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This Amazing America: Mobile, Alabama

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In 1938, Greyhound published the booklet’This Amazing America highlighting some of the great things you can do when you travel. Today, we call these Hound Gems. Here’s a look back at where we thought you should visit then with a few more of our favorite attractions. This week, we’re visiting Mobile, Alabama.

  • When you think Mardi Gras, most think of the celebrations in New Orleans signaling the start of Lent, but this holiday actually began in 1831 in Mobile, Alabama celebrating New Year’s Day. While the city now celebrates Mardi Gras before the start of Lent, you can visit the Mobile Carnival Museum any time of year.
  • Mobile is also home to the USS Alabama. Here, visitors can walk the decks of one of the most decorated U.S. battleships, see a WWII submarine and view the cockpits of combat aircraft. The self-guided tour not only lets you see more than 25 military aircraft and explore all 12 decks of the ship, but you can even lock someone in the Brig, man the 12-man gun and take a test flight on the flight simulator.
  • Visitors of any age can head over to the Gulf Coast Exploratorium where there are more than 150 interactive exhibits and IMAX films. The Exploratorium is located in Downtown Mobile and near the History Museum of Mobile and a variety of restaurants.

What’s on your list of must-see attractions while in Mobile? Let us know in the comments below!

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