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HuntsvilleUnited States of America

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

Huntsville featuring a park

Quigley

4.5/5Wonderful!(41 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Quigley, Von Braun Center and Big Spring Park are top sights worth seeing.

Quigley

Top Hotels in Huntsville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Huntsville/Research Park
Hyatt Place Huntsville/Research Park
3 out of 5
6860 Governors West NW, Huntsville, AL
The price is $99 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 22

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 is 2.5 mi (4 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)

"I enjoyed staying here. I felt safe in relation to Covid-19. The room was spacious with a great bathroom mirror. Great view from the hotel room."…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Hyatt Place Huntsville/Research Park
The Westin Huntsville
The Westin Huntsville
4 out of 5
6800 Governors Dr W, Huntsville, AL
The price is $118 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cummings Research Park and Bridge Street Town Centre. US Space and Rocket Center is ...

4.3/5Excellent! (985 reviews)

"What we liked: *The room/view - The room was very clean with a bathroom with a rainwater shower with shower-head handle optional. We had a nice view on the 6th floor overlooking the lake and outlet mall. *The bed - our king sized bed had a really nice soft mattress with down pillows. I was surprised ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

The Westin Huntsville
Drury Inn & Suites Huntsville at the Space & Rocket Center
Drury Inn & Suites Huntsville at the Space & Rocket Center
3 out of 5
93 Wynn Drive NW, Sherwood Park, Huntsville, AL
The price is $100 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Situated in Huntsville, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wheeler Lake, US Space and Rocket Center, and University of Alabama-Huntsville. Bridge Street Town ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (567 reviews)

"Customer service was outstanding! Rooms were clean and the bed was super comfy! They also provides snacks and drinks which was awesome after a long drive!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Drury Inn & Suites Huntsville at the Space & Rocket Center

Popular places to visit in Huntsville

US Space and Rocket Center
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US Space and Rocket Center

4.5/5(238 reviews)

Study the exhibits at US Space and Rocket Center, a popular museum in Huntsville. Wander around the gardens or experience the area's live music.

Bridge Street Town Centre
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Bridge Street Town Centre

4.5/5(175 reviews)

When you visit Bridge Street Town Centre, a favorite shopping spot in Huntsville, you can browse for souvenirs. Discover the area's live music, or seek out its hiking trails.

Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Huntsville Botanical Garden

4.5/5(89 reviews)

Marvel at the colorful diversity of nature at these award-winning gardens, which feature thousands of plant species, tranquil ponds and elegant pavilions.

Top things to do in Huntsville

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Alabama
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Alabama

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Alabama
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Alabama

$20
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Alabama
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Alabama

$10
Per adult

Reviews of Huntsville

4.3

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 11.436950146627566%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

planning to move here

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

I loved Huntsville...and I will return in the fall

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I live in Huntsville for the last 12 years moved from Wisconsin is nice and quiet it's mainly feels like it's for retired people but I don't mind is very peaceful to me and my children

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

We visited the Madison County Wildlife Park Area and enjoyed it immensely! Huntsville offers some great things to enjoy overall.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Wonderful and growing city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 4, 2020

Will enjoy moving to the area

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