Alexander City, known as “Alex City” to the locals, is located in Tallapoosa County and is home to beautiful Lake Martin with 44,000 acres of clean sparkling water and 750 miles of shoreline dotted with cabins, condominiums, restaurants, marinas and Wind Creek State Park.
Andalusia is located in Covington County and is home to the Annual World Championship Domino Tournament which takes place each July. The history of Andalusia can be seen through a beautiful Mural Trail created by artist Wes Hardin.
Athens is located in Limestone County in North Alabama and is home to the Athens Grease Festival each September. The Grease Festival is a celebration of all things fried and features food vendors and top entertainment.
Brundidge is the second largest city in Pike County and is home to the Annual Peanut Butter festival the last Saturday of October. Brundidge also has a large number of antique shops in its historic downtown.
The City of Cullman is located in Cullman County and is home to two large festivals. Oktoberfest is a celebration of the city’s German heritage and is held each year in October. Rock the South is a huge music festival held each June.
Located on the Tennessee River in Morgan County, Decatur is home to the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic. This fabulous Hot Air Balloon Festival is held over Memorial Day Weekend each year and brings more than 60 hot air balloons to the area.
Fairhope is located in Baldwin County and is one of the most unique towns in America. Fairhope is a breathtaking vision that draws visitors from around the world who come to enjoy its natural beauty and vibrant downtown filled with shops, galleries, gourmet restaurants, cozy cafes and more. Over the years artists, writers, and craftsmen have found Fairhope to be an inspiring haven for their work and have helped to make the community what it is today.
Florence is located in Lauderdale County and is home to the Annual W.C. Handy Music Festival. Handy is known as “The Father of the Blues” and the festival seeks to preserve, present and promote the musical heritage of Northwest Alabama.
Fort Payne is located in DeKalb County and is a mecca for those who wish to immerse themselves in the wonder and beauty of the Appalachian foothills. In whichever direction you go, you will find yourself in the midst of the grandeur of nature. In mere minutes you can find yourself at Lookout Mountain, or driving along the rim of Little River Canyon, or hiking in DeSoto State Park on the picturesque Azalea Trail, or find yourself on Sand Mountain which hosts Buck’s Pocket State Park and High Falls Park. Buck’s Pocket boasts 2000 acres of outdoor opportunities and High Falls Park is home to a stunning waterfall and a quaint pedestrian bridge spanning the gorge of Town Creek. The mountain canvases change with the seasons and provide endless moments of awe.
Guntersville is located in Marshall County and is known as “Alabama’s Lake City.” The 2014 Bassmaster Classic was held on Lake Guntersville, a 69,000 acre lake that surrounds the city and offers year round views of the lake and area mountains.
Hartselle is the second largest city in Morgan County. Situated on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau and the Highland Ridge, Hartselle is located along Interstate 65 within the Decatur metropolitan Region, and 35 miles from Huntsville, Alabama.
Huntsville is known as the “Rocket City” and is located in Madison County. Huntsville is home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the largest space museum in the world. Here you can view the world’s only full-stack Space Shuttle, complete with two solid rocket boosters and external tank.
LaFayette is located in Chambers County. LaFayette’s remarkable downtown square, featuring historic buildings and the courthouse is the centerpiece of the city and attracts tourists and casual travelers alike. The addition to the square of a larger-than-life statue of the city’s most famous resident, champion boxer Joe Louis, has only added to the square’s allure.
Muscle Shoals is located in Colbert County. Since the 1960s, the city has been known for music – developing the “Muscle Shoals Sound”, as local recording studios produced records that shaped the history of popular music.
Opelika is located in Lee County, just minutes from the campus of Auburn University. Opelika is home to the Opelika Azalea and Dogwood Trail held each Spring. The Trail attracts visitors from miles away to enjoy the beauty of Opelika’s historic and modern neighborhoods as they blossom with the many colors of Southern Azaleas and Dogwood trees.
The City of Piedmont lies at the foot of the Appalachian Mountain range in Calhoun and Cherokee counties and is home to The Chief Ladiga Trail, Alabama’s first extended “rails-to-trails” project. Once the site of the former Seaboard/CSX Railroad, the trail was converted into a recreational bike and walking trail and is currently enjoyed by thousands of people every year.
Robertsdale is a quaint small town located in south Alabama and is home to the Annual Honeybee Festival and Alligator Alley, a 17 acre natural Gator Park with hundreds of alligators ranging from 10 inches to 13 feet.
Scottsboro is located in Jackson County and is famously known as the home to the Unclaimed Baggage Center. This center sells articles of unclaimed and undeliverable airline luggage whose owners the airlines cannot locate. Shelby Pond and Dry Creek are among the other popular tourist haunts in Scottsboro.
Sheffield is located in Colbert County and is known as the “Center of the Shoals.” Sheffield is centrally located between the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, and Tuscumbia in the northwest region of Alabama. Sheffield’s rich music heritage goes back to the 1950’s when new fad Rock n’ Roll music began to sweep the nation and the roots of Jazz were being established as an American tradition. Many top songwriters and performers cut vinyl at Jackson Highway Studio and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. The Jackson Highway Studio was even pictured on the cover of Cher’s 3614 Jackson Highway album.
Sylacauga is located in Talladega County and is known for its fine, white marble bedrock, which can be seen at the U.S. Supreme Court Building, the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Post Office just to name a few. Sylacauga holds an Annual Marble Festival to celebrate its unique natural resource.
Troy is a college town located in Pike County and is home to Troy University, the third largest University in Alabama. Troy is also home to TroyFest, an annual celebration of the arts held on the Square in downtown Troy.
Tuscumbia is located in Colbert County and was the home of Helen Keller. Much of the city is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the city serves as the location for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
Tuskegee is located in Macon County and is home to famed Tuskegee University, founded by Booker T. Washington. Tuskegee is home to the Annual George Washington Carver Commemorative Festival held each May to honor Dr. Carver and his love of art.