Cherry blossoms in Big Spring Park
Exploring the Shuttle Park at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Hole No. 5 at Hampton Cove Golf Course in Owens Cross Roads
Scenery along the Bog Trail at Monte Sano State Park
Damson Aquatic Garden at the Huntsville Botanical Garden
Rock climbing on the Stone Cuts Trail, a hiking path through limestone cliffs
Shady street full of historic charm
Nighttime view of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Historical views at Alabama’s oldest surviving railroad depot
Exterior of the Weeden House Museum in the Twickenham Historic District
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- Huntsville (HSV)
A high-tech city with a historical legacy
Surpassing expectations has been a theme for Huntsville and extends to what the city offers to visitors. Home to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the world-renowned Space Camp, the city’s skyline is quite literally defined by a 36-story-tall Saturn V moon rocket.
Visitors have plenty of options for fun. The arts and sciences collide here as Huntsville is home to the southeast USA's premier arts festival, Panoply, as well as the nation’s largest private arts facility, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. You’ll find a plethora of STEM-related (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) attractions, including Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
The real question is where to start. Should visitors begin at Burritt on the Mountain for breath-taking views of the Tennessee Valley? What about exploring the two downtown Arts & Entertainment Districts? Why not visit the Huntsville Museum of Art, which was recently named one of the Top 10 destinations in Alabama? Whether partaking in a downtown scavenger hunt or trying out one of the area’s many local breweries or food trucks, visitors will have fun no matter where they begin.
Did you know?
• Huntsville has the largest collection of antebellum homes in Alabama.
• The Huntsville Botanical Garden is home to the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house.
• The Huntsville Museum of Art is has the largest collection of art by American women, the Sellars Collection, in the USA.
• The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail begins at Hampton Cove in Huntsville and winds 550 kilometers south to the gulf – 11 venues and 468 holes later.
• Ditto Landing in Huntsville is the midpoint of the Tennessee River.
• Huntsville and Madison County offers dozens of spa spaces and close to 7,000 hotel rooms.
• Unique lunch experiences abound and include dining in an old jail cell at Main Street Café, which is in a restored City Hall and jail in Madison, a 15-minute drive from Huntsville.
• Huntsville was ranked the fourth Geekiest City in the USA by the U.S. National Science Foundation (August 2011).
• Huntsville was ranked the fourth most optimistic city in the USA by Gallup (September 2011).
• Huntsville was named one of the nation’s Top 10 leading creative class metros by the Atlantic Cities Place Mattes (July 2012).
Huntsville’s nickname is the "Rocket City" because space technology has been developed here since the 1950s.
The Huntsville Botanical Garden is home to the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house.
Huntsville was ranked the fourth most optimistic city in the USA by Gallup.