The Official Travel Site of Alabama

Planning Your Visit

Want to avoid warm weather or hope to catch the fall color change? Need help planning your route? You've come to the right place. Find climate information, suggested road trips and trails and tons of travel resources to help plan your trip to Alabama.

Alabama’s Climate

The majority of Alabama’s days are warm and sunny. Rainfall across the state is lowest in October and highest in March. Spring comes early, with a brilliant palette of colors and temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) daily by March. Summer days average in the 80s F (mid-20s C), with periods of heat in the 90s F (32 C) peaking in July.

In the cooler months of September, October and November, you usually won’t need more than a sweater or light jacket to stay warm. Severely cold weather is rare in Alabama, though snow flurries can be seen in the higher elevations of North Alabama. For Birmingham, the average low temperature in January is 33 F degrees, while the high is 54 F. In the coastal city of Mobile, the average January low is 40 F and the high 61 F.

Hurricane season extends from May to October in Alabama, while conditions for tornadoes are most common in March, April and November. The Alabama Emergency Management Association offers tips on how to be prepared for severe weather, and you can stay informed of Alabama weather conditions through the National Weather Service.

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When To Visit Alabama

Festive Summers

Climate: Hot, with average temperatures in the 80s and peaks in the 90s F in July.

Family-friendly Beaches

Summer is a perfect time to enjoy Alabama’s sugar-white beaches, which come alive in the warm-weather months with plenty of excellent food, vibrant night life, unique learning opportunities and fun for the whole family. From music festivals on the beach to activities just for kids, there is always a good time waiting for you on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Besides building sand castles, kids can also enjoy attractions such as The Track to fulfill their need for speed, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and many more.

Most-visited Attractions

While the kids are out of school, be sure to visit some of Alabama’s most popular attractions. Travel to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for an out-of-this-world experience, take the kids by the McWane Science Center in Birmingham or dive into the world of sea creatures at the Estuarium on Dauphin Island. Head to Mobile to tour the USS Alabama or explore the state's Capitol and visit the Montgomery Zoo.

Festivals & Events

Alabama is never lacking in things to do. Festivals celebrating food, art, culture, heritage and more take place across the state, from Fourth of July fireworks at Vulcan Park in Birmingham to the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores. Our calendar of events can tell you all about what's going on in Alabama during your visit.

Colorful Falls

Climate: Daytime temperatures in the 70s F, with lows in the 50s. You usually need only a sweater or light jacket through November. Rainfall is lowest in October.

Fall Color Trail

Alabama is beautiful throughout the year but especially in the fall. As the greens of summer surrender to glittering yellow poplars, scarlet dogwoods, orange maples and golden hickories, Alabama unfolds its patchwork quilt of color. Fall colors will begin showing in the mountains of North Alabama in early October and then sweep across the region. Colors will be at their best from late October to early November. Take the Fall Color Trail to make sure you catch the colors at their peak.

Hunting

Alabama is one of the premier states in the nation for hunting white-tailed deer and eastern wild turkey. Other species provide good hunting as well, including feral hogs, waterfowl, rabbits, squirrel, mourning doves and bobwhite quail. Here, hunting enthusiasts enjoy more than 1.3 million acres of public hunting land, including 37 Wildlife Management Areas as well as 17 areas designed for physically disabled hunters.

Most-visited Attractions

Be sure to visit some of Alabama’s most popular attractions. Travel to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for an out-of-this-world experience, take the kids by the McWane Science Center in Birmingham or dive into the world of sea creatures at the Estuarium on Dauphin Island. Head to Mobile to tour the USS Alabama or explore the state's Capitol and visit the Montgomery Zoo.

Mild Winters

Climate: Average daytime temperatures in the mid-50s F, with lows in the 30s. Severely cold weather — or even snow — are rare in Alabama, though flurries can be seen in the higher elevation of North Alabama.

Laid-back Beach Towns

During the winter, Alabama’s Gulf Coast offers a getaway for anyone wanting to escape frigid weather. Whether you’re looking for peaceful seclusion or adrenaline and night life, you’re sure to find an Alabama beach community that feels just right. In the winter, take advantage of easier access to historic sites and other local attractions.

Science & Discovery

Alabama is a destination for explorers of all ages. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors follow man's journey into space at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. They experience larger-than-life IMAX films at Birmingham's McWane Science Center and get back to nature at numerous museums and education centers. Whether you want to see a space shuttle up close or learn about the science of our solar system, let Alabama be the launch pad for your family's sense of wonder.

Mountain Escapes

A canvas of scenic beauty greets you year-round in the Lookout Mountain area of northeastern Alabama. This area boasts beautiful bed and breakfasts and renowned outdoor recreation, including Cloudmont Ski & Golf Resort, where you will find the only skiing in the state.

Sunny Springs

Climate: The majority of Alabama's spring days are warm and sunny. Rainfall across the state is highest in March, and temperatures average in the 60s F.

