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Huntsville is an action-packed town in northern Alabama known worldwide as home of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC), which was born in the 1950s to build rockets for the U.S. Army. Since then, the town has grown into a savvy station for aerospace and technology development. In addition to cool interactive rocket exhibits and simulated missions, the USSRC holds "Space Camp" — life-changing week-long retreats for kids and adults. Thanks to its booming technology industries, Huntsville has a sophisticated performing arts scene, with ballet and live theater, along with several very good museums, restaurants and shopping. In the ...

Huntsville is an action-packed town in northern Alabama known worldwide as home of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC), which was born in the 1950s to build rockets for the U.S. Army. Since then, the town has grown into a savvy station for aerospace and technology development. In addition to cool interactive rocket exhibits and simulated missions, the USSRC holds "Space Camp" — life-changing week-long retreats for kids and adults. Thanks to its booming technology industries, Huntsville has a sophisticated performing arts scene, with ballet and live theater, along with several very good museums, restaurants and shopping. In the Twickenham Historic District, you can wander among pre-Civil War homes and parks.

Outdoor pursuits include golfing, boating on lakes and rivers, plus a range of walking trails and nature preserves, including Monte Sano Mountain and Wade Mountain Preserve.

Debra Landau
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Debra Landau has written eight Lonely Planet guidebooks, including books on the USA, Caribbean, and the South.

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    Huntsville is a year-round destination, with spring and summer the busiest times of the year.