Let’s get one thing out of the way: We are Texans, and we love Texas as much as the next Texas-crazy Texan. But as it turns out, there are a few other states along the Gulf Coast. And if we’re willing to drive just a little farther than we’re used to, there are whole new worlds to explore: worlds full of over-the-top romance and luxury in Florida; laidback vibes and family-friendly fun in Alabama; heart-stopping natural beauty and quirky arts and culture in Mississippi; incredible fishing and birding in Louisiana; and much more, all just a blink-and-you-missed-it flight, or a day in the car, away. So get ready to venture outside your comfort zone, Houston! Adventure awaits…

In This Feature:

Living the Luxe Life Along Florida's Scenic Highway 30A

Alys Beach is a side of Florida we've never seen before.

04/25/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Kids, Parents and Animals Bond on the Alabama Coast

Exploring the beautiful beach and "The Little Zoo That Could."

04/25/2019 By Timothy Malcolm

Expect the Unexpected on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Quaint towns, oddball museums, and much more await.

04/25/2019 By Dianna Wray

You Don't Have to Be an Angler to Visit Grand Isle

Hiking and birdwatching on Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island.

04/25/2019 By Gwendolyn Knapp