This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alabama Tourism. The opinions and text are all mine.
1. Food Festivals
Live music, phenomenal food (think gumbo and handmade ice cream) and free admission – Alabama food festivals are a no-brainer to add to the road trip list! If you’re planning to head out on your Alabama adventure soon, be sure to check out the upcoming events. We’re thinking Lobsterfest and the Peanut Boil Festival both sound like tasty ideas!
2. Saw’s BBQ
Smoked Chicken and White Barbecue Sauce – Need we say more? This dreamy dish is served up at Saw’s BBQ, a humble spot in Birmingham, Alabama. If you’re a BBQ traditionalist, though, don’t fret – they’ve got something for everyone. Ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, stuffed taters – you name it, they’ve got it, and we want it all! If all that wasn’t enough to put Saw’s on your Alabama road trip itinerary; Paula Deen just dished out her “10 Best BBQ Places in America”, and this soul-food-centric restaurant took the number 1 spot!
3. Orange Beach
You had us at “sugar-white sand beaches”! This might be a spot where we each spend a day doing our own thing – the golfer heads to the course and the beach lover dips her toes into the sea while indulging in a good book and a dose of Vitamin D! Our ideal visit to Orange Beach? Well, after a day of relaxation, we would top it off with some of Alabama’s extraordinary seafood and then head out for a sunset sail! (Chartering a boat is easy – Don’t worry, they come with a captain!)
We believe road trips can be luxurious and even deserve a white tablecloth restaurant from time to time! An impressive stone-clad building overlooking Lake Martin, with cozy fireplaces and a relaxing atmosphere, SpringHouse, in Alexander City, Alabama, is a road trip splurge we’d like to make. If the exposed rustic beams, stunning open kitchen and water views aren’t enough to sway you – the impressively artistic and locally sourced fare certainly should. Save room for SpringHouses signature s’mores dessert and be sure to try something from their ever-evolving cocktail menu!
5. Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway
Boasting stunning views, beautiful beaches, historic sites and much more – the Coastal Connection is a great way to sample Alabama’s rich culture. Watch the dolphins play in the gulf, do a bit of bird watching, head out to sea or simply take in the views from your spot in the sand! We’re ready get planning so we can hit the road and start embracing the sights and flavors of this incredible region!
Barbecue, beaches and southern hospitality is winning combination, and Sweet Home Alabama has it all! We’re ready to hit the open road, stopping along the way to savor the flavors of Alabama, marvel at the sparkling water of the Gulf and take in the rich, Southern culture any chance we get! Whether you’re still stitching together last minute summer plans, or you’re looking ahead for your next adventure – consider an Alabama road trip, maybe we’ll bump into you at a BBQ joint!