14 Easy Day Trips from Huntsville, AL

Summer is a great time for road trips and you don’t have to go far from home to discover many wonderful touristy treats. Over the last few years we’ve been sending area writers out to “test drive” these trips (with kids in tow of course) and they’ve come back and shared their thoughts, tips, and recommendations.

Below are 14 (plus a few bonus trips!) of our favorite such articles. The next time your family has a free 24 hours and a full tank of gas, why not hop in the car and seek out a bit of adventure?

Life IS a highway. Drive it.
Life IS a highway. Drive it.

1. Rattlesnake Saloon in Muscle Shoals

2. Explore Birmingham with Kids

3. McWane Science Center in Birmingham

4. Red Mountain Park in Birmingham


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5. Explore Nashville with Kids

6. Rainforest Cafe at Opry Mills

7. Noccalula Falls in Gadsden

8. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts

9. Cathedral Caverns State Park in Grant


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10. Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

11. Explore Atlanta with Kids

12. Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga

13. Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga

14. Ruby Falls in Chattanooga


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BONUS – since original publication of this article we’ve added a couple more!

15. Explore Chattanooga with Kids

16. Falls Mill in Elora, TN

Keep in mind if you’re traveling with toddlers or younger children, we have an excellent resource for you in our Huntsville area travel map. It lists all the places for pit stops that little ones will love!

Do you know of a local gem we need to make sure our writer’s review? Leave your idea/request in the comments and we’ll start scoping out a new daytrip to add to this list!