Plentiful Fishing

Whether you prefer saltwater or freshwater, Alabama has some of the Southeastern United States’ best fishing spots. You can charter a boat on Alabama's Gulf Coast and sail off after blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, amberjack, cobia, red snapper and more. If it's widemouth bass you're after, freshwater fishing destinations abound.

Year-round Golf

Stand on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Tennessee River and hit a tee shot over what seems to be a bottomless ravine. Stand on a bluff hovering above the Alabama River and watch your drive seemingly sail through the clouds then fall to a ribbon of fairway 200 feet below. These are the kinds of breathtaking shots you'll find up and down the world-famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and at other golf destinations throughout Alabama.

Alabama Road Trips

Spring is the perfect time to roll down your windows and cruise through Alabama. Our Alabama Road Trips give you plenty of destinations to choose from and make planning a breeze. From spring break at the beach to journeys back in time, you're sure to find a trip to cure your spring fever.

Visiting from outside Alabama?

If you're traveling to Alabama via major roadways, chances are you'll see one of our many Alabama Welcome Centers. Stop by and say hello and take advantage of our free hotel reservation service. Our Welcome Center receptionists will be happy to make your hotel or motel reservations anywhere in the state.

For your safety and convenience, please have the following travel documents with you at all times when visiting Alabama:

  • Valid driver's license or non-driver photo ID from your home state
  • Health insurance or travel insurance information
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Huntsville

The Rocket City is home to diverse destinations, from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to Monte Sano State Park.

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Birmingham

Retrace the Civil Rights Movement, taste award-winning dishes and explore the state’s largest zoo.

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Montgomery

Don’t miss the Rosa Parks Museum, the Hank Williams Museum and the renowned Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

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Mobile

Experience America’s oldest Mardi Gras, eat fresh catch from the Gulf and explore the historic USS Alabama.

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Joe Wheeler State Park

This state park features cabins, an 18-hole golf course, camping, marina, boat rentals and overnight docking. The picnic/day-use area includes group pavilions, picnic area with grills, playground equipment, sandy beach, fishing, hiking, tennis, basketball and horseshoes. Convention facilities are located at the resort lodge.

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Cathedral Caverns State Park

Enjoy a spectacular 1.5-hour cave tour daily. This park also includes a welcome center, picnic pavilions, playground and campground.

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Lake Guntersville & The Jackson County Mountains

This park features a lodge, 20 chalets, 15 cottages and an 18-hole golf course on a mountain. Enjoy more than 30 miles of hiking trails, picnicking and tennis. It's an American bald eagle winter home.

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Desoto Caverns State Park

Stop by and see falls that plunge 104 feet. Dense woodlands, seasonal wildflowers and spectacular views await.

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Monte Sano State Park

Located in the center of Huntsville, 2,140 natural acres provide 14 vacation cottages, camping, picnic areas and pavilions, hiking trails, playgrounds and flower gardens.

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Buck's Pocket State Park

Secluded in a natural mountain pocket, this site features modern and primitive camping facilities, picnic areas, hiking trails, fishing, a boat launch and a playground.

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Cheaha & Talladega State Park

This 2,799-acre mountaintop retreat is the highest point in Alabama. Take in the 30-unit resort inn, restaurant, vacation cottages, chalets, modern campground, picnic areas and pavilions, hiking and biking trails, play areas, and beautiful mountain scenery.

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Rickwood Caverns State Park

A miracle mile of underground caverns with 260-million-year-old limestone formations, cave tours, modern campsites, a swimming pool, a picnic area and a playground.

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Oak Mountain State Park

This beautiful, 9,940 acre park includes an 18-hole golf course, demonstration farm, horseback riding stable, swimming, campsites, cabins, picnic shelters, fishing, marina, bike and hiking trails.

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Gulf State Park

Stop by and enjoy a picnic area and boat launch lakeside, and a pavilion and 825-foot fishing pier on the Gulf.

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Lake Lurleen State Park

Lake Lurleen State Park is located on 250-acre lake with numerous options for outdoor recreation. Fishing, swimming, modern camping, picnic areas, playgrounds, boat launch, boat rentals, fishing pier and a bait and tackle shop is also available.

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Bladon Springs State Park

Centered around four mineral springs, this 357-acre park provides play areas, shelters, tables and grills for daytime family outings.

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Blue Springs State Park

Visit the spring-fed swimming pool and modern 50-site campground. Facilities include picnic shelters, tables, grills, comfort stations, a playground and tennis courts.

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Chewacla State Park

Chewacla State Park's 696 scenic acres are a delightful pause from nearby interstate traffic. Facilities include a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground, picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters, and newly renovated cabins.

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Chickasaw State Park

It's the ideal family reunion area! Stop by and enjoy large picnic pavilions, barbecue pits, a campground, hiking trails, play areas and a wading pool.

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Lake Jackson Rv Park

Visitors can enjoy a modern campground, meeting room, swimming area, playground and picnic facilities.

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Frank Jackson State Park

This state park has a 100-acre lake, swimming, picnic areas and pavilions, a boat launch, hiking trails, fishing opportunities and a modern campground with 32 campsites.

