Colbert County Tourism & Convention Bureau

Suggested Trips

One's destination is never a place,
but a new way of seeing things.

- Henry Miller

Colbert County Trip Itineraries

Trip Details Below Map

  1. Music Itinerary
  2. Timeless Tuscumbia
  3. Famous Faces
  4. Outdoor Adventure

          We Rocked the World, Muscle Shoals Music

          • START - Colbert County Tourism Office and Visitor Center

            Colbert County Tourism Office and Visitor Center

            719 U.S. Hwy 72 West, Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            Get first hand information about what to see and do, studio hours, brochures, maps, and all the local information you'll need. Purchase and wear your "We Rocked the World - Muscle Shoals Music" memorabilia - T-shirts, mugs, magnets, CDs and a DVD of the Muscle Shoals Documentary. Throw in a Sweet Home Alabama shirt and hat. Cash, checks or credit cards accepted.
            Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

          • STOP 2 - The Alabama Music Hall of Fame

            Alabama Music Hall of Fame

            617 U.S. Hwy 72 W., Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            Hundreds of exhibits depict the various genres of music from famous artists and songwriters - all from Alabama. You will be amazed at the many artists who have made outstanding contributions to the music world. Before you leave, record your own "hit" single in the studio located on site.
            (1-1/2 hours tour)

          • STOP 3 - FAME Recording Studio

            FAME Recording Studio

            603 Avalon Ave., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

            This is where Rick Hall began recording in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The first top record recorded here was You Better Move On by Sheffield artist, Arthur Alexander. This is the studio that made Muscle Shoals famous and helped it garner the status, "Hit Recording Capital of the World". Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and many, many other black artists had countless hits recorded here. Later, the Osmonds, Mac Davis, Shenandoah had hit after hit. The 2013 documentary, Muscle Shoals, has brought thousands of visitors to the place where Rick Hall recorded all of this music in Muscle Shoals. Today, this working recording studio is open for tours on a limited basis.
            (1 hour tour)

          • STOP 4 - Who's Hungry?

            Eat in Colbert County

            It's lunch time! If you are in the mood for good southern BBQ, try Rick's just down the street from FAME or Champy's in Muscle Shoals, famous for its chicken and catfish. Click here to view our Muscle Shoals Area Dining Guide.

          • STOP 5 - Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

            Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

            3614 Jackson Hwy., Sheffield, AL 35660

            In 1969, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section moved here when they left Rick Hall at FAME, and where they created the studio that carried the name of the sound they created. This small building is where the Swampers continued to record hit after hit with the Rolling Stones, Lynrd Skynrd, Paul Simon, Bob Segar, the Staple Singers, just to name a few. This working studio is open for tours daily.
            (1 hour tour)

          • STOP 6 - Cypress Moon Productions

            Cypress Moon Studio

            1000 Alabama Ave., Sheffield, AL 35660

            A short distance away, located on the banks of Pickwick Lake and the Tennessee River, and now known as Cypress Moon Studios. When the Swampers found that their 3614 Jackson Hwy location was just too small, they relocated to a building that had housed a naval reserve, renovating it to become their studio in 1978. Here, they continued to record hit after hit from many artists who had recorded with them at the first location, plus countless others. Open for tours on a daily basis and for concerts as advertised.
            (1 hour tour)

          • STOP 7 - Check in at a Local Hotel

            Sleep in Colbert County

            In Sheffield, Tuscumbia, or Muscle Shoals.

          • STOP 8 - Dinner and Live Music

            Eat in Colbert County

            Available in many restaurants or in bars as nightly entertainment. Click here to view our Muscle Shoals Area Dining Guide. Locations denoted by a music note offer live music.

           

          Timeless Tuscumbia

          • START - Colbert County Tourism Office and Visitor Center

            Colbert County Tourism Office and Visitor Center

            719 U.S. Hwy 72 West, Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            You'll find free maps and brochures and all the information you'll need to know about places to see and things to do. You'll also find small gift shop where you can pick up a souvenir T-shirt, mug or magnet. Think Sweet Home Alabama, We Rocked the World, Muscle Shoals Music, or Helen Keller. Discount coupons are available for some museums and attractions.

