The 9 Best Sightseeing Tours in Alabama!

Whether you’re traveling in Alabama or are lucky enough to call this state home, a sightseeing tour can help you discover something new. Given the state’s rich history, dominance in college sports, and appreciation for culture and the arts, there’s no shortage of amazing sights and sounds to experience. Discover some of the state’s best hidden gems on these nine best sightseeing tours in Alabama—you never know what you might be missing!

1. Historical Highlights of Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Birmingham played a huge role in shaping our nation’s history, and you can see where some of it started in this three-hour tour around the city. You’ll enjoy some of the area’s most significant historical sites from aboard their transportation with samples of local cuisine along the way. Railroad history, baseball, the Civil Rights movement, and industrialization are just a few of the avenues you’ll explore on this tour.

2. Cetacean Cruises, Orange Beach, AL

Some of Alabama’s best kept secrets can’t be found on foot. Take to the waters on a Cetacean Cruise and discover Alabama’s sea life and wetlands. Along the way, you can glimpse dolphins and other ocean denizens as you enjoy being on the water. Then, you’ll head into the local swamps to explore more wildlife and other natural sights. It’s place where only few have gone before, and you’ll want to be one of them.

3. Gulf Coast Ducks, Mobile, AL

Ever ridden on a duck? No, not the feathered kind. This is the type of duck that travels on both land and sea to give you some of the best views of Mobile. This 70-minute tour shows you fun attractions and features of the city while regaling you with 3,000 years’ worth of historic tales. There’s no better combination of sightseeing and history anywhere else in the state.

4. Mystery Tour, Montgomery, AL

This locally guided tour begins its journey at Union Station, then takes its guests on an informative foray into Montgomery’s history. You’ll visit 16 sites that are significant to the town’s Civil Rights movement and its cultivation of art and culture. It’s a great way to find some of the best hidden gems in Montgomery and make new friends along the way.

5. Alabama Gulf Coast History Tour, Gulf Shores, AL

From Civil War forts to state parks, you’ll find some of the best of the beach on the self-guided Gulf Coast history tour. Blakely State Park is the perfect place to spot native Alabama wildlife, including alligators, eagles, and bears. The USS Alabama and National Naval Aviation Museum are also on the tour. You can scoop up a full itinerary of the tour by downloading the Scenic Byway App.

6. Civil Rights Trail, Birmingham, AL

The Alabama Tourism Department has assembled an epic multi-day journey of the Civil Rights Trail. This informal, self-guided tour highlights pivotal sites that played a key role in the Civil Rights movement, covering four cities in four days. Points of interest include the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and the Old Depot Museum, to name a slight few. Since it’s completely self-guided, you can pick the places you want to see. Grab the full itinerary from the Alabama Tourism Department’s website.

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7. Soaring Sports Balloon Rides, Huntsville, AL

The best sightseeing isn’t always at ground level. Take to the skies in a hot air balloon for views you never imagined. You’ll get to see panoramic views of Huntsville’s skyline and surrounding areas. Include one of their add-ons, like champagne or a picnic lunch, to get the most from your ride.

8. The Mobile-Tensaw Delta Tour, Spanish Fort, AL

There’s more to see in Alabama’s nature scene than you might have known. This unique kayak tour sends you straight through the Mobile-Tensaw delta, the second largest river delta in the country. Here you’ll learn from a professional guide about the delicate ecosystems in the delta and potentially see alligators, dozens of fish species, black bears, deer, wild pigs, and more.

9. Segway Montgomery, Montgomery, AL

Montgomery is home to a diverse array from scenery, from rivers and nature scenes to historical points of interest. Experience whatever interests you on a thrilling Segway ride. These Segway tours take you to the places that make this city worth visiting, from the Riverwalk to the historic downtown district to the Bibbs Grave bridge and Gold Star Park and more.

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