Mobile, Alabama, is a town of salty sea breezes and carnivalesque enjoyment. Not many people know that it was actually the birthplace of the American Mardi Gras celebrations, and every year the tight-knit streets around the city center come alive in a kaleidoscope of colorful floats, parading showmanship and wild masquerades. Aside from the spring time celebrations Mobile has plenty to offer the year-round visitor, riddled as it is with a wealth of historical homes, maritime museums, military monuments, thought-provoking galleries, old Colonial architecture and out-of-town excursions, both in and around the Gulf of Mexico waters. Greyhound and Megabus routes serve the city, while the nearest major airport is found just over two hours away in New Orleans.
The decommissioned USS Alabama now stands as a fitting memorial and educational museum for the people of Mobile. Situated on the picturesque bay area of town, families and individuals alike are invited to discover the rich and engrossing history of this one-time hero of the American fleet. Highlights include the on-site collection of military aircrafts, the imposing DRUM submarine exhibit, and even the possibility of overnight stays on-board!
Renovations only began on this truly immersive section of Mobile’s History Museum in 2010, but it is now one of the best-loved heritage attractions in town. Once the colonial stronghold of French forces here, Fort Conde passed through the hands of two of Europe’s other great superpowers (England and Spain) before being taken by US troops in 1813, making this one thoroughly remarkable story to unravel!
This magnificent intermingling of architectural styles allows visitors a unique glimpse of the multicultural building blocks that give Mobile its indefinable downtown appearance. Romanesque porticos meet curiously colonial influences, while the exquisite array of stained glass windows alone makes this one worth a visit. If you intend on going, be sure to check out the Cathedral’s calendar of events to ensure entrance will be allowed.
As the best-loved local purveyor of Alabama’s seafood delicacies, the Wintzell’s Oyster House enjoys a legendary fame around town. While all the food is fresh and cooked in the traditional style, more than 70 years of culinary experience can’t hurt either, and this one really should be seen as something of a Mobile rite of passage for any visiting foodie.
Staying here will put in you in the company of some seriously big names, from sports celebrities to royalty. What’s more there’s a daunting array of amenities and luxuries, from the sprawling spa facility to the quirky Zen fire pit and chill out room. It’s no wonder then that this high luxury hotel in the heart of Mobile’s downtown continues to reign as the top-rated choice for visitors.