When it comes to exploring a new place, the most charm, history and character are found in America’s small towns. Renowned publication The Travel gave a shoutout to one of our very own small towns—Tuscumbia—in their article “10 Underrated Small Towns In America You Should Visit“. Read on to see what they had to say about the quaint Alabama town.
Off the beaten path
The key to a perfect weekend retreat? According to The Travel, you’ve got to head off the beaten path to America’s small towns. Among the list of rarely visited spots with a lot to offer is Tuscumbia, Alabama.
Located near The University of North Alabama, this historic town is nestled on the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. What about it caught The Travel‘s attention? They named it one of the most beautiful towns in Alabama to visit, so it’s no wonder they’d sing its praises again.
“Tuscumbia has a lot of things that vacationers can do, including visiting its picturesque Spring Park, which offers plenty of recreational and photography opportunities. Some of the most incredible features of this park are a small lake boasting gorgeous fountains and an artificial waterfall cascading down the unique rocky landscape.”Excerpt from Off The Beaten Path: 10 Underrated Small Towns In America You Should Visit
The article also mentioned that everyone from kids to adults can have an amazing time in Tuscumbia, with thrilling rides, a mini-train and a splash pad.
Fun fact: Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama is the birthplace and childhood home of Helen Keller, who was born in the now-historic home on June 27, 1880. Keller is well-known for her groundbreaking communication skills while deaf and blind.
According to the City of Tuscumbia, the town’s name was officially changed from Big Spring to Tuscumbia after the Chickasaw Indian chief who lived there in 1822.
Today, many of its downtown historic buildings are being restored and there are several spots to explore along with shopping and recreation:
- Alabama Music Hall of Fame
- Tennessee Valley Art Center
- Tuscumbia Spring Park
- Ivy Green, birthplace of Helen Keller
See which other American small towns made the list here.
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