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

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

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

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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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Barber Vintage Motorsports Musesum

Featuring the world's largest motorcycle collection, as well as race cars and other racing artifacts.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 by the Numbers

  • 4,802,740 Alabama residents
  • 760,000 visitors across 22 state parks
  • 77,000 miles of river and stream channels
  • 52,419 square miles, 190 miles wide and 330 miles long
  • 2,407 feet at highest point, Mount Cheaha
  • 1,200 sites included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • 468 holes of championship-caliber golf on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
  • 347 species of birds on Dauphin Island
  • 240 species of commercially harvested freshwater fish, marine fish and shellfish
  • 100 historic antebellum homes
  • 67 counties and 460 incorporated cities and towns
  • 61 colleges and universities
  • 53 miles of coastline
  • 36 National Historic Landmarks
  • 11 historic covered bridges
  • 1 National Monument