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There's a reason folks like John Mellencamp never shut up about the allure of America's small towns: They're treasures hiding amazing experiences and some completely unexpected culinary surprises. And pretty much every one has a great bar. The bars on this list represent the absolute best small-town drinking experiences in their respective states. They include immaculate cocktail parlors, rowdy dives, historic speakeasies, far-flung cowboy hangs, and waterfront oases, all located far from the big cities that usually hide all the spotlight. Pull

By Perri O. Blumberg

The best solo vacation ideas for every kind of traveler.

Solo travel is on the rise. While hiking the Appalachian Trail or taking a cross-country train trip on your own may sound a little daunting, these approachable and fun getaways are the perfect Introduction to Solo Travel 101. Read on for the absolute best solo vacation spots below the Mason-Dixon line.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi
In laid-back Ocean Springs, your toughest task will be deciding between a paddle board yoga class with PaddlesUp or a swamp tour with the

The team at asked 10 travel experts what is their favorite destination for a Road Trip, and why it’s so great.

As you can see below, their answers are really interesting. Are you ready to drive to these destinations and live the adventure of a lifetime? We sure are!

Without further ado, here are their top 10 destinations:

#2 A Drive Down The Mississippi Gulf Coast

The Mississippi Gulf Coast has so much to offer both visitors and locals alike. The region’s temperate climate, along with its astounding natural beauty,

By Lloyd Carroll

Biloxi, Miss.

Seventy-five miles due east of New Orleans just off I-10 is the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast city of Biloxi (pronounced buh-luck-see) which is known to many as the setting for the play and movie about Neil Simon’s Army basic training, “Biloxi Blues,” and for having been the longtime home of arguably America’s best-known root beer, Barq’s.

While Biloxi is far from the sleepy town it was in the 1940s when Simon’s play was set, it possesses an unhurried charm. A drive along Beach Boulevard (US 90) from

Explore the Coast

March 01, 2018

By Chere Coen

After an unusually cold winter, thoughts naturally turn to the beach. This year, instead of the standard fare of sand, water and sun — which is awesome, mind you — get off the main thoroughfares and seek out the unexpected, the unusual and the road less traveled. They are hidden treasures throughout the Gulf Coast, from Bay St. Louis’ unique art history to butterfly havens in Navarre Beach and the expansion of Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores with it acreage of eco-diversity. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Disembark in

By Sabah Karimi

Here's where buying a house as an investment makes sense.

13. Pass Christian, Miss.
Located near luxury resorts, casinos and event venues, this part of the Gulf Coast is a haven for travelers looking to get away from it all. Extended stays make sense here so there would be a high demand for vacation home rentals. If you head here on vacation, you can enjoy a dinner cruise, fishing trips and other water activities. You would pay $1,212 a month for a $264,450 mortgage and earn a monthly rental income of $1,192 which makes it

By Anne Roderique-Jones

From an Art Deco dazzler in Nashville to a beach-chic boutique on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Southerners know how to build a fine hotel—hospitality is a duty in these parts, after all. The region may be known for comfortable porches, where a rocking chair and tumbler of bourbon are de rigueur, but the finer things in life are certainly appreciated. Here, properties are stacked with soaring columns, oversize chandeliers, lavish velvet furnishings, and lobbies that can stop you in your tracks. It makes for a stay unlike

By Elizabeth O'Brien

Winter still has a firm grip on most of the country, but the good news is that it’s not too late to book a warm-weather escape. Retirees have the luxury of traveling whenever they please, taking advantage of weekday rates and senior discounts where available. For inspiration, MONEY put together a list of 10 affordable getaways from our Best in Travel database. The weekend getaway estimates below are based on a three-night stay for two people and include the price of airfare, hotel, meals and a rental car. We also analyzed

By Larry Olmsted

The scene: President's Day weekend has us thinking about where presidents like to eat. While President Donald Trump has been known to eat KFC and McDonald's, Great American Bites has visited many notable establishments patronized by past presidents — all the way back to George Washington. These spots can be found in politically historic destinations such as Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and less obvious spots such as Boulder, Colo., and Biloxi, Miss. These are the great American restaurants where presidents have dined.

The famous New Orleans Mardi Gras is coming up, but did you know Mississippi and New Mexico have great festivals too? Cities across the country want in on the fun and have organized their own colorful celebrations. No matter the size or location, every event has a few things in common: jovial “Krewes” that put on parades, great music and people who want to party! Here are Mardi Gras gatherings you can attend outside of the main event in Louisiana.

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade | Feb. 13

Claim your spot and yell out, “Throw