Life itself is the most amazing fairy tale. There are secret spots scattered across the Heart of Dixie where fairies fly and gnomes roam. From enchanted trees to a princess castle, almost anything you can dream up can be found here. These 7 places in Alabama are some of the most magical spots in the state.

It's time to make a little room on your travel wishlist because you need to see these incredible spots. And you'll find some of these hidden gems where you least expect them.

Go exploring in 'Bama and you'll find ethereal forests full of green moss, giant bamboo, and even faces in the trees peeking back at you β€” like something out of a Disney princess movie.

Wander further on and you'll come upon a multicolored tunnel, a rainbow forest, and even miniature cities fit for fairies. You'll feel as if you just walked into a storybook.

Whatever you hope to see, set off on a dreamy journey through this beautiful state. You never know what you'll find hidden right around the corner. 

Mosher Castle

Price: Reserve a tour or stay overnight for $95

Address: 456 Oak Ave., Fairhope, AL

Why You Need To Go: This cute castle is the destination of your daydreams. Explore the grounds and feel like royalty. You can even stay the night.


Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Price: Free

Address: 3121 Visitor Center Rd., Decatur, AL

Why You Need To Go: Believe it or not, there's a real-life rainbow swamp in Alabama. This natural phenomenon caused by natural oils from decaying plants is worth the trip.


LightRails

Price: Free

Address: 1 18th St., North Birmingham, AL

Why You Need To Go: If you're in Birmingham, this art installation is a must-see. You can walk through a rainbow tunnel illuminated by LED lights β€” like a real-life version of Mario Kart's Rainbow Road.

Tinglewood

Price: Free

Address: 277 Park Dr., Montevallo, AL

Why You Need To Go: These unique trees in Orr Park were carved by artist Tim Tingle. Exploring this area is like wandering through fairy-tale woodlands.

Dismals Canyon

Price: $9 admission 

Address: 901 Hwy. 8, Phil Campbell, AL

Why You Need To Go: Here you'll discover the ultimate enchanted forest. From boardwalks and waterfalls to rock tunnels and hobbit trails, this mossy landscape looks like something out of the jungles of the Philippines.

Bamboo Forest at Wilderness Park 

Price: Free

Address: 800 Upper Kingston Rd., Prattville, AL

Why You Need To Go: Stroll through a dense thicket of bamboo stalks that tower high overhead at this exotic park in Alabama. A mini story-book escape to another country without ever leaving The Heart of Dixie.

Ave Maria Grotto

Price: $8 admission

Address: 1600 St, Bernard Dr., Cullman, AL

Why You Need To Go: Head to this miniature city that's just an hour from Birmingham. These tiny villages fill almost two blocks with pixie-like homes built by a single monk.

These charming destinations throughout Alabama will take your breath away. Remember: all you need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust β€” maybe a sprinkle of adventure for good measure.


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