Boasting over 200 years of history, Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the true gems of the American South.
Blending some of the nation’s most wonderful natural attractions with a forward-looking pride in a growing modern economy, “Rocket City” was built on everything from early cotton production to landmark achievements during the early years of the Space Age. Seamlessly blending a deep reverence for tradition with some incredibly hip and happening diversions to discover, it’s truly a place with a surprise around every corner that just about anyone will enjoy.
With a population hovering somewhere in the vicinity of 200,000 people, Huntsville is the fourth largest city in Alabama, with its numbers approaching half a million in the greater metro area. For those wondering how it earned the nickname “Rocket City,” one needs to go no further than the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to witness the space vehicles pioneered in this corner of the country. If you’re looking to go further back in history, head over to the Alabama Constitution Village to see what 19th-century life looked like, or try out the Twickenham Historic District for a stroll. Art lovers will find plenty to see at the Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment, as well as plenty to taste at the restaurants there. For a more relaxing outing, try a picnic over at Big Spring Park.