Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Gulf Shores, Alabama? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Gulf Shores, Alabama?”
The winter’s done, we’re sick of being inside, and it’s that time of year again when we all start to feel the calling of the coast. Beaches may not be the first (or second or third) thing that comes to mind when you think of Alabama, but the bordering cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach at the very southern end of the state are the hidden gems of the Gulf Coast. Well known to travelers throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the Gulf Shores profile has been steadily rising throughout the country for its white sand beaches and relatively cheap costs. Located roughly four hours south of Birmingham and just an hour west of Pensacola, this area in southern Baldwin County is a perfect mix of small-town charm and vibrant vacation destination. Whether you prefer your beach vacations to be action packed or lazy and relaxing, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have you covered. Our guide spans the west end of the peninsula all the way to the Florida state line.