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Why rent a car in Huntsville?

Known as Rocket City, Huntsville Alabama is home to the US Space and Rocket Centre. The city is inhabited by Nasa scientists and rocket builders, you might even find the odd astronaut - Huntsville is a feast for the imagination. But its more earthly attributes are equally impressive. With historic architecture, lively nightlife and the gorgeous scenery of the Monte Sano Mountains to boot, there is plenty to do here, so grab a rental car in Huntsville and head out for an adventure.

Situated in northern Alabama on the shores of the Tennessee River and next door to the city of Madison, Huntsville is within driving distance of Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville.

How to get to and around Huntsville?

Fly in to Huntsville International Airport, which is a 16-minute drive of 14 miles from the city centre. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is an hour and 30 minutes’ drive of 106 miles. If you want to arrive by car the I-65 and I-59 run close by.

What brands are available?

If you want to rent a hire car in Huntsville try Alamo or National - both have collection counters at the airport.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Huntsville

Huntsville is a city that reaches for the stars. It was here that the rockets were developed to put the first men on the moon and the Space and Rocket Centre is the largest space museum in the world. The first American satellite, design modules for the International Space Station and the space models of the future can all be found here. If you want a taste of the great outdoors, head 45 minutes south of Huntsville to Cullman. Hurricane Creek Park and the Bankhead National Forest make this a popular base for people who like adventure, as there are numerous walking and cycling trails in the region as well as many golf courses.

The city of Montgomery is 190 miles, or two hours and 45 minutes, south of Huntsville on the I-65. This place became the heart of the American civil rights movement when in 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus so that white passengers could sit down. A civil rights trail is set up around the town and continues into neighbouring cities like Birmingham, which is 90 miles north. Birmingham is a popular tourist spot in its own right and is gaining a reputation as a foodie Mecca with cafes, bars and restaurants of all kinds, from traditional slow food to barbecues and high-end food.

Tips and tricks for driving in Huntsville

Huntsville has great road links with the I-65 passing through from north to south. Alabama's maximum speed limit is 70mph on interstate highways unless otherwise marked.

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