From relaxing coastal escapes and fun water parks to historic inns and B&Bs, Alabama is home to many great places you can visit visit for a quick weekend getaway. Whether you want to get away from it all surrounded by nature or head to Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, Gadsden, Florence, Fairhope or Mobile for shopping, art, entertainment and restaurants, there are many excellent options to choose from. We have included approximate driving times from Birmingham to help you plan your trip. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.

Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa

Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa

The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa is located in the charming small beach hamlet of Point Clear, near Fairhope. Play golf on two excellent golf courses, a part of the Lakewood Club, head to the 20,000-square-foot Grand Spa, have fun at a fantastic pool complex that kids love, or play a game of tennis on ten tennis courts. Be sure to leave plenty of time to explore miles of white sand beaches stretched along Alabama's beautiful Gulf coast. The rooms have magnificent views of Alabama's Mobile Bay or the lively marina. More info

1 Grand Blvd, Point Clear, AL 36564, Phone: 844-631-0595

Fort Conde Inn (3 hours 30 min from Birmingham)

Fort Conde Inn (3 hours 30 min from Birmingham)

The Fort Conde Inn is a historic inn filled with Southern hospitality and charm that gives visitors a glimpse into a bygone era with its Victorian architecture which dates back to 1836. You'll be within walking distance to top Mobile attractions when you stay here. Ask about Stay & Play packages which let you play golf on 27 championship holes at TimberCreek. More info/a>

165 St. Emanuel Street, Mobile, AL 36602, Phone: 251-405-5040

The Hotel at Auburn University

The Hotel at Auburn University

The Hotel at Auburn University is the premiere hotel facility of Alabama's Auburn University, located on the college's campus approximately one-half mile from Jordan-Hare Stadium. Onsite dining options include the upscale Mediterranean restaurant Ariccia Trattoria and the relaxing jazz cocktail lounge Piccolo. Relax next to the outdoor pool, work out at the state-of-the-art fitness center, or plan your next company meeding at the 22,000-square-foot Dixon Conference Center.

241 S College St, Auburn, AL 36830, Phone: 800-228-2876

Texas vacations: From Houston, For Couples, Weekend Getaways in Texas, Texas Hill Country, Family Getaways

Magnolia Springs - 4 hours

Magnolia Springs - 4 hours

Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast offers a romantic retreat on an oak-lined avenue.

The B&B offers five rooms and guest suites, all with wood panelling. Spend your days walking around the small community of Magnolia and watching the Magnolia River. There are a number of beautiful nature walks in the area. In the evening, sit on the wraparound veranda and sip a mint julep while watching the great oak trees.

There are a number of southern-style restaurants in the area offering home-style cooking and your hosts will be happy to direct you to the perfect one for your needs. In the morning, start your day with a three-course breakfast which includes a number of local specialities such as grits and fresh bay oysters. More info

14469 Oak Street, Magnolia Springs, Alabama 36555, Phone: 251-965-7321

Ideas by Occasion: Relax at a spa, Girls weekend, Birthday, Family, Honeymoon Weekend, All-Inclusive

The Beach Club – Gulf Shores - 4 hours 20 min

The Beach Club – Gulf Shores - 4 hours 20 min

The Beach Club is a luxury, family-friendly resort for those looking for a fun vacation offering one- to five-bedroom beach view condos and two- to five-bedroom village cottages. All rentals are self-catering and come with a fully equipped kitchen. The spa has four treatment rooms and a full salon to ensure that you are relaxed and looking your best.

The Kids Club offers diverse activities such as movies and t-shirt making.

Play a game of beach volleyball or spend your days relaxing on the sand.

The resort offers a variety of dining options: Coast Restaurant serves seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, the Village Hideaway offers grilled dishes, craft beer and entertainment; and the Gulfside Grill is a seasonal poolside eatery serving light meals.

925 Beach Club Trail, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542, Phone: 866-348-9112, website link, Get Rates

More ideas: Gulf Coast Beaches

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa

An elegant retreat for romantics, Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa is one of the top resorts in Alabama and an easy getaway from the city.

The resort offers 259 guest rooms with private balconies and lake views. You can upgrade to a high level room that boasts scenic views and a private whirlpool. Keep fit on the jogging/walking trails, swim in the pool or workout at the gym. Admire scenic mountain views while you play a game of golf at the Par 72 Ross Bridge golf course.

The spa offers a wide range of treatments, and couple’s treatment rooms for a romantic massage.

