Alabama is known for its distinctive charm and rich southern culture, making it an extraordinary place to call home. Many Alabamians enjoy the Yellowhammer State’s five largest cities - Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, Mobile, and Tuscaloosa. However, there is great admiration for its smaller towns.

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Add these charming smaller towns to your Alabama road trip bucket list for an unforgettable experience.

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Athens – population 25,992 – Limestone County

You'll find many attractions in Athens, including the Alabama Veterans Museum, Donnell House, Houston Memorial Library, Newby Gulf Station Museum, and more. For a glimpse into the past, visit the U.G. White Mercantile Store, where you can find many items for sale.

Bayou La Batre – population 2,543 – Mobile County

Bayou La Batre proudly holds the title Seafood Capital of Alabama, offering many fantastic seafood dining options. The Flounder dinner at Catalina Bayou and the mouth-watering Oyster Poboy at the Lighthouse are among the top favorites. Additionally, treat yourself to a delightful drive down the picturesque scenic byway 188, bordered by captivating old oak trees that make for picture-perfect scenery.

Cullman – population 15,729 – Cullman County

Cullman is packed with outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. Some of the top attractions to explore are the Ave Maria Grotto, crossing the charming Clarkson Covered Bridge, strolling through Depot Park, visiting Smith Farms, and experiencing the rich history of the Cullman Railroad Depot. And these are just a few of the many exciting options waiting for you in Cullman! Plus there is Christmas in Cullman.

Decatur – population 54,478 – Morgan and Limestone Counties

When it comes to festivals, Decatur is the ultimate destination. One of the beloved events is the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic, where you can see colorful hot air balloons. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Point Mallard Park, which offers many fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Decatur truly knows how to provide endless entertainment!


Eclectic – population 1,309 – Elmore County

The intriguing Eclectic town name has a fascinating origin linked to its founder, Dr. Fielder, who practiced eclectic medicine, drawing inspiration from Native American healing practices. Please mark your calendars for the Alabama Cotton Festival in October, as it promises a beautiful experience you won't want to miss.

Eufaula – population 12,065- Barbour County

In the eyes of many, Eufaula can be described with a single word: beautiful. Visitors are highly recommended to stop at the renowned Lakepoint Resort State Park, which offers an unforgettable experience.

Marion – population 3,275 – Perry County

Marion, a remarkable small town in the Black Belt region of Alabama, is a destination worth exploring. Military history enthusiasts will enjoy visiting this town, as it boasts the Marion Military Museum—a must-visit attraction that offers a captivating glimpse into the past.

Mountain Brook – population 20,436 – Jefferson County

The scenic and winding roads of Mountain Brook are clutch. Less than 2 miles from Mountain Brook, you can check out the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Zoo, and the Cahaba River Walk. Also, there is excellent shopping and dining as well in the villages.

Orange Beach – population 6,019 – Baldwin County

Orange Beach is a gem of a town on the Alabama Gulf Coast. There is so much to do in this beach town. Stop by the Orange Beach Waterfront Park, the Wharf Ferris Wheel, and so much more.

Tuscumbia, Alabama – population 8,444 – Colbert County

Tuscumbia makes for a perfect day trip. It has tons of history, attractions, and views. Here are my must-visit stops: the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve, the Birthplace of Helen Keller, and more.

(Source) Population Data provided by Alabama Demographics. 

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