The state of Alabama has gone through a lot of dark times in the past. It was the state where a lot of blood was shed during the American Civil War. Here, you will realize that a lot of what made up America the way it is now, is because of Alabama, with so many chapters of American history here.
Filled with plantations, estates, and memorials that are sure to get your attention. Alabama has definitely gone through a lot over the course of American history. But here, you will also be able to see beauty unlike anywhere else. With beautiful beaches, numerous state parks, and so many nature reserves, you are sure to get a feel for the Earth here. So without further ado, here are the best places to visit in Alabama.
The first step you should take here, or in any city, should be gentle and not too “in your face”. And no other city can do that than Auburn. It is a relatively small town, one that doesn’t have that many attractions. But what it lacks in tourist destinations, make up for with the people that live here.
You see, the main attraction to this city is actually Auburn University. And with over 30,000 students, you are sure to get a fresh and young atmosphere all around town. It is the best way to get introduced to the state, without going too overboard. And you can also fancy yourself some great meals around the restaurants as well.
Now, if you recall, I mentioned that the state of Alabama was heavily involved in the making of modern America. So historical events such as the Civil Rights Movement were also present in this state. And let me tell you, there is no other state to know more about said part of history, than Birmingham. Here, you can take on a Birmingham Civil Rights Tour which will tell you all you need to know about that event.
But that’s not all there is to this city either. With so many people living here, the nightlife is a hit so feel free to head out during the night and party among the best with a wide array of bars and clubs. And the food here is definitely nothing to scoff at either!
Now, what about a break from the concrete jungle? If you want to have a quick getaway to nature, then Orange beach is definitely the place just for you. It is a popular destination for tourists along the Gulf of Mexico and has some of the finest white sands you will ever encounter.
But there is more to this place than a beautiful shore. If you instead fancy a hike, then you can go and take the Branyon Backcountry Trail. It’s a breathtaking hike that runs along freshwater lakes and coastal swamps. No doubt, if you’ve always wanted to explore the outdoors, then Orange Beach is the place just for you.
Alabama has a rich history filled with some of the main events that led America to the way it is today. From the Civil War all the way to the beautiful beaches, Alabama has it all except for one. You! So whenever you can, come on and explore the beautiful state of Alabama. …
Indianapolis, otherwise known these days as Naptown, is considered the most populated city in the United States. So much for being a boring town with the name “Naptown”, right? And though it is called that, there are more than enough sights for travelers to see and experience themselves in this great city. From museums all the way to canals, you’ll be happy to know that your stay in Indy will be well worth the trouble.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Musem.
Probably the number one thing Indy is known for is its famous speedway for races. You must’ve at least heard of the events like the Indy 500, right? Well, there’s a reason why it’s called Indy. And when you’re visiting Naptown, you’ll have the chance to visit the great National Historic Landmark by simply purchasing some race-themed tickets. A little fun fact actually, the actual race track has been around 1909, and before it became a museum 50 years later, over 100 races have been done there as well as the famous Indy 500. So when you’re in town, be sure to drop by and get some nostalgia as to how the racing scene was back then.
Indiana War Memorial.
Second, only to Washington D.C, Indianapolis has the biggest and best memorial for all veterans and those soldiers who had lost their lives during the war. This memorial actually has 2 museums for you to learn more about how the war was back then, three parks for everyone to enjoy a small picnic over, and over 3 acres of monuments and statues dedicated to the fallen heroes. And if you do plan on visiting the museums, be sure to spend more time in the Indiana War Memorial Museum, and feel completely immersed in history, with the Shrine Room that is completely breathtaking and it pays homage to all those who fought in World War 1.
Probably the biggest landmark you’ll be visiting, the Central Canal is a 3-mile loop that flows by the Indiana State Museum, Victory Field, the Indianapolis Zoo, and the 250-acre White River State Park, among other tourist attractions. It is a huge canal that you can either walk by or even hire a professional gondolier to take you along the Canal and experience the City in a unique and special way. You will absolutely be blown away with how the City’s skyline forms, and even get to see a waterfall along the way! So if you want a pseudo tour across Naptown, then going along the Canal is definitely the best way for you.
