The Shoals is made up of four adjoining cities: Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia and Sheffield. I never did really figure out where one city stopped and another one began, but I do know that there are some beautiful sights to behold when visitng this area of Alabama!
The first of our major Alabama Adventures trips was last year to Mentone, Alabama, in north-east Alabama.
Our second major Alabama Adventures trip took us to The Shoals, in north-west Alabama.
Accommodations at The Shoals:
If you want a first class place to stay, the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa in Florence is the place to be. We had a beautiful large room and just outside these doors was the pool. I loved that I didn’t have to walk through the halls in my swimsuit.
This hotel is fabulous. Everything. From the rooms, to the pool, to the lobby bar, to the towering restaurant 360 Grille. It was a hot weekend and kids of all sizes loved the pool with its water slide, cave and waterfall, the fountains and the wading pool. And if that wasn’t enough, there was also the splash pad.
Things to See at the Shoals:
The hotel sits right by the Tennessee River. You can see the Grille 360 in the distance right by the bridge.
And did I mention that there is a beautiful natural waterfall right next to Wilson Dam?
With lush, vibrant green vegetation thriving in this perfect environment.
And then, right by the hotel, there is the Lock & Dam and the boats and barges that pass through the Lock from one side of the dam to the other. We stood on the bridge watching a tug load in several barges one night. Pretty fascinating stuff!
Mr. Menace, as you might imagine, sometimes gets into mischief. As we approached the smaller of the two waterfalls, we met some people leaving the area. They warned us that there were two small snakes near the small waterfall. Guess whose shoes came off immediately?
I am sure glad to have a fairly good zoom lens on my camera!
I want to leave you with this short video. You can almost feel the temperature drop and the cool mist hitting your face.