Plan for the Ultimate Detours
Taking a cross country road trip is one of the best ways to see the United States, so why not add in a few fun detours along your way to Gulf Shores?
From Cincinnati, one of the quickest routes to Alabama's stunning beaches is by taking I-71 to I-65, then heading straight down to the coast. If you are like me, I love a good roadside attraction or a quick detour. With an average drive time of 12-13 hours to get from Cincinnati to Gulf Shores, you’ll have ample opportunities to explore the attractions and oddities of the open road in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Sensational and Subterranean Kentucky Pit Stops
If you're seeking outdoor adventure on your Alabama road trip, the underground caverns of Kentucky are a must-visit. Make sure to include stops at iconic locations like Mammoth Cave National Park and the nearby Lost River Cave in Bowling Green. For families traveling with children, a visit to Dinosaur World in Cave City is a perfect opportunity to take a step back in time. Keep in mind that many cave tours require advance ticket purchases, so it's wise to plan ahead.
If prehistoric caves and creatures aren’t your speed, consider adding a quick hike at the Bernheim Arboretum in Clermont to your itinerary. Here, you can visit the famous Forest Troll installations of world-renowned Danish artist Thomas Dambo. And if you're a car enthusiast, don't miss the chance to explore the National Corvette Museum!