Those are just some of the major tourist attractions in Indianapolis. We haven’t even covered the Zoo and the various other museums it has! Well, when you do get there, you now at least have a better idea of where to go and the places to visit. And just because it’s nicknamed Naptown, does not mean you’ll find yourself sleeping or bored while you’re in town. You’re just going to have to look hard for the great things you can do in this historical city! …
Can you remember the last time you looked at the stars? Or sat down and star gazed? Colorado is one of the states that have an amazing view of the Milky Way that seems lightyears away.
Time it Right
Planning out the perfect time to watch the Milky Way is important as it is not always around. It makes its grand appearance between April and September.
April and May would be for the early birds. The Milky Way appears right before dawn and vanishes as the sun comes up. Waking up to watch the Milky Way disappear into the sunrise, sounds like the perfect morning.
June to the beginning half of August is for the night owls. This is when the Milky Way appears around mid-night and usually stays out for the rest of the evening. This could be an amazing little night trip to get out of the house on the weekends.
The rest of August and the month of September is when you can probably see it the most. During these two months, the Milky Way appears as soon as the sun goes down and the sky turns dark. Talk about the perfect date night to have dinner and watch the stars take over as the sun fades into the sunset. So romantic!
Many people can see this extravagant sight from the comfort of their homes. Keep in mind that the more lights you are near, the less of the sky you will see.
In Colorado, some nights the towns have what they call “Lights Out.” This is where the whole town turns off their lights so everyone can enjoy the once in a lifetime view of the Milky Way.
There are some locations you can go to see the stars better than usual like the Great Sand Dunes National Park. This park is open 24/7 and has sand for miles and miles. This means there are no mountains to block your view.
San Luia also has flat land for miles and miles. This area has dirt roads you can pull over and watch the stars from the top of your car or the back of your truck.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park is a gem itself. It is known for the colorful clay patterns that have been formed over thousands of years. You can walk in the bottom between the tall colorful columns they have, or you can climb to the top where it is flat. Can you imagine watching the stars from the top of those rocks? That would be the most unforgettable sight.
Rocky Mountain National Park is another option you can go to get a good view of the Milky Way. Just keep in mind that there may be some areas that have a lot of mountains and you might not be able to get the view you were wishing for compares to somewhere like the Sand Dunes.
Next time you want to stargaze and connect with nature, I suggest you take the trip to Colorado.…
Beaches are a classic family-friendly destination, and for good reason. A day at the beach can be a memory you keep forever – blue skies, crashing waves, and enough sand to fill a silo. Hilton Head Island, located in South Carolina is a beach-lovers’ dream. Aptly named, Hilton Head is a barrier island just 20 miles northeast of neighboring Savannah, Georgia. Here are a few stunning water-side destinations you have to check out in Hilton Head!
1. Burkes Beach
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Burkes Beach checks all the boxes for what you would want in a waterside attraction. Located just next to Chaplin Community Park and Marriot’s SurfWatch Hotel, Burkes offers beautiful, cresting shores and perhaps more importantly, easy parking! There’s tons of sand space and room to safely move around. Burkes is also a popular destination for dog-owners, so don’t hesitate to bring Spot this weekend.
2. Coligny Beach Park
More than just a beach, Coligny offers both walking and biking trails – and even WiFi if you get sick of the outdoors! There’s free parking just across from the beach (which is always welcome, right?) and Coligny is within walking distance to the historic Coligny Plaza. There’s plenty of restaurants and shops nearby when you’re done tanning in the sun – including everything from a Tee Hut to a Piggly Wiggly grocery store, so you can be sure to stock up on snacks before you go. Just wait to eat them until you’re done swimming.
3. Hilton Head Beach
Of course, we’ve got to include Hilton Head’s namesake beach. Officially in season from the first of April to September 30, Hilton Head Beach is a local favorite and is located just off Admirals Drive. While the beach can get very busy, there’s a lot of room to go around. Check out places like Comedy Magic Cabaret or Carolina’s Cigars after you’re done, as they’re in easy walking distance. Really, if you’re in the area just once, head here and cross it off the bucket list.
There’s really nothing like a beach vacation. And in Hilton Head, you’ll be more than covered. Beaches as far as the eye can see, with winding bike paths, gorgeous walking trails, and even WiFi too. In fact, Hilton has 13 miles of beach and 64 miles of paths. Just be cautious about parking, stay safe in the water, and don’t eat too much at the nearby food joints before going for a swim.…