Four Quick Getaways Near Alabama

Getting a little stir crazy? Here are a few weekend getaways just a few hours from North Alabama that are perfect for one, two or the entire family.

Mentone, Alabama

Looking for the perfect solo trip? How about a romantic getaway for two? Look for further than Mentone, Alabama. This little mountain town is having a moment - and we’re here for it. Mentone is a small northeast Alabama Mountain town of Mentone is just as quiet as it is picturesque. Boasting some of Alabama’s most romantic views, this is the perfect vacation spot for couples looking for a quick getaway. Plus its affordability and location make it perfect for a solo vacation. Check out all the nearby natural attractions such as Desoto State Park and Little River Falls and get a taste of the town at the Wildflower Cafe or Green Leaf Grill.

Florence, Alabama

This sleepy college town is located on the banks of the Tennessee River, lovingly called the “Singing River”. Legend has it that the Yuchie Tribe called the Tennessee River “the singing river” because the flowing waters sounded like a woman singing. So there’s no wonder that the city of Florence is rooted in soulful tunes and funky vibes. This city is perfect for couples looking for a quick getaway and families as well.

Make sure you take some time to stroll downtown Florence, which has plenty of interesting shops and restaurants. The family will love seeing Leo III and Una, the live lion mascots on campus at the University of North Alabama. You can also venture out to one of the Shoals several attractions such as the Alabama Music Hall of Fame or the birthplace of Hellen Keller.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

This city is a perfect getaway for solo travelers, couples and families. There’s something sure to please everyone from hiking trails, rock climbing, museums, and one of the finest educational aquariums in the world to the innumerable food and entertainment venues. If your outdoorsy, you’ll love Chattanooga’s proximity to Lookout Mountain and several walking and hiking trails. Foodies can take part in the booming restaurant scene and crafty cocktails. Head on over to the Northshore community for a few unique restaurants such as the Good Dog or Cashew. There are also several shops in this highly walkable community. Lookout Mountain has several attractions that are perfect from the family including Ruby Falls, the Incline Railway and Rock City.

Tupelo, Mississippi

From impeccable food and music to beautiful museums and exciting nightlife, Tupelo, Mississippi offers something for everyone. There are several attractions including the Natchez Trace Parkway, the birthplace of Elvis Presley, Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo, and more. Looking for something the entire family will enjoy? Head over to the Healthworks! Kids Museum for something the entire family will enjoy. How about a funky laid back vibe with some good eats? The Blue Canoe is the place for you. It’s a laid back, funky joint and Tupelo’s home for original live music; perfect for the couple looking for a unique night out. What about something a little bit different? Queen’s Reward Meadery is perfect for you. As Mississippi’s first meadery, Queen’s Reward produces a wide variety of small-batch meads.

Where’s your favorite spot for a quick trip? Let us know in the comments!

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