Known as the “Rocket City” for its involvement in the Space Race, Huntsville is a historic city in Alabama’s northeast. See grand Federal-style architecture and fascinating museums and learn about Huntsville’s important role in space exploration. Explore lush Alabama wetlands and see wildflowers and scenic vistas in the Tennessee River valley.
Learn about Huntsville’s 200-year-old Constitutional history at the city’s engaging museums and historical districts. Feel as though you have been transported back in time to 1819 at the Alabama Constitution Village, an open-air museum where you can explore reconstructed buildings with guides dressed in period style. Visit the Twickenham Historic District where the city was first settled. Learn about Huntsville’s role in the Revolutionary War and see the city’s preserved railroad depot.
In 1958, Huntsville was put on the map as a technology hub after America’s first satellite was launched nearby. Visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Museum to see a real Saturn V rocket, a spacecraft built to send astronauts to the moon.
Stroll through Big Spring International Park to enjoy one of Huntsville’s finest green spaces. The park is home to the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Von Braun Center performing arts venue and a series of festivals. Visit in April to experience the dynamic Panoply Arts Festival or in September for the Big Spring Jam music festival.
Learn about the Alabama wetlands ecosystem at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, an informative park featuring an awe-inspiring collection of flora. Wander through forested paths, dappled by warm Alabama sunshine, and relax in the garden’s wide, grassy meadows.
Alabama’s fourth-largest city is located in the state’s northeast, a 101-mile (162.5-kilometer) drive north from Birmingham. Reach Huntsville by plane to Huntsville International Airport, located 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) west from downtown. No passenger trains reach the city but bus services are available. Summers in Huntsville are hot and humid. Visit in the fall to enjoy the city’s comfortable temperatures and exciting festivals.