Southern Experiences

The Model City {Anniston, AL}

In the foothills of the Appalachians lies the sleepy city of Anniston, Alabama. Located just 60 miles from Birmingham, Alabama and 90 miles from Atlanta, Georgia, this city makes the perfect weekend getaway destination for either city. Check out this list of things to see and do during your next visit to The Model City.


There are two museums located in the city of Anniston: Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum of World History, which are conveniently located right next door to each other. We opted to explore the Natural History Museum since my mom tried to take me as a kid.

The Anniston Museum of Natural History was established in 1930, has seven permanent exhibits and is a proud member of the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program. In addition to the 2,000 natural history items on display, there is also a wildlife garden, nature trails, and open-air animal exhibits. This is definitely worth the visit to Anniston alone.

Wall Art Scavenger Hunt

If you are looking to familiarize yourself with the city of Anniston, there is a great walking tour that will take you through historic downtown and show off various wall murals sponsored by local businesses. It is definitely a fun little scavenger hunt, and you get to walk past some cute antique stores along the way.

Oldest Saloon in Alabama

Did you know Anniston is home to the oldest saloon in Alabama? The Peerless was established in 1899 and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

The Peerless Saloon and Grille is located on the corner of 10th Street and Atlanta Avenue. The Grille is a full-service restaurant that offers some tasty offerings. We highly recommend checking out their Shrimp & Grits and Reuben. Righ next door is the Saloon if you are looking for an evening cocktail and good music. Be sure to take a look at the mirror behind the bar; it has been in the building since 1906.

Mount Cheaha

Mount Cheaha is the highest point in Alabama, and it is only 45 minutes outside of town. It is definitely worth the day trip to say you have been to the top of Alabama.

Hotel Finial

Last, but not least, you will need a place to stay. Be sure to check out the historic Hotel Finial.


What do you want to see and do during your visit to Anniston?

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  • Amanda Middleton

    I really had no idea there was so much to do in Anniston! I want to go now! I am from AL and can seriously say I have never been. Looks like I need to. Love your photos. Beautiful!

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  • Christina Strickland

    What a cute town! I have only been through Auburn once haven’t seen the rest of Alabama… Beautiful photography by the way!

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  • Thanks for stopping by, Christina. There are so many great cities/towns in Alabama. You’ll have to make another visit! And thank you. 🙂

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  • Thanks for stopping by, Amanda. It was my first real visit to Anniston and I was very surprised. I usually on stop in Anniston for gas on my way to see my brother in Birmingham or go to Tuscaloosa for football. Where in Alabama are you from?

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  • This sounds like so much fun! I love history museums and I had no idea this was so close to Atlanta. We were just looking for fun places to visit that were within 100 miles or so. This goes on the list!

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  • I highly recommend it! It’s a fun city to visit for a weekend trip! And definitely check out Hotel Finial. It is conveniently located to everything, and it has a ton of charm. We loved our visit to Anniston!

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  • Amanda Middleton

    I am actually from Mobile, but live in Loxley now. About 30 minutes from Gulf Shores. ?

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