I’m really excited to interview Ed and Jenn Coleman of Coleman Concierge about Huntsville, Alabama. Ed and Jenn’s tips for the best things to do in Huntsville are awesome because Ed’s aerospace job brought them to Huntsville, and they love the easy access to the outdoors. If you’re considering moving to Huntsville like Jenn and Ed, it’s one of America’s most affordable cities that offers a number of high-paying jobs.
Huntsville is a high-tech city located in the heart of Alabama. And it’s about 90-minutes south from where I live in Nashville. The city is nicknamed “The Rocket City” because the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and the Redstone Arsenal Army base are there. The city played an integral part in America’s space race and has been developing space technology since the 1950s.
Visitors hoping to learn more about space and becoming an astronaut can participate in Space Camp. Don’t worry, there are space camp opportunities for both adults and children. There’s even a family space camp so the entire family can experience it together. Even if you’re not ready for Space Camp, don’t miss out on the Pass The Torch Lecture Series, where you can interact with the space specialists that call Huntsville home.
Ed and Jenn recommend visiting during the spring or fall for the best weather. The flowers and weather are gorgeous in April, and the changing leaves are beautiful in October. Huntsville is one of the southern-most cities with outstanding fall color.
Livability ranked Huntsville the #1 most affordable place to live, and Wallet Hub named it as one of the best cities for renters. The city has a low cost of living and many high-paying jobs, combined with a thriving foodie & craft brew scene. Plus, there are many outdoor activities nearby that you can enjoy, such as hiking, paddling, caving, and biking.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out the Huntsville Visitor Center, the local convention and 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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Getting around Huntsville
The local airport is Huntsville International Airport (HSV), which is about a 15-minute drive to downtown.
Ed and Jenn says that you should rent a car when visiting Huntsville. The city is spread out, so you’ll save money by renting a car over using rideshare every time you want to go out. Click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz. Parking is readily available wherever you are going.
If 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.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Ed and Jenn Coleman about Huntsville, Alabama. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Huntsville, Alabama
- Green dots = best things to do in Huntsville, Alabama
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Huntsville, Alabama
Who are Ed and Jenn Coleman?
Ed and Jenn Coleman are a husband-and-wife team that is dedicated to living a life of fun that is worthy of sharing. On their website, Coleman Concierge, they offer practical tips and advice that inspires readers to expand beyond their comfort zone and explore the world around them.
Jenn grew up in Denver and has experience in the service industry. She spent more than 20 years working in resorts and hotel spas, so she knows the insider tips for your next hotel stay. Ed is a physicist that works in aerospace full-time and writes about their adventures in his spare time. Together, Ed and Jenn travel the world and share their experiences with you.
Here are a few articles that they have written:
- Ultimate Guide to Biking in San Diego
- Swimming with Manatees in Florida – Everything You Need to Know
- The 21 Most Romantic Getaways in Southern California for Active Couples
Big thanks to today’s podcast partner – Acorns
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Stay tuned for our next episode
Listen to the next episode when Andy Hill of Marriage, Kids, and Money shares the best things to do in Detroit, Michigan. Andy and I talk about the Detroit International Riverwalk, the Motown Museum, and the Detroit Auto Show. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.
To learn more about cities in Alabama, please listen to our other episodes:
- Dynamite Hill, Kelly Ingram Park & Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama
- Alabama Civil Rights Trail – Edmund Pettis Bridge, Experience Givers & 16th Ave Church
- Roller Coasters, Impersonations, and the Beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama
- Hot Air Balloon Festival, Tom’s Wall & The Princess Theatre in Hartselle, Alabama