          • STOP 2 - Helen Keller Home

            300 N. Commons St., Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            Located in downtown Tuscumbia. Known locally as Ivy Green, the 1820s Virginia cottage, plantation home is where Keller was born and lived until she went with Annie Sullivan to reside during the school year at Perkins Institute in Boston. Today, the home is filled with original furnishings from the Keller family and memorabilia from the live and times of Miss Keller. Tour the main house, birthplace cottage, cooks' kitchen and sleeping quarters and the many gifts from around the world that have been placed in the gardens on the grounds. Local Master Gardeners tend the grounds with plantings that were original to the site. Gift shop on site.
            (One hour tour)
            Phone: (256) 383-4066
            Website: www.helenkellerbirthplace.org

          • STOP 3 - Tuscumbia Railroad Depot

            204 West 5th St. Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            Located near the Keller Home stands the 1888 restored Tuscumbia RR Depot where Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan often traveled to and from. Railroad memorabilia occupies this space as does a vintage carriage that belonged to the Keller Family.
            (30 minutes)
            Phone: (256) 389-1357

          • STOP 4 - First Presbyterian Church

            First Presbyterian Church

            103 N Broad St, Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            Drive past the First Presbyterian church located on 4th Street in Tuscumbia and view one of the oldest churches in Tuscumbia where the Keller family worshiped and where Helen Keller was baptized. Built circa 1828, it is one of the oldest churches in the state.
            (Drive By)

          • STOP 5 - Who's Hungry? Lunch Time!

            Palace Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop

            Several restaurants are close by and all provide great fare. Favorite suggestions: Claunch Café (in Spring Park); The Palace Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop, Oh! Bryans, and City Café (along Main Street & 5th Street). Click here to view our Muscle Shoals Area Dining Guide.

          • STOP 6 - Downtown Tuscumbia

            Spring Park

            You'll want to shop along the streets of Tuscumbia as several fashionable ladies shops and gift boutiques are located here. While in the downtown area, take a stroll in Spring Park and take a "selfie" at the beautiful waterfall there. If you have children, they will love the amusements in the park and they may ride with an inexpensive armband - carousel, roller coaster and narrow gauge train.

          • STOP 7 - Alabama Music Hall of Fame

            Alabama Music Hall of Fame

            617 U.S. Hwy 72 W., Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            Enjoy seeing the vast memorabilia from all genres of Alabama artists and songwriters. While there, you will learn about the state's music heritage and the music of Muscle Shoals and have an opportunity to record your own hit single in the studio and take the CD home as a souvenir of your visit.
            (1 ½ hour tour)
            Phone: (256) 381-4417
            Website: www.alamhof.org

          • OR - if you have already seen the AMHOF, why not take a five-minute ride to...
          • STOP 8 - Belle Mont Mansion

            1569 Cook Ln, Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            One of Alabama's crowning architectural achievements. The mansion was built in the 1820s and has a raised, two-story central section with flanking one-story wings and a u-shaped floor plan that embraces a courtyard (believed to have been designed by Thomas Jefferson).
            (1 hour tour)
            Phone: (256) 381-5052

          • STOP 9 - Check in at a Local Hotel

            Sleep in Colbert County

            Time to check into your hotel for the evening and rest a bit. As you head out at dusk for dinner, visit Spring Park where you'll see a beautiful water show, choreographed to lights and Muscle Shoals music. Free show daily at dusk, lasts about 30 minutes. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant that you will find on this website. Click here to view our Muscle Shoals Area Dining Guide.

          Famous Faces, Historic Places

          • START - Colbert County Tourism Office and Visitor Center

            Colbert County Tourism Office and Visitor Center

            719 U.S. Hwy 72 West, Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            Start your day at the Visitor Center where you will find the latest brochures, maps, restaurant guides, and plenty of information from our staff! We are open at 9 AM and can’t wait to help you plan your trip. Don’t forget to buy souvenirs from our wonderful gift shop, as well!

          • STOP 2 - Helen Keller Home

            300 N. Commons St., Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            Tuscumbia is home to Helen Keller, America’s First Lady of Courage, and her childhood home is now a museum where people come to visit from around the world. Come see and learn the incredible stories of Helen Keller in this beautiful home that was built all the way back in the 1820s. It is an inspirational tour that you will be sure to remember. Pick up a Keller souvenir in the gift shop and take time to tour the entire complex, including the beautiful gardens.
            (One hour tour)
            Phone: (256) 383-0783
            Website: www.helenkellerbirthplace.org

          • STOP 3 - Belle Mont Mansion

            Belle Mont Mansion

            1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674

            Come visit the Belle Mont Mansion and you’ll find a fine example of Jeffersonian architecture that was built circa 1828. Belle Mont is of Palladian-style, and is believed to have been designed by Thomas Jefferson. Come see this beautiful mansion that overlooks fields of wheat and cotton-- you won’t be disappointed.
            (An hour tour)
            Phone: (256) 381-5052

          • STOP 4 - Who's Hungry?

            Eat in Colbert County

            Ready for lunch? Try Cajun fare at the New Orleans Transfer or visit Sweet Pepper’s Deli for a hot or cold sandwich and delectable soups and salads, both in Muscle Shoals. If neither of these appeal to you, check out the Muscle Shoals Restaurant Guide for additional places to eat.

