Here is our first annual list of the ten most romantic spots in Alabama!
A state that stretches from the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico to the Appalachian Mountains is bound to be loaded with incredible places and Alabama has a little bit of everything. We’ve assembled 14 of our favorite destinations for you and think you will find them charming, romantic and intriguing.
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us but you still have time to visit one or more of these beautiful places. You might even consider using this list to create your own tour and then spending an entire vacation visiting each one.
If you have suggestions that we should consider for next year’s list, please let us know by leaving a comment.
- Fairhope, Alabama This charming community on the famed Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay is a romantic jewel. The downtown district is gorgeous, you can watch the sunset from the pier and there are accommodations and places to eat galore! There are few places anywhere with the natural scenic beauty of Fairhope.
- Covered Bridge Trail in Blount County Three restored covered bridges and a chance to stop at a real Palisades Park highlight this tour. There’s a reason that previous generations called this spans “kissing bridges”!
- DeSoto State Park & DeSoto Falls DeSoto Falls is one of the biggest and most spectacular waterfalls in Alabama. DeSoto State Park features a number of smaller falls as well as a lodge, restaurant and cabins tucked away along the edge of a beautiful canyon.
- Brierfield Ironworks Historial State Park A ruined ironworks might not sound romantic but believe us, this place should be on your list! The scenery is gorgeous and you can even stay in an authentic restored log cabin.
- Gulf State Park Just one turn off crowded US 98 in Gulf Shores is an oasis of nature with lakes, trails and gorgeous lakeside cottages. It is a perfect place to “get away from it all” with the amenities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach just minutes away!
- Eufaula, Alabama & Lakepoint Resort State Park Eufaula is one of the most beautiful historic cities in the South. The antebellum and Victorian homes rival any that you will find anywhere and the tree-shaded streets and glistening blue water of Lake Eufaula add to the charm. Lakepoint Resort State Park is on the outskirts of town and offers beautiful views of the lake, lakeside cabins, a marina where you can rent boats (including pontoon boats), a lodge/hotel with lakeview rooms and a restaurant that is a perfect place to enjoy dinner while watching the sun set over the water.
- Cheaha State Park Crowning the top of Alabama’s tallest mountain is Cheaha State Park. Bald Rock and Pulpit Rock offer magnificent views and spectacular sunsets. There are cabins, chalets, a lodge/hotel and a mountaintop restaurant known for its great food and incredible views. In the surrounding Talladega National Forest you will find more mountain scenery, hiking trails and a number of very nice waterfalls.
- Fort Morgan Historic Site A fort is romantic? In this case…YES. Fort Morgan occupies the very tip of Mobile Point, a long peninsula of white sand that divides the blue water of Mobile Bay from the sparkling waves of the Gulf of Mexico. The windswept views are remarkable and the old fort adds history and long dark tunnels to explore.
- Little River Canyon National Preserve Canyon Rim Drive takes you to a series of spectacular overlooks at this “Grand Canyon of the East.” Watch hawks and eagles soar on the breeze, enjoy stunning views, hike to the bottom to see the roaring river that carved the canyon – or if you are really brave and visit in the right season you can try your hand at whitewater rafting! Little River Falls delight visitors of all ages and the distant view of Bridal Veil Falls is perfect for a romantic stop.
- Historic Blakeley State Park There is just something romantic about ghost towns and lost places! History Blakeley once rivaled Mobile to become the major port city of Alabama. Now its a place of wilderness solitude known for its beautiful scenery. Magnificent live oaks are draped in Spanish moss and the boardwalk along the shore of the Blakeley River is a perfect place for a hand in hand walk and a photograph or two.
- Noccalula Falls The legend of Noccalula tells of star-crossed lovers who are denied marriage by a determined father. Unable to marry her true love, the Cherokee princess Noccalula hurled herself from the waterfall and died in the roaring water, rocks and mists below. Her statue perpetually tumbles from the top of the falls as couples walk hand in hand with the cool spray of the water touching their faces.
- Old Cahawba Once the capital city of Alabama, this historic ghost town is filled with romance. There are columns from old Southern mansions and flowing artesian wells. A restored Episcopal church is available for weddings and the stories of so many faded dreams from long ago combine with a beautiful setting where the Cahaba River flows into the Alabama River to make this one of the most romantic spots in the South.
- Oak Mountain State Park & Peavine Falls Just a short drive south of Alabama’s largest city is beautiful Oak Mountain State Park. The top of the mountain offers beautiful views and places to picnic that feel like the top of the earth. Down a nature trail is Peavine Falls, a pretty waterfall that flows best in the winter and early spring. Down below are a lake and other amenities.
- Dothan Area Botanical Gardens This garden of dreams is the perfect place for a romantic stroll. A vast gardens is filled with an amazing variety of roses. You can experience a jungle-like setting filled with plants from around the world. A paved trail winds through trees and past azalea gardens and water features. This truly beautiful place will instantly become one of your favorites.