US Airways offers nonstop flights from Reagan National to Pensacola, Fla., with mid-July fares starting at $340. Pensacola is about 35 miles from Gulf Shores, Ala.
Beachside Resort Hotel
610 W. Beach Blvd.
Across the street from the beach. Rooms start at $139.
Courtyard Gulf Shores
3750 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
About four miles from the beach in the Pelican Place Shopping Center. Rooms start at $149.
Online rental site listing many short-term Gulf Shores condo rentals.
138 W. 1st Ave.
Good, fresh seafood, just a couple of blocks from the ocean. Entrees from $11.95.
3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Upscale spot with a varied menu. Entrees $14-$26.
601 W. Beach Blvd.
Casual indoor-outdoor beachfront cafe. Entrees $14-$22.
Waterville Water and Amusement Park
906 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Wave pool, lazy river, amusements. A fun place for kids. Adults $29.95, seniors and children under 42 inches $18.95; amusement park rides are extra. Water park open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Amusement park open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
101 E. Beach Blvd.
Big, fun restaurant, bar, music venue on the beach. The atmosphere is better than the food. Go for the bands, the outdoor music and the beach games for kids.
110 Hwy. 180
Historic fort at the mouth of Mobile Bay. The last major battle of the Civil War was fought here. Open daily year-round, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $7, seniors and college students $5, children 6-12 $4.