          • STOP 5 - Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum Home

            Rosenbaum Home

            601 Riverview Dr, Florence, AL 35630

            Built in the late 1930s with an addition in the 1940s, this Usonian Wright design was simple; built for an average family of the time, of cedar and glass. You’ll want to take plenty of time here as every nook and crevice of this home had a purpose. Several books are available for purchase in the gift shop, as well!
            (An hour tour)
            Phone: (256) 740-8899
            Website: wrightinalabama.com/

          • STOP 6 - Trowbridge's Ice Cream Bar

            Trowbridge's

            316 N Court St, Florence, AL 35630

            This 100-year-old ice cream shop is famous for their signature orange pineapple ice cream that is made especially for their soda fountain. Other flavors and ice cream treats will fill the bill for a mid-afternoon sweet treat!

          • STOP 7 - W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues

            W.C. Handy Painting

            620 West College Street, Florence, Alabama

            This birthplace cottage of Handy is the place where he lived until he went to Memphis as an adult and became famous writing and performing blues and jazz. Many of his early musical instruments are now in the museum, including his famous piano where he composed the St. Louis Blues, Beale Street Blues, and others. Although Handy was much older than Helen Keller, he became a friend of hers in his later years.
            (30 minute tour)
            Phone: (256) 760-6434

          • STOP 8 - Check Into a Hotel

            Sleep in Colbert County

            Enjoy the ride across the river at sunset, where you can stay at one of our hotels listed on our website.

          • STOP 9 - Dinner and Live Music

            Eat in Colbert County

            After check in, eat at one of our many restaurants. George’s Steakhouse in Sheffield offers an incredible steak or seafood dinner. Want something a little more casual? Check out Champy’s where they serve great fried chicken and fish. They have live music on weekends, too! Click here to view our Muscle Shoals Area Dining Guide. Locations denoted by a music note offer live music.

          Outdoor Adventure

          • START - Colbert County Tourism Office and Visitor Center

            Colbert County Tourism Office and Visitor Center

            719 U.S. Hwy 72 West, Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            Get first-hand information about what to see and do, great hiking and/or jogging trails, brochures, maps, and all the local information that you will need, including restaurants and evening entertainment. Purchase and wear your “Sweet Home Alabama” shirt or your “Coon Dog Cemetery” shirt and hat. Cash, check, credit cards accepted. Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

          • STOP 2 - Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve

            251 Loop Rd., Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            Step onto the porch here at the Lacefield House and pick up your hiking trail map. And, don’t forget to return it when you are finished. Enjoy easy to moderate hiking either of these two trails, making sure you visit the splendid overlooks and the bluff shelters and waterfalls. You’ll enjoy seeing the wildflowers and creek cascades as your hike. Daily, year round, daylight to 5 p.m. Free.
            (2 hours to ½ day)

          • STOP 3 - Bet You’re Hungry!

            Eat in Colbert County

            As you leave Cane Creek Canyon, a good lunch stop is the ColdWater Mill Restaurant, Tuscumbia, a great place to grab a burger or select your meat and three. There are several fast food restaurants nearby (Jack’s, Burger King) or if you are there on Thursday through Saturday, take a short drive to the most unique restaurant in the area, the Rattlesnake Saloon, located at 1292 Mt. Mills Road, Tuscumbia. There, you’ll enjoy resting in the cool cave while enjoying your choice of burgers, appetizers, salads and chicken. And, when you’re finished, you’ll be just 10 minutes to another unique place.

          • STOP 4 - World’s Only Coon Dog Cemetery

            Coon Dog Cemetery

            4945 Coondog Cemetery Rd., Cherokee, AL 35616

            Over 300 coon hounds have been laid to rest in the scenic “Freedom Hills.” Unique headstones and epitaphs pay tribute to man’s best friend. Key Underwood’s raccoon hunting dog, Troop, was the first dog buried here on Labor Day in 1937. Open daylight hours, year round. Free.

          • STOP 5 - The Palace Ice Cream Shop

            The Palace Ice Cream Shop

            100 S Main St, Tuscumbia, AL 35674

            Whew, a great day, in the great outdoors. Time for my favorite ice cream cone or a Harvey’s Milkshake which is listed in Alabama’s “100 Dishes You Must Eat in Alabama.” Served in a stainless steel container, just when I think I have finished it all, I notice, I have another half-glass. YUM!

          • STOP 6 - Check into a local Hotel

            Sleep in Colbert County

            in Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, or Tuscumbia

          • STOP 7 - Dinner

            Eat in Colbert County

            Dinner options include Oh’ Bryan’s in Tuscumbia; Rick Lanning’s BBQ, Champy’s, Logan’s, Ruby Tuesdays in Muscle Shoals; Outback Steakhouse or George’s in Sheffield. Click here to view our Muscle Shoals Area Dining Guide. Locations denoted by a music note offer live music. You can also check out where live entertainment might be playing by inquiring at your hotel’s front desk.