Top 5 Scenic Byway Attractions

The Alabama Gulf Coast is home to one of the most scenic highways and byways in the United States.

With 32 miles of pristine beaches to highlight the byway, you don't want to miss out on the following five attractions.

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Hiking trails are a highlight of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Sea turtles and the endangered Alabama beach mouse are frequent silent companions in the refuge. With more than 360 species of birds, a great pair of binoculars is a must. Plan a minimum of two hours to get the most out of your hike. Carry a day pack with water, sunscreen and bug spray, and bring a desire to get out and enjoy nature.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home A scenic byway would not be complete without a stunning historical home and gardens. Bellingrath Gardens features blooming plants and flowers all year long. The beauty of these gardens is that you can visit any time of the year and experience something new. The well-preserved historical home offers a glimpse back in time.

Kayak Alongside Bottlenose Dolphins Wild Native Tours in Bon Secour offers kayaking experiences unlike any other. The peace and quiet that prevail near the bay where bottlenose dolphins gather will make your jaw drop. Very few people hop off the beaten path and make a point to connect with nature in the bay area of Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan. This is one experience that I will carry with me for a lifetime.

Fort Morgan Historic Site There's something about driving to the end of a road surrounded with cannons, brick walls and a bay. Fort Morgan is a place where you can walk and be taken back to a different period of time. The walls here do seem to talk, if you take the time to listen. Climb to the top of the walls and take in the view of Mobile Bay, as it is quite breathtaking.  

Bread Pudding While it may seem strange to some to include bread pudding on a list of scenic byway attractions, hear me out. There's something to be said about a scenic byway and food, especially when that food is one of the hallmarks of Southern cooking. Everyone has their own recipe and is equally proud of their version. Touring Alabama's Coastal Connection Scenic Byway is just as much about discovering the sites as it is the tastes. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is home to the finest bread pudding on the planet. Several restaurants along the scenic byway offer homemade bread pudding, so pull a chair up to the table and indulge while you explore the scenic byway.

Alabama's scenic byway attractions along the Gulf Coast will not disappoint. Start planning your drive today, as you won't regret the adventure along Alabama's Coastal Connection. 

Alabama Scenic Byway Attractions

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