One of the great things about Tuscaloosa is how centrally located it is in our region. We are able to drive to some of the most incredible and interesting places in the South in under six hours. Summer always makes for a great time to travel around to see some new places. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Blackberry Farm : This rural compound is an incredible place to spend a weekend. Located in the Smoky Mountains this ranch offers an extremely luxurious stay. Great grounds to wander during the day, and world-class food at night. Only about six hours drive from Tuscaloosa, this facility makes for an excellent get-away. Reviews can be found here.
- The Nanthahala Outdoor Center: There’s nothing quite like the adventure and excitement of white-water rafting, and this who you want to go with. Whether you’re a hardened vet, or a total first timer, this guide company will have something for you. For the more experienced rafters, there’s the Upper Ocoee, which is the run of river used in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. If you want a more laid back trip, take the self-guided Nanthahala trip. All you need is a crew and you can captain your own rafts through some small to medium sized rapids. This destination is just under six hours away. Reviews can be found here.
- New Orleans French Quarter: Visiting New Orleans outside of Mardi gras season is something that everyone should be able to enjoy. The people of New Orleans are unlike anyone else, and the city has a spirit all its own. Unfortunately the city has developed something of a bad reputation. That’s why going in the “off-season” is a great idea. Seeing the sights and eating the food will make you fall in love with the Emerald City (if you haven’t already). Our vote on where to stay? Hotel Provincial is a French Quarter mainstay, and comes highly recommended. It only takes four and a half hours to get to New Orleans from Tuscaloosa.
Getting out of town for a few days is something that we can all appreciate. Fortunately for us we live in a place that is right in the middle of everything. There are dozens of places that we could list, so do a little research and find a place to visit. Where are your favorite places to visit in the summer?