The Ultimate Road Trip: Gulf Coast

Pack your car with snacks and bevvies and get ready for a three day, 700 mile road trip along the Gulf Coast.

You’ll be taking the scenic route via route 90 and route 98 from New Orleans, Louisiana all the way to South Walton, Florida.

Day 1: Louisiana

If you have a few days to spend in New Orleans, have a look at our city guide or check out some family-friendly ideas. Make a quick stop for breakfast and/or coffee at Satsuma Café on your way out of town. Stay in for the Mexican Breakfast Plate, or take the Green Breakfast Sandwich to go. (Or revisit your favorite donut place.)

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Day 2: Mississippi and Alabama

Before Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Gulf Coast was one of the largest casino markets in the US. After the catastrophic destruction of the water-based casinos in the Hurricane, the Mississippi Gaming Commission decided to rebuild the casinos on land. The Silver Slipper Casino was the first casino built on the ground in Mississippi, and pays homage to legacy of the famous Vegas casino of the same name which closed in the 80s. Make a stop and try your luck at the table games or in the high limit salon.

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Day 3: Alabama & Florida

Do you ever think about the connection between athletic competition and artistic expression? Did you even know there was such a thing as “sport art”? In Daphne, Alabama, on the United States Sports Academy campus, you can visit the American Sport Art Museum and find out all about it.  Their collection has more than 1,000 pieces and is believed to be the largest collection of sport art in the US, and possibly the world. Visit the museum any weekday (it’s closed on weekends). Bonus: it’s free!

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After three long days of driving, stay the night in luxury in the Watercolor Inn & Resort at the nearby Santa Rosa Beach, or find more hotel options here.