When you think of Mississippi, or even the southern United States at large, the words, “vacation destination” might not immediately spring to mind. However, the area’s reputation is stuck in the 1960s in a way that the Gulf Coast area simply doesn’t deserve.
The area has a reputation for some legislative bias in the wake of the state’s passage of a law that allows businesses with “sincerely held religious beliefs” to deny LGBT citizens both jobs and service. However, along the Gulf Coast, there’s a different breed of Southerner waiting to welcome anyone who should be fortunate enough to visit.
Think of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast as the state’s answer to Austin, Texas, a little pocket of unique culture that perseveres in the wake of a theoretically unwelcoming environment. Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is not only home to some great casinos and beach resorts, it’s also home to a wide variety of artists, musicians and cultural landmarks that are sure to fill your time.
Even more than that, the Gulf Coast is home to perhaps the country’s most delicious home grown cuisine, incorporating a wide variety of both classic Southern staples as well as fresh, new seafood dishes. Couple that with some of the most serene beaches in the United States and this Summer, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is well worth your time.