Main Content

Best Alabama getaways for a memorable Thanksgiving

Happy African American girl holding 'I'm thankful' sign and looking at camera during Thanksgiving meal with her parents.

Are you looking for the perfect place to spend the holidays? Alabama is filled with great cities and beaches that have something for everyone, from quiet getaways to family-friendly weekend escapades.

Check out these Alabama destinations that will definitely give you something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season:


Known as the cultural capital of Alabama, Birmingham boasts of an eclectically funky and progressive southern atmosphere. This diverse city is found at the heart of the metro and is the biggest city in the state.

Spend your Thanksgiving weekend seeing the sights and enjoying everything this charming city has to offer. History buffs will want to visit the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, the Vulcan Park & Museum, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Catch a show with the whole family in one of Birmingham’s many theaters for the performing arts. Dust off your running shoes and take part in one of several running events here like Gobble ‘Til You Wobble and the Sam Lapidus Montclair Run. Or get into the holiday spirit and visit the Christmas Villages Festival Arts, Crafts, & Gift Show.


Montgomery is a city filled with history and bursting with culture. As Alabama’s capital, the city offers an array of culinary, shopping, and entertainment destinations. A Thanksgiving weekend spent here is sure to be a memorable affair.

The city is also home to one of the best art scenes in the US. During the Thanksgiving holiday season, you can expect events like Pop Up Art at Hampstead. Watch a performance of one of the Bard’s classic plays during the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

If you want something that truly encapsulates the Thanksgiving spirit, Montgomery has the Annual Turkey Day Classic Parade and Football Game.


Mobile is a vibrant coastal town with a magnetic vibe that will keep you coming back for more. It is the third-largest city in Alabama so expect a melting pot of different cultures, traditions, and people. Even with such a diverse population, Mobile’s southern hospitality shines through especially during Thanksgiving.

See the rich 300-year history of the town and appreciate the beautiful architecture this fall season first-hand by going on a guided tour. Mobile’s cultural offerings range from ballet performances to art galleries to the local Loda Art Walk, all of which make for a truly special Thanksgiving weekend.

Make your Thanksgiving dinner special and shop for ingredients at the Fall Market on the Square. You can find excellent seasonal vegetables, fresh seafood, and other local products in the market. If you are looking for something to do on Thanksgiving day, watch the Lyons Park Turkey Day Tennis Classic.

Orange Beach

For an unconventional Thanksgiving weekend, why not spend it at one of Alabama’s best beaches? Orange Beach is found along the Gulf Coast near the border to Florida. Sit back and relax by the water and sand. Or get active and try some water sports during your stay. For a true Thanksgiving feast, head over to the Flora-Bama Annual Thanksgiving potluck.

Discover everything Alabama has to offer and explore beautiful homes for sale in Wedowee, AL with Wedowee Lake and Lands Realty. Call 256.357.9600 or send an email to info(at)wedoweelakeandlands(dotted)com. Or send a message here.