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Enjoy Alabama at vacation home rentals

Alabama welcomes visitors with a full slate of Southern charm, served up at tasty barbeque joints in picturesque small towns, Saturday college-football games packed with spirited fans and countless historic sites in the capital city and beyond. From the sandy beaches and family-friendly attractions of the Gulf Coast, to Space Camp in the high-tech city of Huntsville to the north, there are endless spots to enjoy the state and an Alabama vacation rental puts you in the heart of it all. Once you've picked your perfect spot, it's off for nature-filled adventures along rivers and forests or museum-hopping in the city.

Things to do

Attractions near Alabama vacation rentals

With golf courses, botanical gardens, water parks and museums ready to welcome Alabama travelers, packing days with fun-filled attractions is an easy task. If you've selected an Alabama vacation rental in the northern part of the state, a visit to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville is a must. The museum is packed with space history and memorabilia that teaches visitors about the Space Race and shuttle program, as well as an IMAX theater with thrilling films. Outside, you can get an up-close look at the missiles, rockets and shuttles on display. Day and summer camps are available for kids to get a more immersive experience.


Things to do near Alabama vacation homes

No visit to Alabama would be complete without a look into the history of the state, and the capital city of Montgomery is a great place to start. Civil rights sites are significant here, from a memorial to the movement and a museum dedicated to Rosa Parks, to the church and home where Dr. Martin Luther King spent his time. Take a drive along the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail to trace the path voting-rights marchers followed in the 1960s, before paying a visit to the interactive Old Depot Museum in Selma, where state heritage is traced back to prehistoric times.


Local weather for the trip to Alabama vacation homes

Fall brings colorful changing leaves along the Tennessee River Valley to the north and is perfect for exploring trails and caves in state parks and national forests. Springtime in the southern part of the state means clear, sunny days that are perfect for the beach, and temperatures that quickly soar into the 80s and beyond. Summers can get a bit hot and humid throughout the state, so stick to the shoulder seasons for spending time outdoors. If you're heading to a hotspot like Gulf Shores during busier spring or summer breaks, be sure to reserve your Alabama vacation rental early to make sure you secure your ideal dates.

Natural features

The great outdoors in Alabama

From the Tennessee River Valley in the north to the beaches of Gulf State Park in the south, Alabama brims with natural wonders that are prime for exploring. The 35,000-acre Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to spot a dozen or so protected species of wildlife, as well as sandhill cranes and other migrating birds in winter. Hiking opportunities abound in 4 national forests around the state, where 100s of miles of trails run along pine forests, hardwood swamps, flowing waterfalls and large lakes. Head to Talladega National Forest to discover breathtaking vistas from Mount Cheaha, Alabama's highest point.


Best beaches near Alabama vacation homes

Alabama boasts beautiful beaches for sunbathing, swimming, and adventure. Vacation rentals are available near places like Gulf State Park, a scenic beach with nature trails, pier fishing, and zip lining, and Gulf Shores Public Beach, a tranquil coastline beach with soft sand and swimming and watersport opportunities. You'll also like Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, a beach preserve with sea turtles, migratory birds, and other wildlife.

Food and drink

Sample Southern cuisine in Alabama

The cuisine in Alabama reflects the culinary traditions of the American South, which includes African, English, Irish, Spanish, and Native American cuisine. Pan-fried chicken, grits, country ham, hush puppies, fried green tomatoes, and fruit preserves are popular ingredients in the South, though Alabama’s specialty is catfish prepared in a variety of recipes. If you want to experience the comfort food of the South, visit a restaurant near your Alabama vacation rental.

How many vacation rentals are available around Alabama, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 12,989 vacation rentals around Alabama. From 384 cabin rentals to 2,803 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a beachfront property in Alabama?

If you're a pushover for ocean horizons and the sound of ebbing waves, you're in luck! Vrbo has 6,244 beachside vacation rentals to check out. Of course, that might not work for the whole group. Luckily, Vrbo has oodles more options, including:

  • 5,988 beach-view vacation rentals.
  • 4,987 ocean-view vacation rentals.
  • 4,710 oceanfront vacation rentals.

Can I rent a condo in Alabama?

Sharing is good. But sharing bunk beds and bathrooms with a bunch of strangers can be a bit tiring. Make the most of the time you've got with your loved ones in a condo. The extra space and convenience makes for a much more comfortable stay. In this destination, Vrbo has 8,669 of these properties. Book right now and you could part with as little as $45 per night. If that doesn't fit with your crew's taste, we have a range of other rental options to select from, such as:

  • House: 2,537 vacation homes. Prices start from $30 per night.
  • Hotel: 420 vacation homes. Prices start from $33 per night.
  • Cottage: 205 vacation homes. Prices start from $55 per night.

Can I stay in Alabama in a large group?

Sometimes it can be tricky finding time to catch up with your family and close friends. A trip away is an excellent opportunity to reunite and unwind. If you were planning to stay together, Vrbo has options to suit. Why not have a squiz at the 3,278 condo vacation homes featured here? They're the most popular option for big groups of guests. Properties for rent around this area that can cater for large groups include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we've got 3,781 vacation homes suitable for that size. Spend a night from just $55.
  • Require a place for 8 people? We have 2,931 that will suit. You can get one for as low as $100 per night.
  • Seeking rentals to suit 10 people? You'll be glad to hear we have 1,562 that'll be ideal. You can book one for as little as $95 per night.

So don't fear! When you book with us you can bring your aunt, your grandpa and all your mates to Alabama.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Alabama?

Say au revoir to dull cookie-cutter hotel chains! Revel in the ease of staying like a local in an affordable rental instead. Feast your eyes on the amazing options available for you now on Vrbo. Montgomery is perfect for bargain hunters. And with 18 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $116 a night, you can see why. Another 48 Vrbo rentals are on offer in or around Birmingham. With an average price of $132 a night, you're sure to grab a deal worth telling your friends about.

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