Muscle Shoals, Alabama, has been a mecca for musicians since the 1960s, but that storied history is only part of the reason to visit the state’s upper northwest corner.
The metropolitan area is home to Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia in Colbert County and the larger city of Florence in Lauderdale County. Collectively, they’re known as Quad Cities or The Shoals, and they’re all within minutes of each other. Together, they offer more reasons to visit than just the legendary recording studios, including miles of hiking trails and museums that pay tribute to such famous natives as W.C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues,” and Helen Keller, author and advocate for disability rights.
Several notable restaurants — including Alabama’s only revolving eatery — also make it a dining destination.