1. Orange Beach
What is it? Alabama may not immediately come to mind when you think ‘beach’, but the state’s southern border features 32 miles of coastline hugging the Gulf of Mexico, where white sand beaches meet clear coastal waters in towns like Orange Beach.
Why go? Beyond the sun and sand, the area is known for its nature preserves, golf courses, and fishing expeditions. Enjoy building sand castles, play in the waves, bask in the sun and enjoy all the beachy glory.