Escape to Lookout Mountain for a Fun and Safe Vacation

Escape to Lookout Mountain Alabama for a Fun and Safe Vacation
By Jesse Clark

For the past year, travelers have dreamed about leaving home and exploring new sights. Now those dreams can finally become a reality. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that domestic travel is safe, especially for those who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19. Travel + Leisure notes travel experts who say a popular choice is a road trip by car or RV to a U.S. location off the beaten path with lots of outdoor activities that allow for social distancing.

A trip to Lookout Mountain in Alabama checks all these boxes and offers you the safe escape you’ve been dreaming about. Masks and social distancing are encouraged but not required in the state, and restaurants, retail shops and hotels are open for business.

Little River RV Park
Desoto State Park Campground
High Falls DeKalb County, Alabama

Camp in an RV

Sleeping in a tent isn’t for everyone who wants to enjoy an outdoor vacation. That’s why sales and rentals of RVs have soared in the age of COVID-19. Traveling by RV to Lookout Mountain gives you access to your own bathroom, kitchen and dining table while you are on the road and at your final destination. New technology makes RV travel even easier and safer with solar-powered lanterns, motion-activated LED lights and generators powered by solar panels.

Reserve a scenic campsite for your rig at Desoto State Park and enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing or cycling inside the park. A stay at the Little River RV Park offers easy access to hiking trails, a playground for the kids and an on-site fishing pond.

On your way to the area, whether it’s via RV or car, don’t forget to have your smartphone charger handy. You’ll need it for GPS and other location services, like finding local eateries. Wireless chargers are especially convenient, as they negate the need for different cables and connectors — they’re able to charge both Android and Apple devices — and to quickly power up your phone you simply place your phone atop the charging pad. This is ideal for charging on the fly, without being distracted with finding and plugging and unplugging a cable.

Antebellum Winston Place B&B located at the base of Lookout Mountain in Alabama.
Historic Mentone Inn B&B is so romantic set atop Lookout Mountain in Alabama.

Relax at a Bed and Breakfast

A few nights in a bed and breakfast is an alternative way to vacation and stay socially distanced from other travelers. Lookout Mountain has several options available to you. History buffs will love traveling back in time in a room at the Winston Place mansion. If exploring a small town is more your style, book one of the 12 rooms at the Mentone Inn. You will be treated to a gourmet buffet breakfast each morning and can walk to all the restaurants and shops in town.

Timber's Edge Cabin in Mentone, AL. By Wessley Uptgrafft
cabin rental mentone alabama
cabin rental mentone alabama

Rent a Cabin

Staying in a cabin is another type of accommodation that offers extra safety by minimizing your exposure to other travelers. If you enjoy rustic adventures, spending a few nights in a cabin is your answer! DeKalb County has cozy cabins available for a romantic trip for two or multi-bedroom and bath models that are perfect for a reunion with family or friends.

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Enjoy Outdoor Activities

Lookout Mountain has two state parks and a national preserve with lots of outdoor activities that beckon you to get out and play. You can hike or bike the trails, try your hand at fishing or go for a horseback ride through the countryside.  Gather your family and friends for a day of zip-lining, rock climbing or kayaking at True Adventure Sports. Golfers can enjoy a round or two of golf at one of the four courses in the area.

Shop Local Stores

DeKalb County has several local retail shops featuring unique hand-crafted products. Lovers of history will enjoy browsing through a few of the 22 antique shops in the area, and creative types can visit the 12 art galleries and shops. Stop at any of the farmers’ markets to pick up local fruits and vegetables and culinary creations.

An escape to Lookout Mountain in Northern Alabama is a safe travel adventure for you and your loved ones. Booking a road trip here allows you to stay socially distanced from other travelers while you enjoy fun in the great outdoors or the cozy small towns.