8 Most Beautiful Places In Alabama, According To A Native Alabamian

Noccalula Falls

Discover the legend of Noccalula, who leapt from Black Creek Falls to avoid an unwanted marriage. Visit behind the falls for a refreshing spray experience.

Majestic Caverns

Discover the country's earliest cave, DeSoto Caverns, with onyx-marble stalagmites and stalactites. Get to the Healing All Cathedral, called "Kymulga" by Native Americans.

Ave Maria Grotto

Admire 125 miniature replicas of global landmarks at Ave Maria Grotto, crafted by Brother Joseph Zoetl. Located at St. Bernard Abbey, this outdoor art exhibit offers a cultural journey in Cullman.

Cahaba River

The beautiful and biodiverse Cahaba River has native Cahaba lilies flowering mid-May to mid-June. Perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and seeing white blossoms on swiftwaters.

Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

Enjoy Alabama's beautiful 32-mile stretch of white sand and blue-green ocean at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Perfect for sunset views and family beach outings.

Monte Sano State Park

Visit Huntsville's Monte Sano State Park for stunning mountaintop views, mineral springs, and 34 miles of trails. Explore vibrant azaleas in spring and colorful foliage in fall.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Explore 67 acres of diverse gardens, including the Japanese Garden and bamboo forest, at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. A scenic backdrop for weddings and leisurely strolls.

Bellingrath Gardens & Home

Tour the 65-acre estate of Bellingrath Gardens & Home, once owned by the Bellingraths of Mobile Coca-Cola fame. Highlights include Live Oak Plaza and a bayou boardwalk.