Travel Guide

Alabama Gulf Coast Planning a trip

Getting there The Gulf Coast of Alabama is a short drive from the cities of Mobile, Ala. and Pensacola, Fla. To get to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach from Mobile, follow I-10 east toward Pensacola and merge onto State Highway 59 at Exit 44 (Loxley, Gulf Shores, Gulf State Park and Orange Beach). Stay on Highway 59 until it ends at Highway 182 in Gulf Shores, or follow the Foley Beach Expressway (south of Summerdale) to reach the town of Orange Beach. The beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are connected by State Highway 182. Gulf Shores is about 47 miles from Mobile and Orange Beach is about 50 miles. To reach Dauphin Island from Mobile, drive west on I-10 toward Pascagoula, Miss. Take Exit #17A (State Highway 193) south toward Dauphin Island. Follow Highway 193 over the Dauphin Island Parkway Bridge to Dauphin Island. The trip from Mobile is about 37 miles. Dauphin Island and Gulf Shores/Orange Beach are accessible to each other by ferry service, which transports visitors from the eastern tip of the island to Fort Morgan just west of Gulf Shores. Driving from Pensacola, visitors to the Alabama Gulf Coast should follow U.S. 90/U.S. 98 west of downtown, then stay on U.S. 98 when it turns south and merges with Florida State Highway 292. Follow Highway 292 down to Perdido Key and west across the state line into Alabama, where it will be named Alabama State Highway 182. The beaches of Orange Beach lie along Highway 182. The trip from Pensacola is about 28 miles. Two airports serve the Alabama Gulf Coast region – Pensacola (Fla.) Regional Airport and Mobile (Ala.) Regional Airport. Pensacola Regional Airport, located east of the city between Interstates 10 and 110 at 2430 Airport Blvd., is serviced by Airtran Airways, American and American Eagle, Continental, Delta, US Airways, and Northwest airlines. Contact the airport at www.flypensacola.com or 850.436.5000. Mobile Regional Airport is serviced by American Eagle, Atlantic Southeast, Continental, Delta, US Airways and Northwest airlines. It is located at Schillinger Road South and Airport Boulevard in Mobile. Contact the airport at www.mobairport.com, 800.357.5373 or 251.633.4510 Visitor Information For tourist information, contact the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.gulfshores.com or 800.745.SAND.

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