USA TODAY recommends Alabama’s June Walking Tours for free summer fun

USA TODAY recommends Alabama’s June Walking Tours in a state-by-state listing of the top free things to do across the nation this summer. The special cover story “Summer travel ’09: Freebies across the USA” can be found in the Memorial Day Weekend edition of USA TODAY and on the newspaper’s website.  A photo of the walking tour in Decatur is one of the featured photos in the printed edition.
From the article “Free Summer Fun” in the Memorial Day Weekend edition of USA TODAY:
“Local luminaries show off their sweet home Alabama in 30-plus communities Saturdays in June via walking tours of historic districts. Convening at courthouse squares, public libraries, city halls and the like, the hour-long tours are punctuated with personal reminiscences. 800-252-2262;”  – Jayne Clark
The free walking tours take place every Saturday beginning June 6 and include more than thirty towns across Alabama. The Alabama Tourism Department has been coordinating the tours for the past six years. A variety of community leaders will lead the one-hour guided tours through historic districts and courthouse squares each Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.  They will share personal memories of growing up in their hometowns.  The tours are being coordinated by Brian Jones with the Alabama Tourism Department.  “Alabama is the only state in the nation to hold statewide, simultaneous walking tours. The beauty of the June Walking Tours is that any community, whether big or small, can do this. We have done more than 900 walking tours since the beginning of the program six years ago and they keep increasing in popularity every year,” Jones said.    
Towns and starting places for the June Walking Tours are:
Ashland, High Point Coffee & Books; Athens, Limestone County Courthouse Annex Parking Lot; Birmingham, Civil Rights Institute; Butler, Jackson’s Jewelry and Gift; Centerville, Bibb County Courthouse; Cullman, Cullman County Museum; Dadeville, Tallapoosa County Courthouse; Decatur, Old State Bank Building; Demopolis, City Hall; Dothan, salute to peanut industry mural, Enterprise, Rawls Hotel; Fairhope, Fairhope Welcome Center; Fayette, Fayette Historical Depot; Florence, various starting locations; Gadsden, City Hall Gazebo; Gilbertown, The Village Shoppe; Guntersville, Chamber of Commerce; Hartselle, Downtown Historic Depot.
Huntsville, Alabama Constitution Village (June 6 & 13 only); Madison, Clay House Museum (June 20 & 27 only); Mobile, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception; Montevallo, Chamber of Commerce; Montgomery, Downtown Train Shed; Ozark, Confederate Monument/Courthouse; Prattville, Autauga County Heritage Center; Scottsboro, Jackson County Heritage Center; Selma, Selma-Dallas County Public Library; Sheffield, Sheffield Municipal Building; Tuscumbia, ColdWater Bookstore; West Blocton, Cahaba Lily Center; Wetumpka, Chamber of Commerce. 
More information about the June Walking Tours is available at or by calling 1-800-ALABAMA (1-800-252-2262). 

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