Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Auburn, Alabama? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Auburn, Alabama?”
I was born and raised in Alabama and, for as long as I can remember, Auburn has been called “the Loveliest Village on the Plains.” This nickname is an obvious nod to the geography — Auburn lies in a mostly flat part of the state by the Alabama/Georgia line — and gives us insight to the Southern charm that inundates all aspects of the city’s culture. In the past, it also referred to Auburn’s size, though calling the fastest-growing city in Alabama a “village” no longer fits. Home to Auburn University, the state’s land grant university, the area once was lined with agricultural areas and cow pastures. Over the last couple of decades, those open spaces have been replaced by sprawling development and exciting new things for the city. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a tight-knit, sports-crazed city that loves their Auburn Tigers, but the new development has created many more options for entertainment and a sneaky good culinary scene. And being just under a two-hour drive from Atlanta, Birmingham and Montgomery, it’s also easily accessible.