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Mobile, Alabama

Home of America's original Mardi Gras, Mobile is one of the oldest cities in the Gulf Coast region and is known for its captivating historical districts, flourishing arts community, beautiful gardens, friendly parks and hidden waterways. Located on Mobile Bay, it hugs the Gulf of Mexico and is just two hours east of New Orleans. It offers visitors a genuine Southern experience in a colorful, coastal setting.

Festivals in Mobile run all year round, celebrating music, fresh seafood, vibrant flowers and more. A stop at Battleship Memorial Park is perfect for any military buffs, where a tour is of the Battleship U.S.S. ALABAMA is just one of the many highlights. And while you're in the area, don't forget to sample the finest seafood and local delicacies along the Bay, guaranteed to make any mouth water.

Need to stretch out those sea legs? It's easy to find an array of kayaks, airboats, sailboats and deep-sea charters to take you away from it all. Dauphin Island, located just an hour south of the city, is a must for any beach enthusiast. The laid-back atmosphere and natural beauty will have anyone wanting to stay an extra day.

The State of Alabama

Alabama is commonly referred to as the "Yellowhammer State" or "The Heart of Dixie." It's located in the southeastern region of the U.S. and bordered by Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico. It ranks second in the United States for the size of its inland waterways. Mobile is the oldest city in Alabama.