5 amazing day trips to take from the Rocket City

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DeSoto State Park in Mentone is one of my favorite day trips to take from Huntsville. (Michael Seale/Hville Blast)

With the holidays coming up, kids will be out of school more and families may be looking for stuff to do to pass the time together. So why not get the family together (or if you need an escape, go solo) and take one of these day trips — all less than two hours from Huntsville.

Whether you’re looking to visit museums, take a nature stroll or go shopping, you can get there and back within the day and still have time to have fun in these towns:


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Take a trip to Chattanooga and visit the aquarium. (Photo by Tory Doughty on Unsplash)

Chattanooga is about an hour and 45 minutes from Huntsville, and offers a scenic drive this time of year, in addition to multiple attractions to fill your day before heading back to the Rocket City.

Be sure to check out:


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Mentone is one of the most scenic day trips you can take from Huntsville. (Michael Seale/Hville Blast)

Like Chattanooga, Mentone has the aesthetic beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and so many cool spots to visit in the fall. As well, you won’t find a more beautiful place to see fall foliage in Alabama. Located a little over and hour from Huntsville, this is a fantastic day trip (or weekend trip if you are so inclined)

A few points of interest in Mentone:

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Desoto Falls is beautiful. (Michael Seale/Hville Blast)


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There have been a lot of day trips between Huntsville and Birmingham for my family. (Michael Seale/Hville Blast)

A little more than an hour and a half away from the Rocket City is the Magic City — with plenty to offer in the way of restaurants, museums, scenery, shopping and more.

While you’re there, keep these spots in mind:

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Make sure to visit the Birmingham Zoo while you are in the Magic City. (Michael Seale/Hville Blast)

The Quad Cities

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Visit the birthplace of W.C. Handy in Florence. (Audrey Johnson/Hville Blast)

Just an hour and a half away from Huntsville are the Quad Cities — Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia — with their charm, rich music history and North Alabama hospitality.

Here are a few cool things you can do on a day trip to the Quad Cities:

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There are few spots in Alabama more charming than downtown Florence. (Audrey Johnson/Hville Blast)


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Lake Guntersville is another one of our top day trips to take this fall. (Photo by 12019 on Pixabay)

Less than an hour away from the Rocket City is Guntersville, with a quaint downtown area, plenty of natural beauty, parks — and of course Lake Guntersville. This is perhaps one of the easiest day trips to take from Huntsville.

While there, you can see:

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