The resort has several dining options, including Brock’s which serves Mediterranean cuisine, the Clubhouse which is an American-style dinner and JT Lounge which serves light meals. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily in one of the venues. Keep reading for more exciting weekend getaways in Alabama for couples. More info

4000 Grand Ave, Birmingham, Alabama 35226, Phone: 205-916-7677

Weekend Inspiration: NC Getaways, Small Town Getaways, From Toronto, Oklahoma, From Jackson, From Louisville, For Couples

Valley Hotel, Homewood, AL

Valley Hotel, Homewood, AL

A part of the Hilton Curio Collection, the Valley Hotel Homewood is ideally located to place guests within easy access of all the attractions of Homewood and Birmingham. Valley Hotel offers guests a variety of guestrooms to choose from including 2-bed Queen-rooms which would be perfect for a family of 4 or premium King rooms ideal for a romantic getaway. The rooms are all fresh, modern and comfortable and offer complimentary Wi-Fi and streaming TV. You can keep up with your fitness routine at the fitness center and enjoy a hearty breakfast in the bistro and delicious American comfort food at the on-site restaurant.

2727 18th Street S, Homewood, AL 35209, 205 354 0171

More ideas: Alabama Beaches

Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa - 4 hours

Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa - 4 hours

The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort offers luxury family accommodations on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. The 405 guest suites and rooms at the hotel offer all the amenities that you will need on holiday, including private bathrooms. Choose between a view of the marina, bay or the resort gardens and pool. The 20,000 square foot spa offers a range of treatments including couples massages to ensure that you feel relaxed. Enjoy a game of golf at one of the Par 72 Lakewood Golf Club courses at the resort.

Kids can participate in arts, crafts and other organised activities at the Grand Hotel Fun Camp for 5 – 12 year olds. The resort has several dining options including, the Grand Steakhouse which offers Angus and Kobe steak, the Saltwater Grill serving seafood and the relaxed Bucky’s Birdcage Lounge offering light meals, cocktails and nightly entertainment.

One Grand Boulevard, P.O. Box 639, Point Clear, Alabama 36564, Phone: 251-928-9201

Visit Alabama's romantic waterfalls on your weekend trip.

Comfort Inn and Suites, Scottsboro

Comfort Inn and Suites, Scottsboro

Located near Lake Guntersville, the Comfort Inn and Suites in Scottsboro enjoys a fabulous location with views towards the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The inn is a great choice for families who can spread out in one of the 2-Queen bed rooms, all of which have complimentary W-Fi and Closed Caption TV. Guests can help themselves to a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning and other great amenities include an indoor heated pool, fitness center, a picnic area and laundry facilities. You can spend your weekend enjoying boating and fishing on Lake Guntersville or antiquing and shopping in downtown Scottsboro.

25775 John T. Reid Pkwy, Scottsboro, AL 35768, 256 259 8700, website link, Get Rates

More ideas: Orange Beach, AL Activities

Doubletree by Hilton, Decatur Riverfront

Doubletree by Hilton, Decatur Riverfront

Placing guests within easy reach of Point Mallard Park and the Steamboat Memorial Bridge, the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton is a good option for a getaway weekend in Decatur, Alabama. Known as “the River City”, Decatur enjoys a great location along the Tennessee River and Wheeler Lake. There are plenty of attractions for the whole family to enjoy including the Cook Museum of Natural Science and the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. After a busy day of exploring, the Doubletree hotel provides a welcoming place to relax and rewind. You can soak in the indoor or outdoor pool, exercise in the fitness center or just relax in your comfortable guestroom with a room-service meal from Twist Grill and Bar.

1101 6th Ave NE, Decatur, AL 35601, 256 355 3150, Get Rates

More ideas: Caves in Alabama

Malaga Inn - 3 hours 40 min

Malaga Inn - 3 hours 40 min

Malaga Inn is situated in one of the historic houses in downtown Mobile and is filled with the charm of a bygone era. Choose between a suite, historic room or courtyard room. All rooms are decorated with period furnishings and features to suit this beautifully restored home. Take a historic tour of the house including the secret tunnels used by soldiers during the civil war. Swim in the pool and relax in this oasis in the heart of town.

Stroll through downtown Mobile and return to the Inn for a cocktail on the porch. A full breakfast is served in the main dining room of the house or next to the pool on sunny days. There are a number of restaurants surrounding the Inn and you are sure to find one to suit your palate for lunch and dinner.

