Huntsville Skyline
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Huntsville is located in Madison County. It is the seat of Madison County and has a population of about 180,000. Huntsville City is the largest city in the four-county Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. Huntsville experiences hot, humid summers with generally mild winters.

Huntsville was named as one of “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010” by National Trust for Historic Preservation—it is a recognition the city so rightfully owns. Huntsville mirrors the legacy of Alabama’s first English speaking city, the conflict of the American Civil War and the achievements of America’s rocket scientists. This city which lies at the bottom of a mountain in North Alabama is just as at home in the 19th or the 21st century.

The city is also known as “The Rocket City” because of its close history with the U.S. space missions. If you want to experience outer space, head over to the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, the new front door for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center complex. The center features a 360-seat Davidson Center 3-D Digital theater and Auditorium. You can also experience dining under the impressive Saturn V rocket. With the technology and new innovation this center offers, it will surely be a trip you’ll never forget.

You can also head to Alabama Constitution Village, known as the birthplace of Alabama, where you can explore the rich history of Alabama. You’ll experience being in the 19th century with villagers dressed in period clothing taking you through eight reconstructed Federal style buildings. You can also visit the actual site where the forty-four delegates gathered to forge the way to Alabama’s statehood.

And if you want a piece of nature, you can visit Harmony Park, a nature preserve with free-ranging exotic and endangered animals. It is two-mile route wherein you can see zebras, zebus, antelope, buffalo, a camel, ostriches, pythons and crocodiles.

Truly, Huntsville has a little bit of everything. So if you want to experience nature, history and technology, Huntsville is your perfect destination.

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