Huntsville Journals

Huntsville, Alabama: Eyes on the Skies

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A travel journal to Huntsville by jj2

Downtown Photo, Huntsville, Alabama More Photos
Quote: Huntsville is not your typical Southern city, despite being in a major agricultural county. Huntsville is home to a significant part of the nation’s space industry and boasts both cultural and natural points of interest.

Huntsville, Alabama: Eyes on the Skies

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Overview

More Downtown Photo, Huntsville, Alabama
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From its founding in the early 1800s to the mid-1900s, Huntsville was your typical sleepy Southern town, nestled on the high ground overlooking a fast flowing spring, with a thriving cotton trade and not much else. The spring can still be seen at Big Spring Park where it now feeds an attractive lake surrounded by the downtown "skyline" and the Von Braun Center (convention center). The space race shifted the city into high gear in the 60s, and the rapid influx of scientists and engineers catapulted it into one of the largest cities in Alabama and one of the best educated in the nation. Huntsville is built at the base of low mountains and has grown south to the banks of the Tennessee River. Dit...Read More

Paulis Bar and Grill

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Restaurant

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Pauli’s restaurant (www.paulisbarandgrill.com/) has become one of the better fine dining opportunities in Huntsville. It is located west of downtown on University Drive in a "strip mall," but the large orange awnings set it apart from the anonymous eatery. Inside, Pauli has decorated with warm, inviting colors. The space is intimate, and reservations are definitely a good idea. Pauli offers a changing menu of upscale selections including a healthy range of seafood (big bowl of mussels) and freshwater fish (crawfish cakes sateed with spicy romoulade) to wood grilled meats (New Zealand farm raised venison served with porcini mushroom ragout and polenta) to name a few. The complete menu is on his we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

Paulis Bar and Grill
7143 Highway 72 W
Huntsville, Alabama 35758
(256) 722-2080

Thai Garden

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Thai food in the heart of Dixie? Yes, and it’s not to be missed. Thai Garden is located in the older residential area of town known as "Five Points" on the corner of a set of brick storefront businesses. It can be easily spotted from California Street (which turns into Whitesburg Drive). The menu includes a wide range of spicy and non-spicy Thai specialties as well as unique soups and salads. We especially enjoy the Tom Yum soup and the beef salad which has a unique savory taste that we keep eating and eating well after our stomachs say "stop." It is hard to branch out on the menu given these known favorites, but each adventure has found excellent new choices. If...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

Thai Garden
800 Wellman Ave NE
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
(256) 534-0122

The Market Place

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Restaurant

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The Market Place, a deli and gourmet food shop located on Whitesburg Drive near downtown, specializes in lunch fare and take away prepared salads. Located in a converted frame house, the front yard has been enclosed to form a delightful dining patio with huge tree-like crepe myrtles offering shade for some of the tables. The sandwiches are great. Not to be missed is the chicken salad with apple smoked bacon (for which we have driven completely across town to enjoy). The Market Place is a good base to load up on gourmet picnic supplies for a day on the mountain. Prices are at a bit of a premium, but so is the food.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

The Market Place
2306 Whitesburg Dr S
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
(256) 533-2607

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

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Attraction | "US Space and Rocket Center"

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The US Space and Rocket Center draws on the Huntsville’s role in the space race. The huge Saturn V moon rocket stands erect on it grounds along with a large collection of air and space craft including a full size space shuttle. The museum interior houses educational displays, hardware flown in space, and hands-on exhibits to give a sense of the astronaut’s experience. Some of the exhibits tend to be more "amusement park" than scientific (like the parachute drop), but they engage the kids and mix fun with learning. This is also the home of Space Camp and Aviation Challenge which have since franchised to other locations. The Space Dome, an iMax theater, offers a rotating set of movies. This is gre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

U.S. Space and Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805
256 721 7155

The Historic Huntsville Depot

Attraction | "Huntsville Depot Railroad Museum"

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The Huntsville Depot stands out in its coat of bright yellow paint as you drive along the raised interstate just north of downtown. Built in 1860, it was the hub of Huntsville’s transportation as the cotton capital of the South, and it survived Huntsville’s occupation by Union forces in the Civil War (as soldiers’ graffiti still attests). Today it no longer hosts weary travelers or bales of cotton, but the tracks north of the building are still in active use. The depot is a railroad museum that gives the visitor a sense of train travel in the 1800s and 1900s. The building itself is a find for train buffs as it is one of the earliest wood frame stations still standing. Train hardwa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

The Historic Huntsville Depot
320 Church Street
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
(256) 564-8100