Alabama National parks

Our most recommended Alabama National parks

Great Smoky Mountains NP & Cades Cove Self-Guided Tour

1. Great Smoky Mountains NP & Cades Cove Self-Guided Tour

Explore the Great Smoky Mountains at your own pace with a self-guided and self-driving tour. Hike to Alum Cave, enjoy a panoramic view from Charles Overlook, and discover Cades Coves from the comfort of your own car. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one.. Drive to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center to start your journey. After exploring the Visitor Center, head past the Mingus Mill, a remnant of a once-thriving town. As you drive to Beech Flats Quiet Walkway, hear accounts of the Cherokee people who once lived here. Learn about their legends and their struggle to hold onto their land. Once you arrive, enjoy a meditative stroll through nature. Hop back into your car and head to Charles Webb Overlook, which offers a panoramic view of the park. Once you’ve snapped some stunning photos, continue toward Clingman’s Dome, the highest peak in the Smokies, for more unparalleled views of the mountains. Continue to the trail for Alum Cave, one of the most popular hikes in the park. If you wish, take the moderate 4.4-mile roundtrip trail for beautiful panoramas and fascinating rock formations. After your hike, drive to Chimney Tops Overlook, offering more stunning mountain views. Next, enjoy an easy wilderness walk at Balsam Point. As you continue past yet another incredible vista and another secluded walkway, hear little-known park history. Jump back in your car and drive towards Gatlinburg, stopping on the way to check out the pristine Cataract Falls. In Gatlinburg, pass the famous Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Drive past Ogle Place, an old-timey homestead dating back to the 1800s, before arriving at Rainbow Falls. Continue your drive past several more waterfalls and the historic cabins of Ephraim Bales and Reagan Tub, offering a fascinating glimpse into the past. Finally, finish your Great Smoky National Park tour with a visit to the old Ely’s Mill, which is still in operation today. Start the second part of your combination tour, discovering Cades Coves, just west of Gatlinburg. From there, continue west toward the scenic loop. The first landmark on your route is John Oliver Place, once home to some of the first homesteaders to make a living here. After that, pass 3 churches dating back to the 1800s and uncover the devastating impact of the Civil War on this community. Drive to Elijah Oliver Place, a beautifully-preserved homestead offering an authentic look at early pioneer life. If you wish to stretch your legs, hike to Abrams Falls, a secluded, powerful waterfall. Next, drive to Tipton Place. Finally, reach the Carter Shields Cabin, another idyllic homestead from a bygone era. Finish your tour at the start of the loop as you hear about the last family to call the cove home.

Alabama: Birmingham Area Multi-Attraction Pass

2. Alabama: Birmingham Area Multi-Attraction Pass

Check out 14 of Birmingham's best attractions. Enjoy access to 12 ticketed attractions as well as several attractions that are free to the public. Choose a 1 or 2-day pass to see some of your favorites, or select a 5-day option for more time to visit all the attractions. Do more as you experience a selection of the best attractions in Birmingham, all on 1 money-saving ticket. This curated collection of attractions is your ticket to enjoying the city. Your passport will act as your admission ticket to all of the venues included. Included destinations include 16th Street Baptist Church and Museum, Alabama Sports Hall Of Fame, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham Zoo, Historic Bethel Baptist Church, Heart Of Dixie Railroad Museum, McWane Science Center, and more.

