Huntsville, AL

Travel Guide
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

Hyatt Place Huntsville/Research Park
Hyatt Place Huntsville/Research Park
3 out of 5
6860 Governors West NW, Huntsville, AL, 35806
The price is $134 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Huntsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (519 reviews)
"The shower i didn't like it"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville
Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville
3.5 out of 5
800 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL, 35801
The price is $160 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Huntsville. Enjoy free breakfast, a full-service spa, and WiFi. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Hotel located in a nice area."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

The Westin Huntsville
The Westin Huntsville
4 out of 5
6800 Governors Dr W, Huntsville, AL, 35806
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $199 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Huntsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Will definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

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.
Short Term Stay Rv
Short Term Stay Rv
Huntsville, AL
Stay at this vacation home in Huntsville. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
"Property was easy to find. Host was friendly and helpful. The camper is modern and clean and has everything you need for a wonderful stay. Bed was super comfortable. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants a hotel experience at half the price!"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

♥Colorful & Fun ~ Lux Gazebo ~ Picnic Area ~ Games
♥Colorful & Fun ~ Lux Gazebo ~ Picnic Area ~ Games
Decatur, AL
Stay at this B&B in Decatur. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Wilson Morgan Park and Cook's Natural Science Museum are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Will definitely book here again.
"Very spacious and clean. Great back yard for kids to run off a long drive. A little difficult for several women to get ready as the only two mirrors are in the 1 and a half baths. We will just bring our own next time. I hope this house is available every time we need to come to town."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

2 bedroom-2 bath on the Tennessee River- Pool and Lucy's Branch Marina
2 bedroom-2 bath on the Tennessee River- Pool and Lucy's Branch Marina
Athens, AL
Stay at this condo in Athens. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Graceland Park and Rogersville Park are located nearby. Discover ...
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