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Lakepoint State Park

The resort lodge includes a restaurant and convention facilities and is located on Lake Eufaula, “The Bass Capital of the World.” The resort also has a full-service marina, 29 cabins and opportunities for fishing, tennis, championship golf, picnicking and camping.

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Meaher State Park

Located on Mobile Bay, it provides visitors with fishing, hiking trails, picnic areas, a boat ramp, camping and a group pavilion.

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Paul Grist State Park

Located on a 100-acre lake, this park includes fishing, swimming, boat rentals, picnicking, improved and primitive camping, play areas and hiking trails.

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Roland Cooper State Park

Located on the 22,000-acre Dannelly Reservoir, this park includes a nine-hole golf course, vacation cottages, campground, picnic area, pavilions, hiking, boating, fishing and play areas.

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Wind Creek State Park

Park facilities include camp store, marina, play areas, hiking trails, heated restrooms and showers, picnic pavilions, 210-ft. fishing pier. Fully equipped, modern campground; each site provides picnic table, grill, water and electricity.

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Point Mallard Park

This 750-acre park has camping, hiking trails, biking trails and a golf course. The Aquatic Center features a wave pool, Olympic-size diving pool, water slides and kiddie pools. The park also features a year-round ice skating complex.

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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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Huntsville Botanical Garden

In addition to 112 acres of beautiful gardens and walking paths, you will find a gift shop, tearoom, picnic areas and a pavilion. Seasonal attractions include a butterfly house, the Spring Festival of Flowers, a Scarecrow Trail and the Galaxy of Lights.

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EarlyWorks Children's History Museum

Enjoy a unique, hands-on experience where visitors interact with history.

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McWane Science Center

Discover the science of fun through hands-on exhibits, aquariums, educational programs and IMAX Dome films. Adventures in learning await your visit.

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Birmingham Zoo

Featuring Trails of Africa, Predator Zone and much more, the Birmingham Zoo is home to almost 800 animals representing more than 200 species from six continents.

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Montgomery Zoo

The Montgomery Zoo has 40 acres of habitats from five continents with naturalistic, barrier-free exhibits and more than 600 animals.

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USS Alabama

Explore the mighty battleship, winner of nine battle stars in World War II. See a Mach 3 A-12 Blackbird supersecret spy plane and a B-52 stratofortress Calamity Jane, submarine the USS DRUM, an original plane that was used by the Tuskegee Airmen, plus 22 other aircraft and weaponry from all branches of the military.

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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Enjoy 16 acres with more than 250 exotic animals in natural habitats.

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Vulcan Park and Museum

Vulcan Park and Museum features spectacular panoramic views of Birmingham and surrounding areas from an open-air observation balcony atop the statue’s 124-foot pedestal.

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Ardmore Welcome Center

Limestone County • I-65 south of TN line
28232 Upper Elkton Road
Elkmont, AL 35620
Phone: (256) 423-3891
Fax: (256) 423-3890
Ardmore.Center@Tourism.Alabama.gov

DeKalb Welcome Center

DeKalb County • I-59 west of GA line
P.O. Box 152
Valley Head, AL 35989
Phone: (256) 635-6522
Fax: (256) 635-6526
dekalb.center@tourism.alabama.gov

Cleburne Welcome Center

Cleburne County • I-20 west of GA line
P.O. Box 85
Heflin, AL 36264
Phone: (256) 748-4303
Fax: (256) 748-2031
cleburne.center@tourism.alabama.gov

Lanett Welcome Center

Chambers County • I-85 west of GA line
P.O. Box 23
Valley, AL 36854
Phone: (334) 576-2116
Fax: (334) 576-8574
lanett.center@tourism.alabama.gov

Sumter Welcome Center

Sumter County • I-20/59 east of MS line
P.O. Box 216
Cuba, AL 36907
Phone: (205) 392-5443
Fax: (205) 392-9102
sumter.center@tourism.alabama.gov

Grand Bay Welcome Center

Mobile County • I-10 east of MS line
P.O. Drawer 626
Grand Bay, AL 36541
Phone: (251) 865-4741
Fax: (251) 865-4499
grandbay.center@tourism.alabama.gov

Baldwin Welcome Center

Baldwin County • I-10 west of FL line
P.O. Box 2000
Robertsdale, AL 36567
Phone: (251) 946-3375
Fax: (251) 946-3150
baldwin.center@tourism.alabama.gov

Houston Welcome Center

Houston County • U.S. 231 north of FL line
15121 S. U.S. Hwy. 231
Slocomb, AL 36375
Phone: (334) 677-5042
Fax: (334) 677-7332
houston.center@tourism.alabama.gov

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Pristine Beaches

With turquoise waters and sugar-white sands, Alabama’s beaches are some of the best-kept secrets of the Gulf Coast.

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Alabama Road Trips

Get ready to hit the road. Learn everything you need to know to travel the state like a local and experience all the hidden gems along the way.

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