Alabama has welcome centers close to the state lines and rest areas along I-65. These are great places to stretch your legs, take a restroom break and walk dogs. You can also pick up a Vacation Guide in the state welcome centers. Gulf Shores Welcome Center is just north of the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge on Highway 59 (Gulf Shores Parkway). Open seven days a week (8am-5pm), friendly staff can help with planning, brochures, coupons, local events and maps. Note: The welcome center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Around the Fort Deposit exit of I-65, look for Priester’s Pecans, a fantastic place to stop and use the restroom, grab snacks and walk around a bit. They offer a large café and gift shop with a huge variety of candied pecans, of course, as well as fudge, ice cream and other treats and drinks.
Make use of phone apps. Waze and Gas Buddy are two good apps that come in handy when traveling. Waze offers turn-by-turn navigation as well as road information and detour suggestions. Gas Buddy shows the closest fueling stations and allows drivers to see pricing for comparison.
Use these tips to ensure a fun road trip for your traveling bunch. Stay safe - and please, no texting while driving!