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Decatur, AL

Population: 55,598
Jeff Adkins

A fall foliage tour doesn't have to occur on land. The Pickwick Belle, an authentic 90-foot paddle wheel riverboat, docks in Decatur, AL, which is a city surrounded by color in autumn. Cruises are offered up to four times a week, with stops in Decatur, also known as “The River City,” and Florence, AL and Pickwick Dam in TN. Visitors are invited to wine and dine while taking in the scenery on one of the many fall foliage cruises offered during the season. Decatur is a great place to watch bird migrations, fish, hunt and hike, and is in the Central Loop of the North Alabama Birding Trail. The trail features more than 50 designated stations that allow visitors to observe birds in their native habitats.

Don’t Miss: The Pickwick Belle

Tree Types: Pignut hickory, white oak and magnolia

Great Drives: Cross the Tennessee River on US-31 N; then, head onto US 72 W. (Lee Hwy.) to visit the Joe Wheeler State Park

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