Living with my daughter and two grandkids is an adventure every day. But sometimes we just want to get away from the daily routine. We have set a family goal to visit every state in the good ole US of A and learn about the history of that state. So since this state starts with the letter “A” , we’re planning on hitting up Alabama soon and we’ve got eight great reasons to plan an Alabama road trip!
8 Reasons to Plan an Alabama Road Trip
Learning on-the-go is our main goal and focus for our road trips. But we also want to have fun and spend family time together making memories. Each state has interesting and educational places to visit, so here are our must-see places for Alabama:
When we head to Alabama, we definitely plan on visiting Childersburg where the DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park is located. There are guided tours of the 12-story cave with light, sound, and water shows. And outside the caverns are more than 25 attractions, including a maze and wacky water golf. Check out the fudge at the gift shop because it’s been featured on the “100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die” list. I won’t miss that!
Just 10 miles down the road is the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory. Located in Sylacauga, it is a legend. And being from Texas myself, I love Blue Bell ice cream. Free samples are the highlight!
Battleship Memorial Park
Located on the western shore of Mobile Bay, you can visit the USS Alabama. This battleship served in WWII. It was ordered to be scrapped in 1962, but the school children of Alabama raised almost $100,000 in nickels and dimes to help save the ship. It opened as a museum in 1965.
For fast-paced excitement, visit the Talladega Superspeedway, located just north of Talladega. The track hosts numerous NASCAR events and is one of the longest oval tracks with a length of 2.66 miles. And if there are no races scheduled, hourly van tours of the track are available. Weston will love it!
Located in Huntsville, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, is a learning experience for the whole family. They offer many programs, camps, movies, and tours. Home of the “Space Camp”, each year thousands of trainees from around the world arrive for a week of fun.
Beaches (and Forts)
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Areas are known around the world for their white sand beauty. Thirty-two miles of soft sand and clear waters along Alabama’s southern border offer tons of fun and history. Close by historic Fort Morgan is a testament to the evolution of coastal defense fortifications.
The Montgomery Zoo includes over 500 animals from five different continents, all housed in natural, barrier-free habitats. It covers 40 acres of landscaped beauty. You can walk or ride the miniature train through the zoo. You can feed river otters, have an encounter with a giraffe, watch a lion training session, or visit Parakeet Cove. It’s an animal lover’s dream come true which makes it perfect for our family!
You simply cannot visit Alabama without eating some BBQ. The Alabama Tourism Department has declared 2015 as “The Year of Alabama BBQ”. Check out “Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Que” in Decatur. Established in 1925, this is one of the best. Their competition cooking team has won ten state and ten world championships. It’s all about the sauce
And there is so much more waiting for you in “Sweet Home Alabama”. It is southern hospitality at its finest. Can’t wait to share photos from our first family road trip to Alabama soon!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alabama Tourism. The opinions and text are all mine.