Alabama vacations run the gamut, from quick Alabama getaways and Alabama beach
vacations to family vacations in Alabama where your entire group might stay
in wilderness rental cabins or
at one of the many resorts in
the state. And don't forget Alabama vacations for those who want to get in some
Golf is big in the state, and Alabama boasts some of the best courses in the country. Some of them, like those that are part of the celebrated Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, are world-class championship courses, and were designed by the legendary golf course architect before his death in 2000. Even natives of the state will indulge in Alabama weekend getaways to satisfy their desire to get in a couple of rounds. Because of the southern state's balmy weather caused by being on the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you can golf year round, and at the same time combine Alabama beach vacations with some golfing.
Gulf Shores Vacations Alabama
Speaking of beaches, Alabama
boasts some beautiful ones, with wide stretches of pure white sand contrasting
with the sparking waters of the Gulf of Mexico. An additional benefit is that
all of them are within easy distance to the many attractions in the cosmopolitan
city of Mobile. The strip of
waterfront available for Alabama beach vacations is located between the Florida
Panhandle on the east, and on the west the Mississippi
River Delta of New Orleans
that shelters the beaches of Mississippi. Many family vacations in Alabama occur
in this region of the state.
There are also wonderful wilderness areas in the state. There is an extensive network of state parks and lakes allowing for family vacations in Alabama that take advantage of the many opportunities for hiking and camping. Even if you're only visiting the state on business, it's possible to indulge in Alabama weekend getaways just to spend a few hours fishing in the pristine wilderness while you try to land that big, record sized rainbow trout.
Other Alabama weekend getaways that entice visitors include special events and festivals that occur throughout the year all over the state. You might be surprised to learn that the first Mardi Gras celebration was held in Mobile, and it's been going strong during the period before Easter ever since. Like its sister celebration in New Orleans, it includes parades, costumes, general merrymaking, and even the blessing of the shrimp fleet. Another of the state's attractions that makes for excellent Alabama getaways are the NASCAR races held at the celebrated Talladega Speedway. This motor sports complex in the central part of the state is high on the list of must things to do for any race enthusiast. The racecourse was built in 1960, and plays an important part in the modern history of Alabama. It's also located close to other attractions, including state parks that are home to some of the state's caverns.
Your Alabama vacations might also coincide with Caribbean cruises to the Mexico Yucatan Peninsula. The state of the art Alabama Cruise Port, located in Mobile Bay, is the homeport for the Carnival Cruise Lines ship, Holiday. Since the cruises are short (only four to six days), they make great Alabama getaways that can be combined with Alabama beach vacations or visits to the city of Mobile.