An RV Trip Along the Gulf Coast from Biloxi to Tallahassee

There is nothing quite like an RV trip along the Gulf Coast for a special winter getaway. A drive that will inspire is going from Biloxi, Mississippi to Tallahassee, Florida. There are many places to see along the way as well as a multitude of activities. Biloxi offers historical sites, parks and charming boutiques and shops to browse. The rivers and bayous invite you to come explore.

Leaving Biloxi, you take Route 90 or Bienville Blvd across Biloxi Bay. Stop at Pascagoula River Front Park for some fascinating bird watching. Then at the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge you will want to stop and view the wetlands, salt marshes and see the wildlife that live here. There are over 10,000 acres filled with bays, bayous and wet pine savanna.

Picture of the Southeastern Shore of Dauphin Island

Southeastern Shore of Dauphin Island

Heading east, you will come upon Dauphin Island with its unspoiled landscape. In town you can enjoy some Southern cuisine and stroll the white sandy beaches. You will find RV camping at Dauphin Island Campground with secluded white beaches and plenty of fishing. If you have brought your boat, you will find a free boat launch. Or you can charter an excursion boat.

Head north to Mobile, Alabama where there is a long list of things to do. Visit the museums or the botanical gardens. The Battleship Alabama is worth a visit too. When you reach Pensacola, Florida you have more attractions that could keep you busy for the rest of the week. A hands-on zoo is wonderful for the kids.

Gulf Islands National Seashore offers wonderful activities for the whole family. Tour the fort or beachcomb the beaches. You can’t forget the camera. If you haven’t taken it out yet, now is the time to do so. The waters of the Gulf shine brightly and the sunsets are particularly vivid. Cross Escambia Bay on the Pensacola Bay Bridge and continue your travel close to the Gulf along the Emerald Coast.

Fort Walton Beach Park or any of the parks in this area are marvelous spots to enjoy the sun and get out and stretch a bit. Okaloosa Island has beaches made up of Appalachian quartz and the waters are emerald green. Play golf or take a boat cruise. The possibilities are virtually endless. As you move on to your final destination, Highway 98 takes you pretty much the rest of the way on your RV trip.

Stop at Topsail Hill State Park for more white beaches and huge towering dunes. You can fish from the shore to catch bass, catfish or bream. Take some time to do some bird watching or hiking. Point Washington State Forest will be your next stop, with cypress swamps that contain many wild animals and birds. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of the endangered gopher tortoise or the Flatwoods salamander.

Before you reach Tallahassee, stop at Deer Lake State Park with a rare coastal dune lake and plan a picnic on the beach. You can get across the dunes on a boardwalk. Finally you reach Tallahassee, Florida with its rich history. Take time before you head home to see some of the sights and do some shopping. What a grand winter vacation in an RV!

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Get Away from the Cold on an RV Trip to Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi, Mississippi is a wonderful Gulf Coast city that offers much to the winter vacationer. An RV vacation to Biloxi is bound to please. There is nothing like the warmer temperatures to lure a family on a trip to Mississippi. The fun available is more than you might think. You can pull your RV into Cajun RV Park in Biloxi to make your home base. It’s a great place to stay while you are here exploring as they have all sorts of amenities and are right across from the beach.

The first order of business on this southern vacation is to get a little history. But don’t worry. You will soon be outdoors in the gentle winter sun. Visiting the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library is truly a must. Beauvoir was where Davis retired, a lovely retreat on the coast. Touring the Presidential Library will be possible in early 2013, so when you arrive in Biloxi, you should check if it is open yet. There will be some amazing exhibits focusing on Jefferson Davis’ life.

Now it is time to get into the outdoors and see what there is to do to fill your days. There is plenty! Head on down to the water and charter a boat cruise. This is the one of the favorite ways to experience this area. While near the water, you’ll want to stop in at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum. You will love seeing the maritime history of Biloxi and the Gulf Coast.

The Desoto National Forest offers some scenic vistas of rolling hills and pine ridges, as well as many year round activities for outdoor lovers. Spend an afternoon bird watching or take time for a picnic in the woods. If you have an ATV, you will find trails to accommodate. Riding horseback, hunting, fishing – it’s all here.

Of course, hiking is the best in this National Forest. The Black Creek Trail is a long trek through beautiful woodlands. You can get a map and break your hike into manageable sections if you prefer. Most of the trail moves along beside Black Creek, with its tea-colored waters. Another trail you will want to try is the Tuxachanie Trail, a National Recreation Trail with a 22-mile hike through the forests. One easy section to hike is the first five miles to an abandoned railroad. You may spot a wild orchid on your hike, too. Don’t forget the camera!

There are other trails for you to enjoy as well. The Big Foot Horse Trail offers some great hiking for beginners or experienced hikers. Choose a section that ranges in length from five to eleven miles. Have your bicycle along with you? The Bethel Bicycle Trail currently has eight miles of trail open for riding.

A unique vacation activity is to take a boat or ferry out to the Barrier Islands of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. There are five islands off the shore of Mississippi – Ship, Cat, Horn, Deer and Petit Bois Islands. Each one is unique and special.

Now that you have truly enjoyed Biloxi to the fullest extent, you can go home knowing that someday you will definitely be back. There is nothing quite like Biloxi.

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A Mississippi Coastal RV Camping Itinerary

An RV trip to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast can be summed up in three ways, “easy to reach, easy on the eyes and easy, affordable RV camping.” If you’ve been waiting to visit Mississippi’s fascinating southern shores, wait no more. The beaches are open and attractions are waiting to entertain your entire family. This sample Mississippi coastal RV camping itinerary can help you plan an unforgettable vacation.

