Gadsden, Alabama: Profile for visitors

Information on what matters to tourists; quick look; briefing syn

Known for (summary; in a nutshell)

Coosa River

Regional staycation (not attracting visitors from big distances)

Who will like it


Top attractions

Other things to do

Most underated attraction: other water-related places

Historic places

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Budget visit rating

Outdoor adventure rating (trails, golf, parks, water)

Best hotels in Gadsden area

A good number of national chains known for their high comfort and cleanliness standards are scattered around the area including the following:

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn Express Gadsden West

Hampton Inn Gadsden

Hampton Inn Gadsden/Attalla I-59

Best Western Plus Gadsden Hotel & Suites

Comfort Suites Gadsden Attalla

Also worth considering are the Gadsden Inn & Suites and the Red Roof Inn. The Gadsden Inn is a 1970s-era property, but it’s currently in very good condition. The Red Roof Inn is near the shores of the Gadsden portion of Neely Henry Lake.

Downtown stay rating

3/10. None of the hotels listed above are in the city’s downtown. Joggers or people who enjoy city hiking could enjoy going places on foot from the riverfront Gadsden Inn & Suites. It’s only two blocks from the historic downtown found on Broad Street. Some of the riverside parks, such as The Riverwalk at Coosa Landing, are also within sidewalk hiking or jogging distance of that hotel.

The nearest vacation rentals on are 1.6 miles south of the historic downtown.


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Pro sports


College sports

Junior college sports at Gadsden State Community College include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s tennis and women’s volleyball. A cross country team will start competing in fall 2022. Men’s baseball and women’s softball, which were discontinued in 2011 and 2016, respectively, are expected to return in 2023 or 2024.

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History in a nutshell

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