Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tourism in Mobile and the Gulf Coast, USA

Tourism in Mobile and the Gulf Coast, USA
Hotel in Mobile and the Gulf Coast,USA
In Mobile, a busy port and one of Alabama’s oldest cities (the old gal celebrated her 300th birthday in 202), many antebellum buildings survive as a bridge to the past despite the “urban renewal” development of the 1960s. A springtime explosion of Azaleas beneath Spanish moss draped oak canopies shows why Mobile is known as the Azalea City. The country’s first Mardi Gras was held here (not in New Orleans, as native Modillions love to explain) and today the city still exults in two weeks of pre-Lenten parades, balls, and merrymaking. South of Mobile, across Mobile Bay, the area around Gulf Shores has 32 mi of white sand beaches, including 2 ½ mi protected in Gulf State Park. On the eastern shore of Mobile Bay in Fair hope and Point Clear, incredible sunsets are not be missed events.

In 1711 Fort Candi was the name the French gave to the colonial outpost that would one day expand and become Mobile. Today, the City’s French origins endure in its Creole cuisine. One hundred fifty years after the fort was destroyed, its remains were discovered during construction of the I-10 Interchange. A reconstructed portion houses the city visitor center, as well as museum. Costumed guides conduct tours here.

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