- America's Byways in Alabama include the Natchez Trace Parkway, the Selma to Montgomery March Byway and the Talladega Scenic Drive.
The Natchez Trace Parkway tells the story of people on the move, the story of the age-old need to get from one place to another. It is a story of Natchez, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Indians following traditional ways of life, of French and Spanish people venturing into a new world, and of people building a new nation.
On the Selma to Montgomery March Byway, visitors journey through history along the trail that marks one of the major historic events in 20th-century American history, the Selma to Montgomery March, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1965.
Visitors to the Talladega Scenic Drive can get a bird's-eye view of scenic mountains, rock outcroppings, small rural settlements, and a changing landscape along the way.
Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous recreational sites, facilities and activities. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.
Climate - Much of Alabama receives nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.
Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.
Alabama's Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.