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Huntsville, AL
Travel Guide

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

Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa
Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
800 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,590 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (950 reviews)
"Breakfast staff made getting up a great experience. Location is amazing! Parking should be included."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa
The Westin Huntsville
The Westin Huntsville
4 out of 5
6800 Governors Dr W, Huntsville, AL
The price is ¥16,555 per night from May 1 to May 2
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! (991 reviews)
"The Westin Huntsville property was immaculate. The staff treated me and my family like Royalty. Whenever we return to Huntsville, we will stay at the Westin Huntsville."

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

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 ¥12,239 per night from May 2 to May 3
Situated in Huntsville, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of US Space and Rocket Center, University of Alabama-Huntsville, and Bridge Street Town Centre. Huntsville ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (688 reviews)
"The 5pm kick back where they offered food and drinks"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Drury Inn & Suites Huntsville at the Space & Rocket Center
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.
Waterview Condo at Bay Village Near Lucy Branch Marina in Athens AL
Waterview Condo at Bay Village Near Lucy Branch Marina in Athens AL
Athens, AL
Situated in Athens, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wheeler Lake and within 9 mi (15 km) of Graceland Park and Rogersville Park. Joe Wheeler State ...
Waterview Condo at Bay Village Near Lucy Branch Marina in Athens AL
Apperson House 5 Bedrooms 4.5 Bathrooms Home
Apperson House 5 Bedrooms 4.5 Bathrooms Home
3.5 out of 5
4530 Sullivan Street, Madison, AL
Situated in Madison, this golf vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Madison Public Library and Dublin Memorial Park. Palmer Park is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.
Apperson House 5 Bedrooms 4.5 Bathrooms Home
Huntsville Get Away, A Great Place to Stay!
Huntsville Get Away, A Great Place to Stay!
Huntsville, AL
The price is ¥10,880 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Situated in Huntsville, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of US Veterans' Memorial Museum, Crestwood Medical Center, and Crestwood Hospital. The Benton ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)
Great property
"Description was spot on. Nice and clean property. Quiet neighborhood and accessible to huntsville."

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Huntsville Get Away, A Great Place to Stay!
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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Reviews of Huntsville

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Jun 7, 2020

planning to move here

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Jun 3, 2020

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

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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

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May 26, 2020

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

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May 26, 2020

Wonderful and growing city.

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May 4, 2020

Will enjoy moving to the area

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