Huntsville is the largest city in northern Alabama located in the Tennessee River Valley. Several mesas and large hills partially surround the city. Attractions reflect the heritage of Alabama's first English-speaking city, the strife of the American Civil War, and the accomplishments of America's rocket scientists. Visitors who want to be "astronauts for a day" can sample astronaut training activities at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The hands-on showcase of space technology is the state's largest tourist attraction. The Center's U.S. Space Camp attracts young people from throughout the world who spend a week experiencing space flight training and participate in mock space missions. Adjacent to the space museum is the beautiful Huntsville Botanical Garden which features floral and aquatic gardens. A variety of city museums downtown and an outstanding symphony orchestra offer rich cultural opportunities involving the arts.
The legendary Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, which encompasses 21 courses in eight cities in Alabama, begins here at the 54-hole Hampton Cove Golf Course. Hampton Cove features two championship courses surrounded by mountains and lakes. Alabama now ranks fifth in the nation for public golf courses per resident. There are a variety of special events, ranging from tours of historic homes in the spring to the Big Spring Jam music festival in September and Christmas festivals in December.
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