Saturn 1B Rocket at Alabama Rest Stop
Location: Rest stop on I-65 near Elkmont, Alabama
When to visit: Anytime during daylight hours
Time needed to enjoy: 10 minutes
Website: waymarking.com (unofficial)
Welcome to Alabama! Look, we have a giant rocket!
That’s how visitors are greeted as they pull in to the rest stop on I-65 in Alabama, one mile south of the Tennessee border.
I confess that I was not expecting to see a real rocket on display at a random rest stop in the Deep South, but there it was. A 224-foot-tall Saturn 1B rocket, one of three created in the Alabama city of Huntsville. A sign at the site explains the details:
In other words, one of the rockets in the Saturn series went to the moon, but not this one. It possibly could have flown into space, except it didn’t. So this rocket is kind of historic… or not.
Regardless of where this thing did or did not go, unless you’ve been to NASA and have looked at space vehicles up close, the rocket is pretty cool to see. There’s a fence around it (so no touching!), but you can get super close for an impressive look at a little piece of space history.