126. Huntsville, Alabama USA

Why Huntsville, Alabama USA

I’ve been through the Huntsville, Alabama airport about three times and through the city once when I visited the Unclaimed Baggage place in nearby Scottsboro. So I was excited to attend the TBEX conference in Huntsville, Alabama as a guest of the city. It’s a town that really worth visiting; read on…

Huntsville, Alabama USA

 

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Where is Huntsville, Alabama USA

Huntsville, Alabama USA is located in the north of the state of Alabama just south of the U.S. state of Tennessee. Alabama is located between Mississippi and Georgia.

How To Get Here

By Train

There is no commercial train service to Huntsville, AL, but there is service to Birmingham which is provided by Amtrak.

By Bus

Huntsville is served by Greyhound.

Huntsville, Alabama USA - Greyhound

Huntsville, Alabama USA – Greyhound

By Plane

The closest major airport to Huntsville, Alabama is Huntsville International Airport (HSV).

Huntsville, Alabama USA - Huntsville Airport (HSV)

Huntsville, Alabama USA – Huntsville Airport (HSV)

The following airlines serve the Huntsville International Airport (HSV):

American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL) and United Airlines (UA).

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

By Ferry

No.

Where To Stay

There are several hotels in the area. I’ve stayed at the Spring Hill Suites, Holiday Inn and some friends were also staying at the Embassy Suites.

Huntsville, Alabama USA - Spring Hill Suites by Marriott

Huntsville, Alabama USA – Spring Hill Suites by Marriott

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

Where To Eat

Huntsville is full of places to eat and drink beer, especially crafts beer. As a result, you won’t be hungry when you visit. They’ve worked very hard to build their craft beer industry as well.

I did take a trip to a place called Betty Mae (closed on Saturdays) and had some pretty good soul food. Note, its the South so almost everything is fried :-).

There is a complex called Campus No. 805 with various eating and craft beer drinking establishments there. Plus a Speakeasy (this is a hidden bar in a building where you would not expect one). My favorite is the alcoholic ice cream from Eat and Stone Wood Fired Pizza. And yeah, they have pizza too :-).

 

Huntsville, Alabama USA - Piper and Leaf

Huntsville, Alabama USA – Piper and Leaf

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

What To Do

Huntsville is home to one of the divisions of NASA and home of Space Camp. Apparently they have the highest PhDs per capita I’m told, which is pretty impressive.
Huntsville, Alabama USA - Davidson Center for Space Exploration

Huntsville, Alabama USA – Davidson Center for Space Exploration

There’s a lot of history here as the state’s constitution was setup here. There’s an area setup so you can go back to 1819 and see a mock up of the town. In this town, you can see how a printery worked and learn why we have upper and lower case letters :-). I won’t spoil this for you as I want you to visit and learn first hand. It is very fascinating!

Huntsville, Alabama USA - Constitution Village

Huntsville, Alabama USA – Constitution Village

A cool option is to venture out of the town a bit and head to Scottsboro to see the Unclaimed Baggage facility. This is where you can buy stuff that are in lost luggage from travelers. Unclaimed Baggage gets to buy the stuff 90 days after you lose them and the airline have tried their best to get it back to you. It’s a fascinating place.
If you like arts and craft, then check out the Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment Center. Its set in a old warehouse at the end of town. I was pretty amazed at the skill of the people there. There’s even a lady who makes socks from scratch :-).
Shopping is abound at the Bridge Street Town Centre which actually have a W Hotel located there.
The city does have a zoo, a vibrant downtown with tons of history and the historic district of Twickenham with its huge private homes showcasing the city’s history. All these are a must see.
Huntsville, Alabama USA - Leroy Pope Mansion

Huntsville, Alabama USA – Leroy Pope Mansion

Cemeteries are a thing in Huntsville. You can check out Maple Hill Cemetery. There’s eve a Ghost Tour to whet your appetite. Many famous people form the state are buried there.
Want to go partying and not worry about driving, you can hire a Party Bus; yes a party bus.
Huntsville, Alabama USA - Party Life Bus

Huntsville, Alabama USA – Party Life Bus

Huntsville, Alabama USA - Party Life Bus

Huntsville, Alabama USA – Party Life Bus

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Huntsville, Alabama USA - Waterfall

Huntsville, Alabama USA – Waterfall

==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> Check out some tours from Viator in the state of Alabama.

==>> Lonely Planet has some additional information.

==>> Trip.com has some additional information.

Additional Information

Language: English

Currency: US Dollar (USD)

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Huntsville, Alabama USA

Huntsville, Alabama USA

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