Once dubbed the Paris of the South, Mobile has a storied cultural background. Before it was part of the U.S., it was alternately a colony of France, England, and Spain. Nowadays it's the third most populous city in Alabama, but it hasn't lost touch with its mixed cultural roots. Mobile's curious blend of Creole character and European refinement is unique, and Mobile vacation packages can help you experience it.
The city's location on the Mobile Bay—Alabama's only saltwater port—has long been responsible for the city's economic vigor, but the water is also a playground for those who love marine recreation. Mobile is a cultural center on the Gulf Coast, with multiple art museums in addition to a symphony orchestra, a professional opera company, and a professional ballet company. The city has a large concentration of historic architecture that ranges in style from Greek Revival to Beaux-Arts to Gothic Revival, and everything in between. The birthplace of Mardi Gras in the U.S., Mobile hosts the oldest American celebration of the holiday, and you can find traces of its history throughout the city, especially when you're staying in hotels in Mobile.
Like everything in Mobile, the food reflects the city's diverse heritage. Cajun and Creole influences weigh heavy in classic southern comfort food updated with fresh seafood. The West Indies salad, a savory dish of crab, vinegar, and onion, was reputedly invented in Mobile. And if it's Mardi Gras season, get ready to catch a moon pie, a coveted marshmallow treat often tossed from parade floats. Downtown Mobile hotels will put you close to great restaurants and happening nightlife. After hours, Dauphin Street is lined with all kinds of eateries and entertainment, from hot clubs to pool halls.
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