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard and Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Kel…
Getting there by plane
Getting there by car
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
The Northwest Alabama Regional Airport is served by Boutique Air and offers daily direct flights to and from Nashville and Atlanta.
Northwest Alabama Regional Airport
1729 T Ed Campbell Dr.
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
The Shoals area is accessible from Highway 72 or Highway 72A via Interstate 65.
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