359 Church Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602, Phone: 800-235-1586

More ideas: Alabama State Parks

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, Birmingham

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, Birmingham

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook is one of the Marriott group’s Autograph Collection hotels, which guarantees you an above average hotel experience. The hotel is located in the peaceful suburb of Mountain Brook yet it places guests within easy access of the all attractions of Birmingham. As you would expect, the décor is decidedly bohemian, offering visitors bright pops of color, unique artworks and more. The guestrooms and suites are tastefully decorated and all feature marble bathrooms, walk in showers and interesting lights and lamps. There is a large outdoor pool and a fitness center and you can dine at the rooftop restaurant which features locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine. More info

2655 Park Lane Road, Birmingham, AL 35223, 205 414 0505

More ideas: Alabama with Kids

The Mistletoe Bough Bed & Breakfast - 1 hour 20 minutes

The Mistletoe Bough Bed & Breakfast - 1 hour 20 minutes

The Mistletoe Bough Bed & Breakfast offers a romantic experience with a choice of five different rooms and suites with private bathrooms and Victorian-style decor. Relax while taking a stroll through the gardens, admiring a variety of flowers and birds. Sit on the wraparound veranda with a glass of sweet tea or mint julep. Historic downtown Alexander City is a few minutes’ walk from the B & B. A buffet breakfast is served every morning in the Victorian dining room of the house.

Complimentary coffee, tea and cool drinks are available throughout the day. There are a number of restaurants within walking distance of the inn. You may also enjoy the local Alabama flea market.

497 Hillabee St, Alexander City, AL 35010, Phone: 256-329-3717

Don't Miss: Celebrate with a romantic dinner at Spring House Restaurant on Lake Martin which serves delicious rustic dishes prepared in an open kitchen featuring a wood-fired oven.

More ideas: Things to Do in Gulf Shores

Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Hotel Winfrey

Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Hotel Winfrey

The Hotel Winfrey will appeal to travelers who like modern design. The hotel has 329 guest rooms, decorated in modern neutral tones.

Choose between standard rooms, king size rooms, regency club rooms and suites. Relax in the luxurious Regency Club with a drink or a cup of coffee. Take a dip in the seasonal outdoor swimming pool, keep fit in the fully equipped StayFit gym or take a fitness class.

Explore the mall and gallery adjacent to the hotel.

A buffet breakfast is served every morning in the main dining room. Dine at Merk’s Tavern and Kitchen, or enjoy cocktails at the No Name Lounge. There are many great things to do in Birmingham.

1000 Riverchase Galleria, Birmingham, Alabama 35244, Phone: 205-705-1234

More ideas: Things to Do in Decatur

Turquoise Place - 4 hours 20 minutes

Turquoise Place - 4 hours 20 minutes

Turquoise Place is an adventure-filled, family-friendly beach resort that offers three-, four- or five-bedroom condominiums with views of the Gulf.

Each unit has a private balcony with a whirlpool, outdoor grill, modern décor and a kitchen. The resort has five swimming pools, two of which are heated.

Spend the afternoon on a tube going down the lazy river. A range of family activities are offered year round such as painting and tie-dye classes.

Relax in one of the four treatment rooms in the spa, while indulging in one of the many treatments.

There are no restaurants at the resort but there are a number of kid-friendly restaurants serving a wide variety of foods.

26302 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, Alabama 36561, Phone: 877-720-5864

More ideas: Day Trips from Birmingham

Perdido Beach Resort - 4 hours 20 minutes

Perdido Beach Resort - 4 hours 20 minutes

Perdido Beach Resort is a family-friendly resort in Orange Beach offering 346 guest rooms with private balconies and views across the bay. The rooms are decorated in a modern beachside style.

Play a game of beach volleyball, relax on the dock or workout at the fully equipped gym. Swim in the indoor/outdoor swimming pool and if you are feeling energetic try a game of tennis. The concierge can set up a wide range of activities for you, from deep sea diving to helicopter tours.

The resort has a number of dining options, including fine dining at Voyagers, casual family dining at Latitude 30, pizza at the Perdido Beach Pizza Company and poolside dining at the Splashy Bar and Grille. The resort offers a number of themed dining events throughout the summer months. More info

27200 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, Alabama 36561, Phone: 800-634-8001

More ideas: Best Family Beaches

Lake Guntersville Bed and Breakfast

Lake Guntersville Bed and Breakfast

Located in a charming, historic 1910 home on the hill overlooking magnificent Lake Guntersville and shadowed by the mighty Appalachians, Guntersville Bed & Breakfast offers luxury accommodation in a convenient downtown location.

Each room is unique, spacious, and beautifully appointed with high quality beds, private baths, and TVs. Most have a private entrance from the lovely wrap-around porch.

The common area on the second floor has a business center and a coffee and tea station, while third floor has a media and game room where you can come to get to know your fellow travelers.

You can enjoy a gourmet breakfast on the porch or in the dining room and a complementary glass of wine or beer on the porch during Happy Hour. There are many great activities in Guntersville, including Lake Guntersville fishing.

2204 Scott Street, Guntersville, Alabama 35976, Phone: 256-505-0133

More ideas: Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel

The Original Romar House - 4 hours 20 minutes

The Original Romar House - 4 hours 20 minutes

The Original Romar House Bed and Breakfast Inn will appeal to couples looking for a romantic, secluded and peaceful getaway without children.

