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Best things to do in Auburn Alabama - Connie Pearson - Samford Hall at Auburn University by 12019 on Pixabay

Samford Hall at Auburn University. Photo by 12019 on Pixabay.

I’m really excited to interview Connie Pearson of There Goes Connie about Auburn, Alabama. Connie’s tips for the best things to do in Auburn are awesome because she is an Alabama native and frequents Auburn regularly to visit friends and family. Two of her kids graduated from Auburn University, and she loves how there’s always something fun and interesting to do there.

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Auburn, Alabama

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Auburn-Opelika Tourism, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Auburn Alabama - Connie Pearson - Smoked meats and sides at Bow & Arrow

Smoked meats and sides at Bow & Arrow.

Getting around Auburn

Connie says the two most convenient airports to fly into are Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), which is a 90 minute drive to Auburn, and Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) which is less than an hour drive from Auburn. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Connie says that it’s a good idea to rent a car. Parking in town is easy, and public transportation is not an option. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Auburn Alabama - Connie Pearson - Victorian front porch Christmas in Opelika

Victorian front porch Christmas in Opelika.

Places we talked about on the Auburn, Alabama podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Connie Pearson about Auburn, Alabama. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Auburn, Alabama
  • Green dots = best things to do in Auburn, Alabama
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Auburn, Alabama

Who is Connie Pearson?

Connie Pearson graduated from Auburn University the same day as Pat Sullivan, Auburn’s first Heisman Trophy winner. Her husband and two of her children also have degrees from Auburn.

She has been a music teacher and a missionary and is now a prolific travel writer and the author of four books. Her latest is “100 Things To Do In Auburn, AL Before You Die” by Reedy Press.

WeTravelThere - Connie Pearson at a book signing in Decatur, AL

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Connie on her website and on Facebook and Instagram.

We Travel There - Auburn Alabama - Connie Pearson - podcast one sheet

Click here to download our one-page guide of Connie’s tips for Auburn.

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Best things to do in Auburn Alabama - Connie Pearson - Dumplings at The Irritable Bao

Dumplings at The Irritable Bao.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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