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Huntsville Travel Guide, Alabama

Huntsville, AL US – Overview: Pay a Visit to the Space Capital

The city of Huntsville is very recognized in the southeast and is frequently ranked as one of the finest places to work and live in. There is NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Army’s Redstone Arsenal. It houses about 450 companies and is also a major base of service, retail and manufacturing industries. The city is renowned when it comes to cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.

Chief cotton-trading center of Alabama

The city is coined after John Hunt, who in 1805 had occupied a small cabin near a spring. Very soon, the town started flourishing and by 1819, it was the largest in the territory of Alabama. During the second quarter of the 19th century, the city was the chief cotton-trading center. The name of the city was changed from Twickenham to Huntsville after the war of 1812. The Weeden House Museum was built in 1819 and the Huntsville Depot Museum in 1860.


Huntsville is situated at the foot of North Alabama Mountain. It prides itself on being the first English-speaking city of Alabama. The city population is about 260,000 and about 30,000 of them come from other countries. The city is home to about 100 languages. In the entire southeast, the city has the highest income per capita.

The space capital

It was in the year 1950 when US Senator John Sparkman brought some German scientists to develop rockets in the Redstone Arsenal. Finally, a rocket was developed, which was America’s first to orbit around a satellite. In due time, they also put the first man in space.

Redstone Arsenal is responsible for production, development and research of aviation, rockets and missiles. The technical specialists, scientists and engineers have totally changed the map of the town and transformed it into a scientific hub.

Huntsville is one of the rarest cities where visitors can experience the world of space, missiles and rockets. They can have a look at the astronaut-training activities. The Space Center, which attracts people from all around the world, has flight training and mock space missions.


The Von Braun Center, which has an exhibit hall, arena, banquet hall and a theatre, is known to stage several important musical events from popular artists. The Big Spring Jam Music Festival and Christmas are the most famous annual festivals celebrated with colors and lights throughout the city. The lively culture of this city is even noticed in malls, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs.

Pay a visit to the Space Capital and enjoy its lively culture to make your vacation a wonderful one!

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