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Welcome to Alabama

Alabama offers widely different landscapes from the Appalachian Mountains in its northeast corner to the white-sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Down-home hospitality awaits RVers.

Nestled in the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, North Alabama offers outdoor attractions and natural beauty. RVers will find a little bit of everything from rivers, lakes, and underground caverns to Native American artifacts and antebellum mansions to astronauts. This is an area rich in history and natural beauty—from the world’s largest stalagmite forest to the mountaintop towns of Mentone and Fort Payne along Lookout Mountain Parkway, a scenic 93-mile drive.

Ivy Green, Helen Keller’s birthplace, is located in the small town of Tuscumbia, the house and grounds are as they were when Helen and her beloved teacher Annie Sullivan lived here.

In Florence, tour Pope’s Tavern, a former stagecoach inn and Civil War hospital that was built in 1811, and the W.C. Handy Home and Museum, restored birthplace of the musician/composer known as the “Father of the Blues.”

The Old South merges with the Space Age in Huntsville, the region’s largest city.

South Alabama
The diverse history and sprawling landscape make South Alabama attractive to visitors. Discover Southern traditions, culture, and historical events that influenced a nation. Tour the historic Alabama State Capitol in downtown Montgomery, visit Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached and step inside museum after museum where the history of Alabama is displayed. Among the most visited are the Museum of Alabama, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Hank Williams Museum, and Old Alabama Town.

Additional civil rights and Civil War history can be found in nearby Selma. The annual spring pilgrimages (public tours) of gracious antebellum homes in Selma, Eufaula, and other Alabama towns also give visitors a glimpse into the South's storied past.

On the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail, visitors find the Lowndes County Interpretive Center in White Hall, and the Selma Interpretive Center and National Voting Rights Museum in Selma.

Gulf Coast
Situated at the southernmost part of Alabama, the coast features 32 miles of white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. The scenery offers a dramatic change of pace from the rest of the state, as do the Gulf Coast’s primary attractions of sunbathing, swimming, and deep-sea fishing.

There are numerous seafood restaurants offering Royal red shrimp, oysters, crab, and snapper.

Small towns including Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Foley welcome RVers offering outdoor adventure including hiking, biking, canoeing, and birding. Foley is a shopper’s paradise with a multitude of factory outlets as well as Lambert’s—the Throwed Bun restaurant. Like the name suggests, they actually throw buns at you.

Lined with quaint boutiques, antique shops, galleries, and restaurants, Fairhope offers amazing views of Mobile Bay. Fort Morgan of “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” fame offers guided tours.

Alabama’s oldest city, Mobile claims America’s first Mardi Gras, a celebration that began in 1703. Every year the streets of Mobile buzz with parades and festivities for the entire family. Explore GulfQuest, the new maritime museum slated to open in 2013. Uncover the fascinating history of the area at the Museum of Mobile, climb aboard the USS ALABAMA battleship or discover the 65-acre Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Seven Robert Trent Jones-designed golf courses comprise this “trail” which leads lovers of the game from Huntsville to Mobile. Each course is different and showcases the terrain of the particular area. In total there are 324 holes and over 100 miles of golf within the seven sites along the trail.