Huntsville is located in the northern region of Alabama, functioning as the seat of Madison County. With a population of approximately 180,000 residents, Huntsville is the fourth largest city in the state. The city prospered along the hills of the Tennessee River, finding humble beginnings in textile mills, munitions factories, and then eventually, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the United State Army Aviation and Missile Command. Because of its distinct history, Huntsville was named as one of “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This small southern city is rampant with culture and features a number of historic districts such as Old Town, Twickenham, and Five Points.

A number of museums populate the area, which will stimulate the interests of those from all walks of life. Spend a Saturday afternoon with the kids at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (which is home to the U.S. Space Camp), the Early Works Museum, or the Huntsville Museum of Arts. Huntsville also holds a number of festivals in the months of March, April, May, September, and October where residents can enjoy a spectrum of activities from art viewings to live performances. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the 57 parks within the city limits, offering amenities such as athletic fields, walking trails, and children’s playgrounds.