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Highlights Of The Alabama Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway

Last spring I was introduced to several highways and byways across the United States. I was guilty, as I had not been paying attention to these scenic routes that are all across the United States. I challenge you to look at an area that you love to visit and locate the closest national scenic byway You will be surprised to find some beautiful areas that you have been missing out on.

Traveling the Alabama Coastal Connection is one route you will not want to miss. It’s no secret that I love the beaches along the Alabama Coast, as I firmly believe they offer the best beaches in the United States. Here are some highlights that you will find on this national scenic byway.

Dauphin Island is home to Fort Gaines. Here you can take a step back in time, watch a blacksmith demonstration and possibly experience a cannon being launched.

Here is where you can get a feel of life along the Alabama Coastal Connection. History and nature connect here and offer water views that you simply cannot find everywhere.

If the weather is in your favor, hop on the ferry and cross the bay to Fort Morgan. Here you can experience more history and take a few more steps back in time.

anchor near fort morgan

The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is home to several nature trails along this scenic byway in Alabama. You never know what you will see when hiking a nature trail. Several birds were chirping along the route, as well as a few snakes slithering here and there.


When you hike the Pine Beach trail (4 miles round trip), you may land here!

beach coastal connection

And then you may find this blue heron. This blue heron looked like posing came naturally.

blue heron coastal connections

These are some of the highlights of the Coastal Connections National Scenic Byway along Alabama’s pristine coastline. The history, beauty and traditional foods all await you! These national scenic highways and byways are routes that we often take for granted and fail to pay attention to. There’s a lot of history to be learned when we hop off of the Interstates that cross our country. I’d love to hear about the last national scenic byway you explored. What was your favorite part about traveling a scenic byway?

*Thank you to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach tourism for hosting me.

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A traveler at heart with a passion for travel in the Midwest. SaraB

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22 thoughts on “Highlights Of The Alabama Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway

  1. The gulf coast always blows me away. It’s such a beautiful part of the country. When i think of the coast in Alabama I always think back to the movie Sweet Home Alabama. When they’re on the beach and the lightening strikes. Beautiful photos!

  2. I have never been to Alabama – the National Scenic Byway coastal region looks gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this information.

  3. I am not a fan of snakes either, I like to look at them going the other way! You would love this area, as it’s rich in history and beautiful.

  4. This sounds so charming! I’d love to explore more of the deep south (I’ve only been to Florida) so seeing more of the coast including Alabama sounds like fun!

  5. Wow that’s really nice to know about something new about Alabama and actually it has a nice long beach along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico !!! I would love to explore these places in the future if I have the chance! @ knycx.journeying

  6. I would love to drive the Alabama coast. The pictures look like it’s beautiful. My favorite scenic drive so far is the Pacific Coast along California. I fell in love with its beauty.

  7. The Alabama coast is such a beautiful place and so overlooked- I definitely want to add this to one of my upcoming trips! Definitely great to experience the beauty inside the US!

  8. Wow how pretty! I need to take a visit out there. No one from where I live in Southern California knows about this lovely place. Thanks Sara

  9. On behalf of the National Scenic Byway Foundation, thanks so much for highlighting one of our byway treasures. They’re all unique and beautiful. Glad you enjoyed the Alabama coast!

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