Like most of the South, Alabama’s summers are long, hot, and humid. The temperature and humidity start to build in May and peak in July and August with temperatures in the 30s (C). Travellers hoping to visit Alabama on a budget can usually find cheap flights to Alabama during the summer months.Northern Alabama tends to be a bit cooler with its state parks and low mountains. The winds from the Gulf of Mexico keep the winters mild in southern Alabama and slightly cooler in the north. There can even be a light snowfall in the north.The hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and can be particularly intense along the coast. The original Mardi Gras started in Alabama and continues to take place in Mobile anywhere from February 14 to March 4. Travellers looking for flights to Alabama during this time should plan accordingly and book Alabama flights and hotels well in advance.
When to fly to Alabama
There is no bad time to fly to Alabama. Visitors travel to this southern state year-round for a glimpse back into our nation's history. When booking Alabama flights, however, it's important to keep a few key dates in mind in order to get the best fare.
The Gulf Shores draw visitors year round. With the large number of public golf courses, people play all year, although the courses are often less crowded on hot summer afternoons.
Mobile’s Mardi Gras, the oldest in the country, typically starts in February, 40 days before Easter. If you plan to visit Alabama during Mardi Gras, book your Alabama flights and accommodations early -- hotels book up fast and and good deals are hard to come by.
The fall colours in the mountains are at their headiest during October, and many feel the colours are just as beautiful and considerably less expensive than New England. May and June tend to see a lot of local festivals throughout the state.
Most visitors avoid Alabama in the heat and humidity of the summer, particularly July and August. Cheap flights to Alabama can often be purchased during the hot summer months.
Getting around Alabama
If you're travelling in the summer time, take the money you saved on your cheap flight to Alabama and rent a convertible to drive around town. Car is the best way to get around the state so look for rental car discounts when booking your Alabama flights.
Amtrak trains from New York and Atlanta make stops throughout the state, and there are bus services connecting major towns and cities. The larger cities have small airports and the Dothan Regional Airport also provides flights within Alabama.
Taxis are available in the cities, as are buses in the larger cities.
Alabama insider information
- There are many museums throughout Alabama if you want to pursue the trail of the civil rights movement. The Rosa Parks museum in Montgomery is based on the site of her arrest and tells of the events of the Montgomery Bus Boycott; in Tuskegee is the Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center; in Montgomery you can walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where marchers were attacked on Bloody Sunday in 1965, the route is now a national historic trail.
- There are more than 20 state parks in Alabama, with facilities for camping, boating, hiking or fishing. The alapark website has details about them all.
- Old Alabama Town in Montgomery is a collection of restored 19th- and 20th-century buildings set in downtown Montgomery. The buildings have been restored to show how the original settlers of Alabama would have lived – from those who inhabited the most magnificent townhouses to the rural pioneers.
- The 2007 year was declared the “Year of Alabama Arts” – celebrating the best in folk, literary, performing and visual arts. Events are taking place across Alabama throughout the year – ranging from outdoor sculpture, poetry and the discovery of new artists, to a Tomato festival. The festival, which takes place in Birmingham in July, includes tours and demonstrations of the finest organically grown heirloom tomatoes that Alabamans have to offer. Fun for all the family. Find out more about the festival, as well as the full list of events for 2007 at the Year of Alabama Arts section of the state’s website.
- Don't miss a tour of Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. For more insider information visit the Huntsville visitor's bureau at www.huntsville.org