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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Opelika.

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Around Opelika ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Columbus (GA). It is located about 26 miles [41 km] to the southeast of Opelika. Columbus (GA) has a population of 197,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Auburn. It lies just southwest of Opelika and has a population of 63,100 people.

For comparison, Opelika has a population of 29,900 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Opelika and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<2>

Community   2016
Population
DirectionDistance
Alexander City   [Map]   14,773   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lanett   [Map]   6,393   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Phenix City   [Map]   37,132   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Roanoke   [Map]   5,984   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
Smith's Station   [Map]   5,341   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Tallassee   [Map]   4,759   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Tuskegee   [Map]   8,722   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
Union Springs   [Map]   3,749   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Valley   [Map]   9,377   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Wetumpka   [Map]   8,219   W   48 miles [77.2 km]
Grantville (GA)   [Map]   3,202   NE   50 miles [80.5 km]
Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   3,139   NE   44 miles [70.8 km]
LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   30,771   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Manchester (GA)   [Map]   4,061   E   45 miles [72.4 km]
West Point (GA)   [Map]   ---   NE   18 miles [29 km]

Below is a sample of nearby communities:

Community   2016
Population
DirectionDistance
Beauregard   [Map]   ---   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
The Bottle   [Map]   ---   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
Camp Hill   [Map]   975   NW   18 miles [29 km]
Crawford   [Map]   ---   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Cusseta   [Map]   123   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Eady City   [Map]   ---   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Huguley   [Map]   ---   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
LaFayette   [Map]   2,968   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
Loachapoka   [Map]   199   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
Marvyn   [Map]   ---   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
Plant City   [Map]   ---   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Prince Crossroads   [Map]   ---   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Ridgewood Village   [Map]   ---   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
Salem   [Map]   ---   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Waverly   [Map]   148   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]

For more communities neighboring Opelika, please visit our County-by-County Page for Opelika.

Lee County ...

Opelika is located in Lee County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

Curious and Interesting Names Near Opelika ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Crooked Creek   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast of Opelika   [Map]
Edgewood Forest   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Five Points   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Glen Haven   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hallway   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
India Lakes   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Indian Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rocky Brook   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Village Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Opelika ...

Looking for more information about Opelika? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Opelika, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Opelika.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Opelika.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Opelika. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Opelika. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Alabama

    Alabama Tourism
    Parks for Alabama

    Fishing in Alabama
    Hunting in Alabama

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Alabama Statewide Tourism
    Opelika Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Opelika


National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alabama

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alabama

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alabama

Airports Near Opelika ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Opelika.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Auburn - Opelika Airport (AUO/KAUO)   [Map]   AUO   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
Lanett Muni.   [Map]   7A3   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Camp Hill Airport   [Map]   ---   WNW   18 miles [29 km]
Moton Fld. Muni.   [Map]   06A   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
Columbus Metro Airport (CSG/KCSG)   [Map]   CSG   ESE   27 miles [43.5 km]
La Grange - Callaway Airport(ICAO: KLGC)   [Map]   LGC   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Tallassee Muni.   [Map]   ---   WSW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Harris Co. Airport   [Map]   ---   ENE   31 miles [49.9 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Opelika.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Opelika. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Hartsfield - Jackson Intl. (ATL/KATL)   [Map]   ATL   NE   87 miles [140 km]
Birmingham Intl. (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]   BHM   NW   100 miles [160.9 km]
Northwest Florida Rgnl. (VPS/KVPS)   [Map]   VPS   SSW   164 miles [263.9 km]
Pensacola Rgnl. (PNS/KPNS)   [Map]   PNS   SW   184 miles [296.1 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Columbus Metro Airport (CSG/KCSG)   [Map]   CSG   ESE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Roanoke Muni.    [Map]   7A5   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
Montgomery Rgnl. (MGM/KMGM)   [Map]   MGM   WSW   64 miles [103 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Auburn - Opelika Airport (AUO/KAUO)   [Map]   AUO   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
Lanett Muni.   [Map]   7A3   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Camp Hill Airport   [Map]   ---   WNW   18 miles [29 km]
Moton Fld. Muni.   [Map]   06A   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
La Grange - Callaway Airport(ICAO: KLGC)   [Map]   LGC   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Tallassee Muni.   [Map]   ---   WSW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Harris Co. Airport   [Map]   ---   ENE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Harris Co. Airport   [Map]   PIM   ENE   31 miles [49.9 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Hartsfield - Jackson Intl.   (ATL/KATL)   [Map]
        Website for Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Birmingham Intl.   (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]
        Website for Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Dothan Rgnl.   (DHN/KDHN)   [Map]
        Website for Dothan Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Middle Georgia Rgnl.   (MCN/KMCN)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Southwest Georgia Rgnl.   (ABY/KABY)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Auburn - Opelika Airport   (AUO/KAUO)   [Map]
        Website for Auburn - Opelika Robert G. Pitts Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
La Grange - Callaway Airport   (ICAO: KLGC)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Northwest Florida Rgnl.   (VPS/KVPS)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Florida Regional Airport (Elgin AFB)
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Thomas C. Russell Fld.   (ICAO: KALX)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Weedon Fld.   (ICAO: KEUF)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Pensacola Rgnl.   (PNS/KPNS)   [Map]
        Website for Pensacola Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
McGhee Tyson Airport   (TYS/KTYS)   [Map]
        Website for McGhee Tyson Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Savannah / Hilton Head Intl.   (SAV/KSAV)   [Map]
        Website for Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Nashville Intl.   (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]
        Website for Nashville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Columbus Metro Airport   (CSG/KCSG)   [Map]
        Website for Columbus Metropolitan Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Montgomery Rgnl.   (MGM/KMGM)   [Map]
        Website for Montgomery Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Opelika: www.opelika.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Opelika.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Opelika. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Opelika) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Opelika. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Opelika

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Opelika. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6600, Longitude: -85.3803     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Opelika have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Opelika), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Opelika.