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” Huntsville, 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 Huntsville, Alabama?”
Huntsville will surprise you. Alabama’s newly crowned largest city offers a very different vibe than other parts of the state or even the South. The small Tennessee Valley city went through a population boom in the 1950s as former German scientists relocated to the area for the space industry. (Yes, it’s a space hub.) Assisting with the Apollo lunar landing program gave it the nickname the Rocket City, which still sticks today. The heyday of the space program is long gone, but the high-tech jobs that came with it stayed. Now the new reasons to visit have nothing to do with space but with the beautiful outdoors and food and drink scenes. Let’s take a tour.