America is dotted with dozens of great cities across its map - cities that may not get the publicity of the major metropolises but are excellent places nonetheless. One such city is Huntsville, Alabama.
Huntsville is known as Rocket City and for good reason. It is home to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which provides one of the best ways to spend an afternoon in the country. The center's museum boasts one of the most extensive collections of U.S. manned space flight hardware in the entire world. Additionally, the center's facilities include the Spacedome Theater, Rocket Park and the Education Training Center, home to NASA's Educator Resource Center.
However, the best part of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center may be the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, which is home to a national historic treasure, the Saturn V rocket. The Saturn V was essential in America's space program and is one of the most powerful rockets ever made. Visitors will not only marvel at its size but also at the fun, interactive exhibits that surround it.
If visitors to Huntsville get a bit weary of being surrounded by all of this modern technology there is a great deal of other things to do in the city. All through this October the Huntsville Botanical Garden, which is a great place to visit in its own right, is hosting the Scarecrow Trail. This fun, fall-themed attraction features hay rides and dozens of wacky scarecrows hidden throughout the lush gardens.
Not only is Huntsville a great place to visit and spend time but it is an also a great place to do business. As one might suspect for a city so rich in space exploration history, Huntsville is home to a great deal of companies and institutions that focus on cutting-edge research such as the Army's Redstone Arsenal, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and Cummings Research Park. Additionally, Huntsville was named America's Best City in 2009 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, which based its rankings on the level of stable employment and potential for future growth.
With a fast-moving business atmosphere coupled with all of the city's fun attractions, visitors may want to plan to get a room at an extended stay hotel in Huntsville.
Travelers will have made a fine decision if they decide to stay at any of the many Marriott ExecuStay Huntsville properties in the area.
Pam Casteline, the General Manager of Marriott ExecuStay in the region, says that about 90 percent of the guests at the ExecuStay in Huntsville are business travelers who stay there for an average of 89 days.
Casteline says that guests choose ExecuStay properties because they provide "an economical and very comfortable option for people needing accommodations for a month or longer."
She also says that the amount of space provided by ExecuStay separates it from traditional hotels.
"There is plenty of space for them to be comfortable and enjoy making it their own," Casteline says.
Additionally, these properties provide a large living space, appliances and a fully-equipped kitchen, which separate them from normal hotels, according to Casteline.
Rates at the ExecuStay properties in the Huntsville area are reasonable as well, starting at just $89 per night for a month-long stay in October and November.
Another great extended stay option in the Huntsville area is the Candlewood Suites Huntsville. This extended stay hotel offers free high-speed internet, two separate phone lines and an oversized desk that business travelers will surely appreciate. The Candlewood Suites also provides a fitness center, movie lending library and free guest laundry facilities. Rates are also great and start at just $67 per night for a month-long stay.
Huntsville may not be as large as many cities but it is certainly worth a long trip.