For lovers of the blues, Cajun cuisine, and funky breweries, the Gulf Coast makes for the best of road-trips. Like the region’s iconic gumbo, Gulf-Coast culture is a combination of influences harmonized over time. Before European settlement, the Karankawa and Atakapa thrived on these shores, sustaining their communities with the abundant oysters and shrimp in the Gulf’s warm waters. Later, the French ruled the Gulf Coast for over a century and left behind cultural traditions like Mardi Gras in port cities like New Orleans; Biloxi, Mississippi; and Mobile, Alabama. West Africa’s influence here is profound, too, in everything from the blues to cuisine to parade traditions.
Today, as it long has, the Gulf Coast celebrates indulgence and the joys of the senses. Head to where you’ll find live music, local beer, and incredible food to see for yourself.