One week exploring the Gulf Coast
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North America7 days / June 2021
Highs & Lows
Eating my way through New Orleans
None to be found on this trip!
Even though I’ve lived in Louisiana for many years now, I had not taken the time to truly explore the Gulf Coast region. In summer 2021, I decided to change that and take a road trip to get to know my home region a little better. I am so glad that I did!
This itinerary starts in a city I know and love well, New Orleans. I spent a long weekend enjoying, eating and drinking everything the city had to offer. After a fun-filled, but very busy weekend, I was ready to relax and unwind on the coast. My next stop was the idyllic small coastal town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Finally, I finished the week soaking in the sun (and tasting some yummy seafood!) on Florida’s Emerald Coast in Navarre Beach.
Q & A
Anything go wrong during the trip?
We had some rain during the trip. I'd recommend checking the weather report and waiting until the day before or the morning of to book ferry tickets for Ship Island. That way you won't get rained out on your beach day!
How was the food?
The Greenhouse on Porter was a unique spot to grab breakfast in Ocean Springs. They have a daily selection of sweet and savory biscuits and you can dine inside the greenhouse!
What tips would you give a friend?
Here are some great day trips from New Orleans if you'd like to explore outside the city: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve: Located just 15 minutes from downtown New Orleans, it is easily accessible by taxi or rideshare. Entrance to the park is free. It is a great place to experience nature in southern Louisiana. You can see an abundance of plant and animal life including alligators and snakes. Give snakes their space on walkways. Alligators typically remain in the water, unbothered by visitors. If visiting in the warmer months, be sure to wear plenty of insect repellent. Whitney Plantation: Plantations in the south hold such a dark history, and unfortunately the grandeur of the buildings often overshadows the trauma that continues to this day as a result of slavery and the plantation economy. For this reason, I have never felt comfortable visiting plantations before. The Whitney Plantation, however, puts the entire focus of their tours on the experience of enslaved people and the impact that the entire system has had on society....Read More
I live in southern Louisiana, so this was an easy road trip for me, with the farthest destination only a 6 hour drive away. If you are not located nearby, you can easily start your trip by flying into New Orleans. I recommend waiting until the day you plan to drive to Mississippi to pick up your rental car. Having a car in New Orleans is a bit of a hassle. Parking is difficult to find and expensive. It’s best to use public transportation or rideshare to get around the city. Navarre Beach, the final destination in this itinerary, is located nearby both Pensacola International Airport and Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport. Either airport would be a convenient place to drop off your rental car and fly home....Read More
Rideshares have gotten considerably more expensive recently in New Orleans. The streetcar is a great, affordable alternative to try. You can download the RTA Go Mobile App to track the street car route and pay the fare.