Mobile is the heart of Alabama's Gulf Coast Region that includes 32 miles of white sand beaches. Mobile is a city of rich Southern history in a setting of scenic views and beautiful nature. Mobile Bay sits on Alabama's Eastern Shore Trail, a network of hiking trails that begin at the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. The park is named for Raphael Semmes, the only commander of a Confederate ship (CSS ALABAMA) that captured 65 Union vessels worth more than $6 million before it was sunk on June 2, 1864.
Portier House in Downtown Mobile, is a Greek revival Creole House purchased in 1934 by the first Catholic Bishop of Mobile, Michael Portier. This house became the residence of the Bishop of Mobile, and served five bishops until 1906. During WWII, the house served as a USO hall. Bragg Mitchell Mansion is a grand antebellum mansion. Built in 1855, it is reminiscient of a time when Mobile was a thriving cotton port, and offers a glimpse of life in the Old South. Bellingrath Gardens is a 65 acre estate with a collection of flowers that provide visitors with something beautiful to see year round. Blooming flowers include camellias (in winter), azaleas (in spring), roses (in summer) and chrysanthemums (in the fall). Bellingrath also offers dinner cruises on Mobile Bay.
The National African-American Archives & Museum contains the history of Colored Carnival, Hank Aaron Fan Club, portraits, biographies, carvings, artifacts, books and documents.