When in Alabama, take a trip to the southern shores of the Gulf of Mexico to fish in Eufaula, the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World.” You can also look forward to parasailing in Gulf Shores. Make Alabama your getaway destination for the weekend, and take in the history of Montgomery or the peace and quiet of Fairhope. Book a stay at one of numerous Alabama vacation rentals such as a cozy cabin in the woods or a trendy condo in the big city. Choose one of these eight cities in Alabama as your weekend getaway destination.

1. Eufaula

Escape to the small Southern town of Eufaula for your next weekend getaway, and get your fill of the charm of Alabama. Known as the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World,” Eufaula attracts fishing enthusiasts who reel in fresh catches from the shores of the Walter F. George Lake or at the Lakepoint Resort State Park. See endangered species with a tour of the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, or view nature firsthand with a walk or jog on the Yoholo Micco Creek Indian Trail. When you want some down-home Southern food, head over to Phil’s BBQ or the River City Grille.

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2. Fairhope

For picturesque views of the Eastern shore of the Mobile Bay, make Fairhope your vacation destination for the weekend. This small Alabama town is a great choice for couples seeking a romantic vacation rental or families wanting some peace and quiet in a historic city. History buffs enjoy the Fairhope Museum, while nature enthusiasts flock to the Fairhope Municipal Trails and Parks for hiking. Shop the downtown Fairhope area to find homemade gifts and souvenirs, and then savor some gulf snapper throats or mussels in beer broth with dinner at Fly Creek. Spend a lazy Sunday fishing off Battles Wharf, or suit up for a dip in the Gulf.

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3. Huntsville

Opt for a whirlwind weekend getaway in the busy city of Huntsville in northern Alabama. Dubbed as “Rocket City,” Huntsville is home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, where you and the kids can explore the space simulators and interactive exhibits. Take in the beauty of the city when hiking through Burritt on the Mountain that leads you to a spectacular view of the city, or indulge your inner artist with an art lesson at Lowe Mill Arts Studio. Shop until you drop at the Bridge Street Town Center, and then enjoy some fine dining at the Cotton Row Restaurant. If you’re looking to spice up your dinner, consider Tim’s Cajun Kitchen for a weekend meal.

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4. Birmingham

When you’re craving a weekend in a bit city, Birmingham is the obvious place to go. Known as the “Magic City,” Birmingham offers fun-filled activities for singles and families alike with the Birmingham Zoo and Railroad Park and Birmingham Botanical Gardens open year-round. Thrill the athletes in your crew when taking in a game at Region Field or tour the Vulcan Park and Museum to see the city’s skyline. Kids can enjoy a day exploring the McWane Science Center while adults enjoy the Brewery Tasting Tour of Birmingham. Foodies have options in this big city with Mexican fare at El Barrio in the downtown area or sushi at Bamboo on Second.

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5. Gulf Shores

Explore the sandy beaches of Gulf Shores when you need some fun in the sun. Take a leisurely walk along the shores of Gulf Coast Park with the sand between your toes, or hop in the water with a parasailing adventure guided by Blue Sky Parasail and Watersports. Treat the kids to a day at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo to see exotic animals, or reel in some fish at the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. Find more water fun at Waterville USA theme park before dining on fresh seafood at Bahama Bob’s Beach Side Cafe.

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6. Mobile

Spend the weekend on the coastal city of Mobile, and spend your days swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and your evenings dining at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club. Mobile offers plenty for the history buffs with tours of the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum and the displays at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. Or, time your trip for the Mardi Gras celebration in the downtown area and at the Mobile Carnival Museum. A scenic boat tour on Mobile Bay with Gulf Coast Ducks is also a popular attraction for singles and families alike.

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7. Florence

Enjoy a quiet weekend on the banks of the Tennessee River when you make Florence your vacation destination. Spend some time fishing on the river or on the shores of the Wilson Dam before checking out downtown Florence, rampant with specialty shops such as My Favorite Things and Marigail’s Fashion House. Opt for an entertaining evening with a show at the Shoals Theatre in Florence, or venture out to see the history of this small Alabama town by touring the Rosenbaum House or the Children’s Museum of the Shoals. Treat the family to sweet treats at Trowbridge’s Downtown before retreating back to your cozy vacation rental.

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8. Montgomery

The capital city serves as an entertainment mecca to complete your weekend getaway in Alabama. While staying in Montgomery, venture from your luxurious vacation rental to take in the history of the area with a tour of the Alabama Department of Archives and History or stop in at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached. The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum is also a popular tourist attraction for history buffs. After touring the city, relax on the beach at Riverfront Park, or see the exotic animals at the Montgomery Zoo. Sports enthusiasts can also catch a Montgomery Biscuits game if you time your trip right. For a night cap, consider stopping in at Railyard Brewing Company for some local brews.

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