By: Lyn Mettler

Biloxi, Mississippi, casinos and buildings along Gulf Coast shoreRob Hainer/Shutterstock

Mississippi: Ocean Springs

The coast of Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico makes for an ideal ocean escape before summer's end. Historic and quaint Ocean Springs is a small town with plentiful southern live oak trees that are known for its arts and festivals. You'll find more than 200 shops, art galleries, restaurants, and bars to raise a glass to toast the end of summer. The Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center, built in 1927, once served as Elvis' home and makes an interesting and fun spot to stay a night or two.

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