Sugar-white-sand beaches, a culinary scene rivaling New Orleans's, a vibrant shopping district—Gulf Shores, Alabama, is one of America’s greatest and most underrated beach resort towns, with perfect white sand beaches, a mouthwateringly good culinary scene, and a vibrant shopping district. Explore the Wharf, which combines Rodeo Drive chic with old-school Charleston charm. While away your time on the idyllic beaches, whether you prefer to lounge in the sun or go for a swim. The region is also home to several championship golf courses, top-notch deep-sea fishing, numerous wildlife areas and several historic sites. Make sure to head to the lovely Gulf State Park, as well as Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.