Highlights Of The Alabama Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway

Cannon Launchers

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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22 Comments to Highlights Of The Alabama Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway

  1. SaraB says:

    It’s just like Sweet Home Alabama!

  2. 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!

  3. It looks likea very nice place to visit. I love how it combines, the nature with the history

  4. That blue heron was really posing for the shot! hahaha. Thanks for sharing your visit experience!

  5. Nancy says:

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

  6. SaraB says:

    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.

  7. SaraB says:

    If you road trip to Florida, swing over to Alabama and check it out!

  8. SaraB says:

    It’s a beautiful area, truly one of my happy places!

  9. I’ve never been to this area but you make it sound beautiful. I’d love to check out Dauphin Island and Fort Gaines.

  10. 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!

  11. I’ve never considered visiting here but I may have to plan a visit sometime! You got some great pics. I don’t love snakes though!

  12. Danik says:

    Some lovely places here to check out. Hope to get to Alabama one day

  13. SaraB says:

    The NEED to know about this lovely place!

  14. Look at that beautiful beach and bird! I’ve never been to Alabama but it’s definitely going on my list now. Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. knycx says:

    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

  16. 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.

  17. I’ve ever visited Alabama, but I kind of feel like I have by reading your posts.

  18. So pleased to be alerted to the National Scenic Byways network. Never thought about investigating them.

  19. Steph Be says:

    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!

  20. Suzanne Stavert says:

    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

  21. SaraB says:

    Thank you, Sheila! The Alabama Coast is a treasure that we all need to pay attention to.

  22. 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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