The seven rooms are individually themed and decorated. Enjoy a swim in the pool,

walk along the beach or relax with a book on the patio. In the evening, indulge in a drink or two with your fellow guests at the onsite Purple Parrot Bar.

A hot tub is provided for guest use on the patio and has spectacular ocean views.

Full breakfast is served in the inn dining room or on the patio in sunny weather and includes a number of local favorites.

Have lunch and dinner at any one of the many local seafood restaurants and steakhouses. The inn only allows guests over 21.

23500 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, Alabama 36561, Phone: 251-974-1625

More ideas: Things to Do in Fort Payne

Gorham’s Bluff

Gorham’s Bluff

Spectacular views of the Tennessee River and the surrounding land are offered from every room at Gorham’s Bluff Lodge and Cottages. The resort has six suites, situated in the lodge and five separate cottages. Guest accommodations are decorated in an elegant country style and designed to help you relax. Enjoy the natural beauty of the area by partaking in one of the many activities offered by the resort such as hiking, boating and swimming.

Spend your days relaxing on the veranda of the lodge, taking in the breathtaking views and sipping iced tea. The lodge restaurant serves a gourmet dinner every night and a full breakfast in the morning. You can get a packed lunch from the lodge to bring along on a day hike or have a romantic picnic on the lawns of the resort. More info

101 Gorham Drive, Pisgah, Alabama 35765, Phone: 256-451-8439

More ideas: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

The Battle House Renaissance Hotel in Mobile

The Battle House Renaissance Hotel in Mobile

The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa offers spacious rooms with crisp linens, chairs, vanities, air conditioning, and an evening turn-down service. The rooms have private baths and some have separate living and sitting areas. The on-site spa offers a variety of services, including body scrubs, massages, manicures and pedicures and a steam room. A fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights, an outdoor pool, tennis court and a driving range are available on site as well.

The Trellis Room offers fine dining and a sophisticated setting, the Royal Street Tavern offers a more casual mood with live piano music, and the Joe Cain Café serves handcrafted pizzas and sandwiches.

26 North Royal Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602, Phone: 251-338-2000, (website link)

Next read: Great RV parks in Alabama

Smith Lake Bed and Breakfast

Smith Lake Bed and Breakfast

Your suite at Smith Lake Bed & Breakfast comes with a few perks: a free paddleboard, a kayak, a dock for your boat, and direct access to the spectacularly beautiful Lewis Smith Lake where you can fish, swim, or paddle. The inn is located 50 miles from Birmingham and is surrounded by dense, mature forests perfect for hiking and exploring. Guests can choose between two lovely suites with all the comforts of home, including a private entrance from the deck overlooking the lake.

Suites have fully equipped kitchens and private bathrooms and even a barbecue on the porch. For those fond of quirky accommodation, there is a vintage "silver bullet" Airstream trailer which, after many miles on the road, now invites guests to its redecorated, comfortable, affordable lodging replete with striking 70’s decor.

994 County Road 4230, Crane Hill, Alabama 35053, Phone: 256-747-6057

The South USA Vacations: Mississippi, Georgia, < Florida, From New Orleans, Louisiana


From the rural community where it was founded in 1871, Birmingham grew to become an iron, steel and railroading industry center of the South. Today, it is a modern, thriving city proud of its heritage, rich in culture and protective of its wonderful green spaces. More Day Trips from Birmingham

See the city’s antebellum past at the elegant Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens:


Since its incorporation in 1867, Gadsden experienced many ups and downs and was finally revived and invigorated in the 1990s with the renovation of the city’s downtown and building of the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts.


Florence is a charming Southern town on the banks of the mighty Tennessee River, with a long, colorful history. Visit the Indian Mound and Museum to see the spear points, tools, jewelry, pipes and pottery that belonged to Native Americans that lived in the area more than 2000 years ago.

Huntsville for Couples

A place where America's space program was born with the Redstone Rocket, and home of the NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command, Huntsville is aptly named the Rocket City. A tour of the Rocket Center is a thrill for kids big and small.

Mobile, AL

Mobile is a large port on the Gulf Coast with an interesting history that colored its present: It was occupied by France, England and Spain until it became a part of the U.S. It is a modern, vibrant city and a cultural center of the Gulf Coast.

Driving Distances from Birmingham

Birmingham To     Driving Time
Pisgah1 hour 50 min
Mobile3 hours 40 min
Magnolia Springs4 hours
Gulf Shores4 hours 20 min
Point Clear4 hours
Orange Beach4 hours 20 minutes
Vincent40 minutes
Talladega50 min
Tuscaloosa1 hour
Montgomery1 hour 30 min
Alexander City1 hour 20 minutes

25 Best Weekend Getaways in Alabama :