Alabama: Birmingham Area Family Fun Multi-Attraction Pass

3. Alabama: Birmingham Area Family Fun Multi-Attraction Pass

Visit 7 of Birmingham's best family attractions with a 3-day all-in-one attraction pass, including Autobahn Indoor Speedway and Events, the Birmingham Zoo, Heart Of Dixie Railroad Museum, Lake Lurleen State Park, McWane Science Center, Oak Mountain State Park, and Rickwood Caverns State Park. Your passport will act as your admission ticket to all of the venues included. Race high-speed electric go-karts at speeds up to 50 mph indoors in air-conditioned comfort at Autobahn Indoor Speedway and Events. Get up close to approximately 700 animals of 230 species, including sea lions, rhinos, and endangered species from 6 continents at the Birmingham Zoo. Ride a full-size diesel-electric train and a narrow-gauge steam train at the Heart Of Dixie Railroad Museum. Explore 4 floors of interactive exhibits celebrating science and wonder McWane Science Center, from an amazing collection of dinosaurs to innovative environmental showcases, imaginative early childhood play areas, and an awe-inspiring aquarium. Come experience the thrill of Rickwood Cavern’s miracle mile of underground caverns. The 260-million-year-old limestone formations, blind cave fish, and underground pool are just a few of the natural wonders exhibited in the colorful cavern. Visit the 1,625-acre Lake Lurleen State Park, a scenic retreat set on the banks of Lake Lurleen which offers plenty of chances for recreation and relaxation. Explore Oak Mountain State Park with its variety of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, mountain biking, and boat rentals.

Alabama: Dothan-Eufaula Area Multi-Attraction Pass

4. Alabama: Dothan-Eufaula Area Multi-Attraction Pass

Discover a selection of the finest attractions in Dothan, Eufala, and Auburn including Blue Springs State Park, Fendall Hall, and Landmark Park with a 3-day pass. Cool off and enjoy some peace and quiet at Blue Springs State Park in Clio. Admire one of the first great Italianate-style homes built in Alabama, Fendal Hall. Visit the 150-acre living history museum and park, Landmark Park, and the Alabama Agricultural Museum. Explore the many walking trails, an 1890s farmstead and town square, Planetarium, soda fountain, and playground in the park.

Alabama: 3-Day East Alabama Family Fun Multi-Attraction Pass

5. Alabama: 3-Day East Alabama Family Fun Multi-Attraction Pass

Visit 6 of eastern Alabama's top family-friendly destinations with a 3-day all-in-one pass. Attractions include the Anniston Museum of Natural History, Berman Museum of World History, Cheaha State Park, International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Majestic Caverns, and Mustang Museum of America. Come face to face with prehistoric predators at the Anniston Museum of Natural History in Lagarde Park, and explore a replica Alabama cave. Discover the Majestic Caverns, a World Heritage Site, on a 1-hour tour complete with an underground laser light show and park entertainment. Explore the 6,000-piece collection of historical artifacts, weaponry, and art at the Berman Museum. Discover the beauty of the highest point in Alabama on an island in the sky at Cheaha State Park. Come up close to some of the most historic vehicles at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Tour the only Mustang museum in the United States, with over 100 Mustangs on display, and see all generations from 1964 to 2015. Your passport will act as your admission ticket to all of the venues included.

Alabama: Anniston and East Central Multi-Attraction Pass

6. Alabama: Anniston and East Central Multi-Attraction Pass

Visit 5 of Anniston and East Central Alabama's top attractions including the Anniston Museum of Natural History, Berman Museum of World History, Cheaha State Park, International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and the Mustang Museum of America, all with one 1, 2, or 5-day ticket. Choose a 1-day pass to see some of your favorites, or select a 2 or 5-day option for more time to visit all 5 ticketed attractions. Experience a selection of the best attractions in East Central Alabama, all on one money saving ticket. This curated collection of attractions is your ticket to enjoying the city. Your passport will act as your admission ticket to all of the venues included. Come face to face with prehistoric predators at the Anniston Museum of Natural History in Lagarde Park, and explore a replica Alabama cave. Visit the Berman Museum and explore the 6,000-piece collection of historical artifacts, weaponry, and art fascinates visitors from all over the world. Discover the beauty of the highest point in Alabama on an island in the sky at Cheaha Resort State Park. Come up close to some of the most historic vehicles from various worlds of racing including stock cars, open wheel, endurance, modified, motorcycles, and more at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Visit the only Mustang museum in the United States with over 100 Mustangs on display and see all generations from 1964-1/2 to 2015 (first 50 years), plus the largest display of SSP Mustangs used by Highway Patrol in 32 states and much more.

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