Guys Getaway

Is Huntsville, Alabama a guys’ town?

By Bo Williams

Do you really need to ask when its skyline’s defining feature is the Saturn V, the single most powerful machine ever designed and built?

Yes, you and your buds need to come hang with us in the Rocket City this weekend.

A getaway with the guys often means rugged, outdoor things, so perhaps you’ll want to start with the preserved wilderness maintained by the Land Trust of North Alabama throughout the area. There are over 50 miles of hiking trails to suit any skill level, with beautiful vistas, unusual rock formations, and copious wildlife to welcome you.

Monte Sano - hammock

(Plus, if anyone on the trip is going to spring “let’s talk about our feelings” or somesuch on you, this is likely to draw him out early. Better here than over beers, man.)

Time for lunch? Check out a variety of local restaurants, offering everything from burgers, to catfish, to hot wings and more. Bonus: choose a spot that doubles as a Craft Beer Trail stop, like BeeZr Gastropub.


Explore Harrison Brothers Hardware with your full-bellies Saturday afternoon. The oldest hardware store in Alabama, Harrison Brothers is on the south side of the square in downtown Huntsville. It looks very much as it did at the turn of the 20th century, as many of the store’s original fixtures have been preserved authentically. Harrison Brothers features local art, deluxe housewares, and handcrafted toys, as well as a continual visual feast.

Harrison Brothers Hardware exterior

When your stomachs are again growling, Earth and Stone Wood-Fired Pizza awaits. Sharing a common space with Yellowhammer Brewing at Campus No. 805, Earth and Stone prepares handcrafted gourmet pizzas and calzones in their 800º oven. An Earth and Stone pizza with a fine, freshly-dispensed Yellowhammer beer is among the finest gustatory pleasures Huntsville has to offer.

Earth Stone Fire Pizza Campus 805

Now, let’s go check out that Saturn V.

The outside display—the one exposed to the elements—is actually a replica. There is a real Saturn V, however—one of only three in the world—housed inside the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, which you’ll see as part of your admission to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

Aerial photo of Rocket Center

The Center is one of the most comprehensive space museums in the world. Explore authentic artifacts from all phases of the U.S. space program, and learn the stories behind them. You’ll want to make time to check out the INTUITIVE®️ Planetarium, where you'll be immersed in amazing astronomy shows, experience live entertainment, and more.

Finally, don’t miss Space Shot, which simulates a rocket launch, followed by a few seconds of weightlessness, and concluding with a drop nearly as intense as the initial shot! (If you want to tease your friends about goofy faces and sounds they make when subjected to extreme forces, this is easily your best opportunity. (Bring your GoPro!)


That’s one strong weekend itinerary, guys. 

The great outdoors, a classic hardware merchant, and rockets, all set against a steady diet of gourmet pub food and craft beer? More, please! Huntsville would be proud to have you and your crew for a memorable guys’ getaway.


Lifelong Alabamian Bo Williams has been a professional writer since 1994, a husband since 1997, and a father since 2001. His favorite diversions include polemics, University of Alabama football, Asian cuisines, and breezily pretending the '80s never ended. He is hurt and confused by excessive seriousness, the imminent loss of "literally," and carrot raisin salad. Bo is thankful for God's grace. Keep up with Bo at