Attractions in Northern Alabama

A visit to the mountain region of Alabama, including the cities of Florence, Huntsville and Decatur, provides an opportunity to enjoy not only beautiful scenery and great hospitality, but also a wide variety of educational opportunities. In Florence, stop by Pope’s Tavern, and learn how it functioned as a hospital during the Civil War for soldiers of both armies. Another place worth visiting is the W. C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library, where you can discover more about the man known as the Father of the Blues.

Speaking of music, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia honors the many great performers who have called this state home. While in this area, you should also stop by Helen Keller’s Birthplace, known as Ivy Green.

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville features outstanding exhibits detailing the history of space exploration. You should also take the opportunity to learn more about the founding of the state at the Alabama Constitution Village. Take a step back into the nineteenth century by visiting the living history museum at Burritt On The Mountain. For the kids, the Early Works Children’s Museum is an excellent facility that will allow them to learn by doing.

One of the highlights of any visit to Decatur is Cook’s Natural Science Museum, considered one of the finest museums of its kind in the United States. Also stop by the Old State Bank, one of the few surviving buildings from the Civil War era.

The Jesse Owens Museum in Moulton is definitely a worthwhile stop to learn more about this great athlete and civil rights champion, and the nearby Oakville Indian Mounds Education Center features the biggest Woodland Indian mound in the state.

Still more Civil War history awaits you in Hillsboro in the form of the Pond Spring plantation, former home of Confederate and Spanish-American War commander “Fighting Joe” Wheeler. So, if your travels take you to northern Alabama, stick around for a day or two to check out some of these wonderful attractions.

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