14 Scenic Spots for Tasteful Travelers in Auburn-Opelika


14 Scenic Spots for Tasteful Travelers in Auburn-Opelika

Elisabeth Wiebe

Whether you're a nature lover, an art enthusiast, or a bit of both, we've curated the perfect blend of experiences where the beauty of nature seamlessly integrates with artistic design.


Venture through Auburn and Opelika’s Floral Trails

The Auburn Floral Trail is a 14-mile, self-guided trail touring Auburn's neighborhood streets featuring views of azaleas and blooming trees like pear, cherry, and plum trees that come alive after a cold winter. Take in the natural beauty of Opelika’s Azalea and Dogwood Trail, which is five miles long and begins at 2nd Avenue and 8th Street. Once the flowers bloom, the streets of Auburn-Opelika will be lined with beautiful surprises on every street corner for visitors far and wide from mid-March through April.



Discover Auburn-Opelika’s Murals

From recently unveiled masterpieces to longstanding gems, the Mural Trail displays a variety of artistic wonders throughout the Auburn-Opelika community. Stretching across both cities, this trail showcases the range of talents displaced by local artists and muralists, each piece telling a unique story. Whether you are searching to capture Instagram-worthy moments or encounter picture-perfect artistic pieces, the trail offers a range of beautiful views for visitors and residents to enjoy.


Visit The Jule Collins Museum of Art

There is much to appreciate at the Jule Collins Museum of Art. From art displays and exhibits to the unique outdoor statues and beautiful gardens surrounding the museum, there is something for every inner artist to explore, experience, and engage in. Do not hesitate to visit the art museum for a free visit and discover thoughtfully curated galleries and distinguished fine art.


Find a Masterpiece at a Local Art Gallery

Since 1980, The Gallery on Railroad in downtown Opelika has served as a popular destination for fine art, custom framing, and home and gift accessories. The shop features fine photography, paintings by local and regional artists, unique gifts, and more. Visitors will find artisan pieces and specialty gourmet items you can't find anywhere else. Pop in to Vignettes on Magnolia and browse Auburn’s finest selection of custom bedding, gifts, decorative items, and antiques to spruce up an indoor or outdoor space.  The Flower Store is another stunning spot to find a one-of-a-kind treasure including floral arrangements, paintings, sculptures, and home décor. 


Make a Night of it

Discover unparalleled beauty and elegance by staying at two exceptional boutique hotels: The Laurel Hotel & Spa and The Collegiate Hotel. The Laurel Hotel & Spa offers sophisticated flair with 16 luxury king rooms and 10 spacious suites, each meticulously designed to provide contemporary accommodations with sought-after amenities. The Laurel Hotel and Spa is the only AAA Five-Diamond Hotel in the state of Alabama, making history for the destination. Meanwhile, The Collegiate Hotel, a luxury 40-room boutique hotel in the heart of Auburn, seamlessly blends Southern comfort with style, celebrating history, hospitality, and cherished traditions. Nestled in the historic Wittel Hall, this former women's dormitory, now elegantly renovated, stands as a testament to Auburn's rich heritage. Indulge in the beauty of both hotels, boasting rooftop views, artfully designed interiors, and a welcoming atmosphere that captures the essence of Southern charm.


Take it all in at The Well and Botanic

The culinary experience at The Well in Opelika offers more than meets the eye. The beautiful tea room invites visitors with its floral wallpaper, comfortable couches, and beautiful wooden furniture to enjoy an array of picture-perfect treats like finger sandwiches and macaroons. While sipping on delicious cold brew teas and collagen waters, enjoy their in-house pedicurist available during your delightful escape. Book a reservation at Botanic, where “Southern” isn’t simply a method of cooking but the source of their most celebrated flavors. Discover the Patio Bar and enjoy draft beer, wines, frozen beverages, and cocktails under the shade of a large oak tree. Wander through Botanic’s greenhouse and browse their nursery for a large variety of flowering shrubs, trees, bushes and all materials needed to create a perfect flourishing outdoor environment.


Relax at the Red Barn

Ag Heritage Park’s Red Barn is not just an agricultural spot surrounded by a scenic field and charming pond but a lovely venue for picnics with friends and various events. Enjoy the simplicity of this spot and appreciate the natural beauty of this rustic haven that serves the community. 


Explore the Opelika Northside Historic District

This historic Opelika neighborhood features turn-of-the-century homes restored to their original grandeur. Don’t miss the opportunity to step away from Opelika Main Street for a change of pace and a closer look at beautiful architecture, southern living, and the slow life of this residential area.


Stroll through Town Creek Park

Tucked away in one of Auburn’s beautiful neighborhoods lies a beautiful outdoor area, Town Creek Park. Enjoy a walk in the park and take in the lush greenery and lovely scenery that decorate the walking trail open from sunup to sundown. Stroll through Chewacla State Park, hike to the waterfall or enjoy the views of the lake from the shady picnic areas. With over 30 miles of trails you can get lost in this beautiful state park.


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