As we mentioned, Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is easy to reach, thanks to mighty I-10 that rolls across the US from Jacksonville to Los Angeles. Once you’ve arrived in Mississippi, you can swing south to Highway 90 to reach coastal towns with such magical names as Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis and Gautier.

Let’s start our Mississippi coastal RV camping itinerary in the Pascagoula area, near the state’s eastern border. Pascagoula may be a busy international port, but it’s also steeped in historic charm and an unparalleled variety of ecosystems.

To experience the area’s natural beauty, be sure to visit the Gulf Coast Gator Ranch in Mosspoint, MS, adjacent to the magnificent Grand Bay Estuary. History buffs should also make it a point to see the LaPointe-Krebs House, still standing after almost three hundred years.

Picture of Horn Island in the Gulf Islands National Seashore

Horn Island in the Gulf Islands National Seashore

Moving down the road to Ocean Springs, RV campers have the chance to experience the Gulf Islands National Seashore through the visitor center in the Davis Bayou area. Easy, affordable RV camping is available on-site at Davis Bayou Campground. To make a stop here even more attractive, outdoor recreation fans will also enjoy a pleasure boat or kayaking tour on the Pascagoula River!

Just across Biloxi Bay by way of the Ocean Springs-Biloxi Bay Bridge stands the vibrant coastal city of Biloxi, Mississippi. One must-see attraction on your Mississippi coastal RV camping itinerary is Biloxi Lighthouse. This historic light stands in the median of I-90, creating a wonderfully picturesque focal point for vacation photos. The lighthouse was rededicated in early 2010 after extensive restoration following Hurricane Katrina. Be sure to catch the open air “Shrimp Train” at the base of the lighthouse for a fascinating tour through Biloxi’s historic district.

Although Biloxi itself is worthy of an entire vacation, let’s keep rolling toward Gulfport. As we go, we should mention that some of the best gaming in the South can be found at the Gulf Coast Casinos between Biloxi and Bay St. Louis. You’ll also find the swimming beaches open along the same stretch of Hwy 90 (Beach Blvd), so leave time to enjoy the white sand and safe swimming areas.

While in the Gulfport-Biloxi area, slow down and enjoy the music! Casino and hotel nightclubs, as well as local taverns and sports bars, offer a wide variety of live entertainment. Be sure to sample Mississippi’s famous blues scene and treat yourself to samplings of jazz and zydeco for a true Gulf Coast musical experience. RV campgrounds such as Gulf Haven Campground, just off Hwy 90, offer world-famous Mississippi hospitality to weary travelers.

As you continue your RV journey across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, plan to spend some time on the Wolf River near Long Beach. Outfitters offer exciting paddling trips up the river, and RV parks like Magic River Resort further showcase the natural beauty of Mississippi.

You’ll finish your RV exploration of Mississippi’s Gulf Shore in the towns of Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian and Waveland, each with their own unique charms. Extremely affordable RV camping sets the scene to explore the antiques shops, historic buildings and the area’s exciting casinos. Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, for example, offers its own RV campground, making it simple to enjoy a night of gaming. One more tip: don’t miss the chance to visit the NASA-Stennis Space Center’s Visitor Center before completing your trip.

With all these attractions waiting to be discovered, you’d never guess it’s only sixty miles from Pascagoula all the way to Mississippi’s western shore. The cities of Mississippi’s southern shoreline, however, will persuade you to slow down and enjoy an extended RV camping journey. Why not use our Mississippi coastal RV camping itinerary as the start of your own love affair with the Magnolia State?

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Mississippi RV Vacation Destination – Stennis Space Center

Here at El Monte RV Rentals, we’re always on the lookout for places our readers can visit within easy reach of top-notch RV campgrounds. The Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi definitely fills the bill. Use these tips to plan your own trip to this premier Gulf Coast destination.

What to Do at Stennis Space Center
One thing Hancock County, MS and the folks at Stennis Space Center do well is offering visitors a gracious welcome. The tour bus to the Space Center actually begins at the Hancock County Welcome Center on I-10. This gives visitors a chance to learn more about Bay St Louis area attractions, as well as giving them a guide-hosted ride to Stennis Space Center.

What you’ll find once your tour bus arrives is an amazing complex of space shuttle engine testing areas and the StenniSphere Visitors Center. Inside the StenniSphere, there’s a wide array of exhibits explaining past NASA missions, a fascinating collection of space exploration memorabilia and exhibits that teach visitors about the Gulf Coast.

Plan to spend several hours touring the StenniSphere—there’s even a “RocKeTeria” serving meals to hungry visitors! The kids will love the hands-on exhibits that let them test rocket engines and simulate space travel. RV travelers tells us the outdoor exhibits are equally engaging, giving an up-close view of rockets, space shuttle engines and aircraft used by the NASA.

Once you’ve visited Stennis Space Center, be sure to visit historic Bay St. Louis, a beach-front town that’s weathered the storms and still offers a charming experience to its visitors. A helpful guide to the city’s many attractions can be found at MSWestCoast.org.

Where to Camp in Bay St. Louis
Top-rated campgrounds close to Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis include these award winners:

  • Bay Hideaway – A Woodall’s Camping Directory favorite in a secluded setting.
  • Bay Marina and RV Park – Offers RV campers easy boat access to Edwards Bayou.
  • Casino RV parks in Bay St. Louis can be found at the Hollywood Casino and Silver Slipper Casino (camping on the beach!).

There’s really no “bad” place to camp in Bay St. Louis, with ocean-front camping and quiet, tree-lined campgrounds throughout the area.

Stretch your minds with mind-boggling scientific exhibits celebrating our nation’s space exploration, and then stretch out on a beach or in a lawn chair under the trees. That’s what you can look forward to on a trip to Stennis Space Center and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

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