15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Alabama

At the southern tip of the US, Alabama is a small state rich in US History. While it has some bustling metropolitan centers such as Mobile or Montgomery, there are many small towns off the beaten path that offer rest and relaxation and a break from the daily grind that some of us so desperately need. Whether you want to get away to the sprawling countryside or a seaside town for some famous fried shrimp, there are plenty of options for any weary city soul in need of some quiet and Southern Comfort food.

Check out our list of the best small towns to visit in Alabama!

1. Fairhope, Alabama

Fairhope, Alabama

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Fairhope, Alabama

Fairhope is located in Baldwin County. On a sloping plateau, the town has great views of Mobile Bay. Fairhope was founded in 1894 by some freethinking radicals who wanted to establish a “Single-Tax” colony (one tax is paid by the local government). It continued to be radical in its thinking, establishing a School for Organic Education here in 1907. However, even though their Single-Tax Corporation still operates, it is now more of a resort destination than the utopian experiment of the past.

Spend some time relaxing in style here. Take a hike out to the Weeks Bay Nature Reserve, or go on a horseback riding tour at Oak Hollow Farm. Play a couple of rounds at Rock Creek Golf Club, or enjoy some antiquing at Southern Antiques and Accents. Get comfortable at Bay Breeze Bed and Breakfast and enjoy walking down along the cliffs overlooking Mobile Bay – remember to bring your camera or sketchbook.

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15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Alabama:

Fairhope, Alabama

  • Fairhope, Alabama: flickr
  • Stagecoach Inn, Mooresville, Alabama: flickr
  • Old Mill, Mountain Brook, Alabama: wikimedia
  • Tuscumbia, Alabama: flickr
  • Eufaula, Alabama: flickr
  • Little River Canyon, Fort Payne, Alabama: flickr
  • Desoto Upper Falls, Mentone, Alabama: flickr
  • Gulf Shores, Alabama: flickr
  • Monroeville, Alabama: flickr
  • Magnolia Springs, Alabama: flickr
  • Greenville, Alabama: flickr
  • Orange Beach, Alabama: flickr
  • Bayou La Batre, Alabama: flickr
  • Loxley, Alabama: flickr
  • Eclectic, Alabama: wikimedia