Huntsville Alabama is primarily recognized for becoming the national center for Aerospace research in the 1950's when German scientists were relocated there to aid the US Army with its rocket research. Huntsville celebrates this identity with the Von Braun Civic Center and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a combination of science museum & theme park. However, that's not all that Huntsville is known for. The Monte Sano State Park just south of downtown Huntsville has great hiking trails that lead to excellent mountain views. Other interesting city attractions include, Madison County Lake, Cathedral Caverns State Park, Flint River canoeing, etc.