When you need a weekend away with your sweetheart, there are few places as scenic and easygoing as Alabama. View the canyons and waterfalls in the city of Mentone, or explore the history of Birmingham by visiting museums or embarking on guided tours. As for accommodations, Alabama vacation rentals offer the perfect setting for romance, especially when you choose a waterfront cottage or a cozy cabin tucked away in the woods. From rural communities to big cities, these places in Alabama are ideal for your next vacation with the love of your life.

1. Mentone

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Views of canyons and waterfalls await you and your mate when making Mentone your vacation destination for a romantic weekend. Start with a hike to Desoto Falls on the paved pathway that takes you to an overlook perfect for a couple’s photo, or spend an afternoon wandering the paths to Little River Canyon Falls for spectacular views and a setting for the perfect kiss. The Log Cabin Craft Village in Mentone is the ideal spot to pick up some handmade gifts for that special someone, while the Cloudmont Ski Resort caters to those couples wanting to ski the slopes together.

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2. Pisgah

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When you want to escape the busy city and enjoy some peace and quiet with your sweetheart, take a trip to Pisgah to picnic at the top of Gorham’s Bluff. The stunning view is the perfect setting for a gentle kiss or even a proposal. The area has so much more to offer nature enthusiasts, with the Pisgah Gorge Falls featuring a waterfall and a swimming hole ideal for those warm summer weekends. Continue your outdoor adventures with a walk on the trails of Buck’s Pocket State Park or Cathedral Caverns State Park. Crow Mountain Orchards provide you and your mate with the perfect place to pick your own fruits and vegetables to enjoy back at your vacation rental.

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3. Birmingham

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Spend a romantic weekend in a rural community that is thriving with natural wonders and history. If your significant other is a history buff, head to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, or treat the creative type to a tour of the Birmingham Museum of Art to see more than 25,000 displays. Adventurous couples enjoy zip lining in Red Mountain Park with the Red Ore Zip Tour, while couples who crave nature can tour the city’s antebellum past with a stroll hand in hand through the Arlington Antebellum Homes and Garden. A dinner date at Cafe Dupont or Chez Fonfon is the perfect way to end your evening before retreating back to your luxurious vacation rental.

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4. Gadsden

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Noccalula Falls Park offers the perfect background for a couple’s photo or even a proposal. Book a vacation rental in Gadsden, and you are right in the heart of the falls and a romantic city rich with history and culture. Spend a Saturday afternoon at Neely Henry Lake and picnic in the grass, or immerse yourself in the cultural center of Gadsden with a tour of the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts. The center is home to performing arts, so you and your sweetheart can take in an orchestra, dance, or musical performance on your weekend getaway.

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5. Florence

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Pour on the charm when vacationing in the adorable Southern town of Florence for the weekend. Take a stroll along the banks of the Tennessee River, or stop in at the Indian Mound and Museum so you both can learn more about pottery and tools of the Native Americans together. Learn more about each other and the history of Florence when touring Pope’s Tavern Museum or the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in the downtown area of this romantic Alabama City. Spend some one-on-one time together while fishing at Pickwick Lake, or take advantage of those warm weekends with a kayak or canoe trip on the lake or the Tennessee River to reconnect.

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6. Huntsville

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Explore your wildest dreams when opting for a vacation rental in a city that is out of this world. Huntsville is the home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and is a big draw for couples interested in learning more about America’s space program together. Spend a romantic evening sky gazing at the Von Braun Astronomical Society’s observation decks, or choose to take a romantic stroll on the Madison County Nature Trail. The Von Braun Center is the perfect place to catch a concert or a show. Make a big romantic gesture when booking a hot air balloon ride with Gone With The Winds Balloon Company.

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7. Tuscaloosa

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A weekend getaway in Tuscaloosa offers sports fans opportunities to root for their favorite teams together at Bryant Denny Stadium. After cheering loudly and even capturing a kiss on the kiss cam, head to Capitol Park to see the blooming flowers, or find special gifts for one another at the Tuscaloosa Farmers’ Market. When you need a chance to relax, opt for a couple’s massage at Spa Belle La Vie. Before retreating to your vacation rental, treat your soulmate to fine dining at Evangeline’s, where you can dine under the stars and the twinkling lights on the restaurant’s outdoor patio.

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8. Mobile

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Get your fill of Gulf Coast adventures with your loved one when traveling to Mobile for the weekend. This vibrant city in Alabama is ideal for couples who seek out culture and adventure. Thrill your talented mate who is an art enthusiast with a tour of the Alabama Contemporary Art Center, or indulge the history buff with the 300 years of history and artifacts on display at the Mobile Carnival Museum. Admire the beauty of the Mobile Botanical Gardens together, or try and stay dry while laughing with and at each other on board a boat tour with Gulf Coast Ducks.

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