Huntsville, AL

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Huntsville featuring a park and a pond

Lush mountainous landscapes surround this northeastern Alabama city, known for its fun-filled festivals and its role in the Revolutionary War and space age.

Known as the “Rocket City” for its ongoing involvement in space exploration, Huntsville is a historic city in northeastern Alabama. Visit grand Federal-style architecture and fascinating museums and learn about Huntsville’s important role in space. Explore lush Alabama wetlands and see wildflowers and scenic vistas in the Tennessee River Valley.

Huntsville’s 200-year history shines at the city’s engaging museums and historical districts. Be transported to 1819 at Alabama Constitution Village, an open-air museum with reconstructed buildings and guides dressed in period style. Visit the Twickenham Historic District where the city was first settled. Learn about Huntsville’s Revolutionary War role 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 Saturn V rocket used for a moon launch and learn about groundbreaking work on the International Space Station.

Stroll through Big Spring International Park, 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 for the dynamic Panoply Arts Festival or in September for the Big Spring Jam music festival. The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra is Alabama’s longest continuously operating professional orchestra. Nearby Muscle Shoals features delicious food and a famous music scene.

Learn about the Alabama wetlands ecosystem at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, an informative park featuring an awe-inspiring plant collection. Wander along forested paths, dappled by warm Alabama sunshine, and relax in the garden’s wide, grassy meadows.

Huntsville is located in northeastern Alabama, a 102-mile (164-kilometer) drive north from Birmingham. Reach Huntsville by plane to Huntsville International Airport, 14 miles (22 kilometers) west of downtown. No passenger trains reach the city but bus services are available. Summers in Huntsville are hot and humid. Visit in spring or fall to enjoy the city’s comfortable temperatures and exciting festivals.

Where to stay in Huntsville

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Huntsville Research Park
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Huntsville Research Park
2.5 out of 5
4870 University Dr NW, Huntsville, AL
The price is $72 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in Huntsville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of MidCity Huntsville and Cummings Research Park. University of Alabama-Huntsville and Westside Center ...
3.2/5 (966 reviews)
"Everything is Excellent for my one night"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Huntsville Research Park
Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa
Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
800 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $157 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Quigley, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Big Spring Park and Von Braun Center. Huntsville-Madison County Public Library and Early Works ...
4/5Very Good! (959 reviews)
"The place has a good location and a great breakfast as always. But it needs to be updated."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa
Hyatt Place Huntsville/Research Park
Hyatt Place Huntsville/Research Park
3 out of 5
6860 Governors West NW, Huntsville, AL
The price is $129 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in Huntsville, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cummings Research Park and Bridge Street Town Centre. US Space and Rocket Center and Huntsville ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (298 reviews)
"The staff was wonderful! We loved our stay here and couldnt think of one negative at all. It's very new and clean. Modern decor and quiet rooms. Everyone greeted us warmly and the entire stay there was just so pleasant. We were 5 minutes from the Space Center and walking distance to so many restaurants ..."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Hyatt Place Huntsville/Research Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Huntsville/Research Park Area. AL
Home2 Suites by Hilton Huntsville/Research Park Area. AL
3 out of 5
7010 Cabela Drive, Huntsville, AL
The price is $110 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in Huntsville, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cummings Research Park and Bridge Street Town Centre. US Space and Rocket Center and Huntsville ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (304 reviews)
"Customer service was good and I loved the size of my hotel room and that it had a fridge and a microwave."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Huntsville/Research Park Area. AL
Home2 Suites by Hilton Decatur Ingalls Harbor
Home2 Suites by Hilton Decatur Ingalls Harbor
3 out of 5
807 Island Way NW, Decatur, AL
The price is $144 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wheeler Lake and Tennessee River. The Old State Bank and Blue & Gray Museum of North ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (208 reviews)
"Clean and friendly."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Decatur Ingalls Harbor
Home2 Suites Madison Huntsville Airport
Home2 Suites Madison Huntsville Airport
3 out of 5
135 Graphics Drive, Madison, AL
The price is $129 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated in Madison, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Madison Public Library, Palmer Park, and Dublin Memorial Park. Cummings Research Park and Wheeler ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (92 reviews)
"Very clean and friendly"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Home2 Suites Madison Huntsville Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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