Pensacola sits on the edge of the Florida-Alabama state line along Gulf Islands National Seashore, the longest stretch of federally protected seashore in the US. The downtown Pensacola area’s history dates to the sixteenth century, when it was under Spanish rule (then later French and British). Though in the past century, the Gulf-facing sugar-white beaches have been the major draw, and with Fort Pickens Aquatic Preserve and Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park, there’s plenty for outdoorsy types to enjoy, including miles of boardwalk paths. Beyond history, flip flops and sunscreen, Pensacola serves some of the best food in the Gulf – you’ll find all the fresh seafood and craft brews you could want.
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