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    4 days in Huntsville area, what should I see/do?

    I will be escorting my daughter to Space Camp since we don't want to put her on a plane. No way I could have her ride on the bike that far, so I will trailer my bike to Huntsville and spend Monday - Thursday travelling around. I'd like to go to Memphis and see Sun Studio (if it's open) and probably Tupelo and ride some of the Natchez Trace, but other than that, what should I see or do in the area? I thought about crossing back to Lookout Mountain, but then realized I could stop there with her on the way back (It's been 25 year since I was there, I shouldn't have trouble pulling an open trailer up the road, no?)

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    The Barber museum is 100 miles south.
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    Some Area Things to See

    Alabama
    Birmingham African Village in America
    Birmingham Barber Motorcycle Museum
    Talladega Nascar Super Speedway
    Tuscumbia Music Hall of Fame
    Montgomery National Museum for Peace and Justice

    Mississippi
    Jackson Civil Rights Museum
    Port Gibson Windsor Ruins
    Tupelo Elvis Birthplace
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    How did not think of some of those Motorsports things??? I'm slipping. Good suggestions, keep them coming. I'll have to factor in COVID, etc (was going to hit the Clinton Library but as of now it's closed). The Civil Rights museums sound good too, but I'm wary of riding in big cities. We'll see how Memphis goes.
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    A little far, but Bench Mark Works is in Sturgis, MS. They specialize in pre /5 BMW service and parts and have a pretty decent small museum.
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    Bike Night in Memphis

    This is a lot of fun if you are here on a Wednesday evening. I’ve been there a couple of times.

    http://www.bealestreet.com/bike-night-on-beale
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    Not really motorcycle related but the US Space and Rocket Center is something that should not be missed. Some amazing history. Google Youtube for "Saturn 5 guidance system" from the "Smarter Every Day" channel for a showcase interview of some of what's at that Museum.

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    In Huntsville Monte Sano State Park is a great ride from space camp with excellent walking trails. The road up and down is a fantastic motorcycle road.

    https://www.alapark.com/parks/monte-sano-state-park

    This is me and Rhonda back in 2010 on Monte Sano while at the chicken rally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    Not really motorcycle related but the US Space and Rocket Center is something that should not be missed. Some amazing history. Google Youtube for "Saturn 5 guidance system" from the "Smarter Every Day" channel for a showcase interview of some of what's at that Museum.

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    OK I should have mentioned this is her second trip so I saw the museum last time and will have plenty of time to see it Friday before I pick her up. It's amazing.
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    If you go to Memphis, go to Stax Records as well as Sun Studios. It was the more interesting of the two. Don't expect an interesting ride to Memphis and back. However, you can detour over the Pickwick Dam and Shiloh Battlefield if that sort of thing interests you.

    On top of Lookout Mountain is the Little River Gorge. It's all in Alabama and starts near Desoto State Park. The northern part is quite nice and the southern section has some very challenging roads. Both have vista points to stop and look into the canyon.

    As mentioned, Birmingham (Leeds) has the Barber museum; Huntsville's Space and Rocket Center is worth the visit. There is a long covered bridge just north of Oneonta on SR75. You can ride across Sand Mountain and have a birds eye view of the cooling towers at Bellafonte near Hollywood on SR40. Any riding along the Tennessee River embayments is pleasurable.

    There's lots to see in the area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    Not really motorcycle related but the US Space and Rocket Center is something that should not be missed. Some amazing history. Google Youtube for "Saturn 5 guidance system" from the "Smarter Every Day" channel for a showcase interview of some of what's at that Museum.

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    Absolutely, +1 on this. Very much a "don't miss" place. If you remember back to when the first astronauts to land on the moon were quarantined for a time after they returned, yeah, I know my age is showing, they stayed in a specially prepared Airsteam trailer. That trailer was found in a field and was restored and is on display there. "Space Camp" is there, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vfroger View Post
    If you go to Memphis, go to Stax Records as well as Sun Studios. It was the more interesting of the two. Don't expect an interesting ride to Memphis and back. However, you can detour over the Pickwick Dam and Shiloh Battlefield if that sort of thing interests you.

    On top of Lookout Mountain is the Little River Gorge. It's all in Alabama and starts near Desoto State Park. The northern part is quite nice and the southern section has some very challenging roads. Both have vista points to stop and look into the canyon.

    As mentioned, Birmingham (Leeds) has the Barber museum; Huntsville's Space and Rocket Center is worth the visit. There is a long covered bridge just north of Oneonta on SR75. You can ride across Sand Mountain and have a birds eye view of the cooling towers at Bellafonte near Hollywood on SR40. Any riding along the Tennessee River embayments is pleasurable.

    There's lots to see in the area.

    I've roughly carved out a giant loop. Leave Huntsville, to Memphis (probably see a good bit of stuff there, cross the Big Muddy to AR, loop back into MS to ride some of the Natchez Traces, hit Tupelo, then off to Birmingham area to see the race tracks. Then back to Huntsville. A different bed every night. I was thinking of heading a little more south to Birmingham and all, but I'm not sure how much riding I want to do in July heat and I want to leave time to see what I want to see. The motorcycle forum suggested cool places to ride, the guitar forum where I hang suggested 90 places to get fat (or fatter).
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    Quote Originally Posted by R65_Steve View Post
    I've roughly carved out a giant loop. Leave Huntsville, to Memphis (probably see a good bit of stuff there, cross the Big Muddy to AR, loop back into MS to ride some of the Natchez Traces, hit Tupelo, then off to Birmingham area to see the race tracks. Then back to Huntsville. A different bed every night. I was thinking of heading a little more south to Birmingham and all, but I'm not sure how much riding I want to do in July heat and I want to leave time to see what I want to see. The motorcycle forum suggested cool places to ride, the guitar forum where I hang suggested 90 places to get fat (or fatter).
    Not sure how far south you'll get on the Trace but Vicksburg National Military Park is a interesting place to visit.
    It's a little west of the Trace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R65_Steve View Post
    I've roughly carved out a giant loop. Leave Huntsville, to Memphis (probably see a good bit of stuff there, cross the Big Muddy to AR, loop back into MS to ride some of the Natchez Traces, hit Tupelo, then off to Birmingham area to see the race tracks. Then back to Huntsville. A different bed every night. I was thinking of heading a little more south to Birmingham and all, but I'm not sure how much riding I want to do in July heat and I want to leave time to see what I want to see. The motorcycle forum suggested cool places to ride, the guitar forum where I hang suggested 90 places to get fat (or fatter).
    Sorry that we'll miss visiting w/Y'all. We'll be Coddiwompling during your Alabama Space ADVenture Tour.

    Just down the street from the Rocket Center is the new(olde) Stove House with various outdoor eating/drinking venues! Certainly worth having a look {ask for a Purple Cup in HSV; so you can walk around drinking your brew in the designated "entertainment district" including the venues below}.
    https://www.stovehouse.com

    We also meet-up at the Nook for Friday night libations @6 {the HSV contingent of the AlaBeemers!}
    https://www.thenooktavern.com/TheNook/Welcome.html

    There's also good beer & delicious pizza (and adult ice cream) at the Yellowhammer Brewery around the corner from the Stovehouse.
    https://www.yellowhammerbrewery.com

    Another group meets for breakfast every Sat by 0800 outside/inside the Blue Plate Cafe next door to the Stovehouse! These guys are our "North Alabama Vintage M/C " associates...
    https://www.blueplatecafe.com/breakfast/ - - - - - - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Nort...otorcycleClub/

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