January 9, 2019

(Huntsville, AL) – Huntsville has landed itself a place among travel industry titans, being named one of the New York Times “52 Places to Go in 2019” alongside cities such as Munich, Las Vegas, New York City, and others. The Rocket City took the 22nd spot in a list of the best travel destinations in the world for the upcoming year.

Celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing are the focus of Huntsville’s feature, calling out specific events like daily re-enactments of the landing at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Guinness World Record attempt for simultaneous model rocket launches, car show, and downtown parade.

The state bicentennial is also mentioned as another great reason to visit Huntsville in 2019.

“The New York Times discovered what we here in Huntsville have known for a while now – that the Rocket City is the place to be in 2019,” said Judy Ryals, President/CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). “Our community has worked incredibly hard to embrace these hallmark anniversaries and create some truly unforgettable experiences for both our visitors and locals, and those efforts are starting to be noticed. We expect to see many visitors coming in for these special events and we know once they experience the warmth, the creativity, and the vibrancy of our city, they’ll be back.”

The official event calendars for both the Alabama bicentennial and the Apollo anniversary can be found on

For more information, contact Kristen Pepper, CVB Marketing Manager, at or 256.551.2294.