Unless you're a college football fan, or you're from Pensacola and have no sense of direction, you probably don't find yourself in Alabama too often, let alone in Mobile. If you did, though, you'd find it's actually one of the coolest cities on the underrated Gulf Coast, where spots like Wintzell's and Queen G's serve up the sort of delectable seafood you'd expect to find in, say, New Orleans -- and without having to deal with all the tourists inevitably flood NOLA's streets.
It's not all about seafood, though, as the city displays remarkable architectural variety throughout its nine major historic districts, and is actually home to the country's oldest organized Carnival celebrations. The city even has its own electric trolley car system serving the downtown area, MODA, that's a hybrid throwback you don't see in other American cities. Oh, and if you're looking for beach time, Dauphin Island is just a 45-minute drive away.
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Gianni Jaccoma is a staff writer for Thrillist, and he's been a fan of Rhode Island since Me, Myself, and Irene. Follow him to Providence on Twitter @gjaccoma