Beautiful beaches, authentic downtowns, wildlife preserves, historic sites, and the freshest seafood are all yours to enjoy on Alabama’s Coastal Connection, a nationally designated scenic byway. Alabama’s southern tip is one of those places where even first-time visitors will find a place to belong. Traveling the Byway, you’ll experience the link between the traditions of the Deep South and a more laid-back island lifestyle. And, amid the thousands of acres of preserved lands, the beautiful coastal waterways, and the good life of a beachfront vacation, you’ll discover a myriad of opportunities to make your own connection to Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
From migratory birds and sea discoveries on Dauphin Island to the 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (12295 AL Highway 180, Gulf Shores; 251-540-7720), the first leg of this nature journey is filled with amazing views. A safe haven for an abundance of threatened and endangered species of wildlife, flora and fauna, the refuge is comprised of five separate units in Mobile and Baldwin counties and has been named one of the 10 natural wonders of Alabama.
There are lots of recreational opportunities along the Coastal Connection, and if fishing sets the order for your day, there are plenty of places along the strip to find live bait, rod and reel combinations and just about anything else you could possibly want to meet your fishing needs.
All along the route, local museums tell the story of the heritage and traditions of coastal Alabama, as well as the storms that have affected the area. They also showcase the resilience of the region, its communities and its residents, who have rebounded stronger than ever after each occurrence.
For added adventure, you can set your own pace and your own path along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Take off on a geocaching treasure hunt, get lost on purpose on a coastal hideaway, head out for a day of charter fishing or dine your way from one great restaurant to the next. You’ll find a number of great places to eat on the Gulf in Alabama Tourism’s “100 Dishes to Eat Before you Die.” Spending time your way with your favorite folks is the best way to enjoy the Byway.
Lodging options along the byway offer variety for all types of travelers. From quiet out-of-the-way bed and breakfast inns to luxurious beachfront condominiums, local tourism offices can direct you to the accommodations that will make your stay complete. For more information, visit the Alabama Coastal Connection website.