3) Mobile, Alabama
History buffs will love exploring this southern Alabama city. In the early 1700s, Mobile was the state capital, and to this day stores a big piece of the state’s history. Many may not know this, but Mobile (not New Orleans) was the site of the first Mardi Gras, celebrated in 1699. The Carnival Museum is an interesting stop to learn about the origins of this world-famous festival. The USS Alabama, a champion WWII battleship, and the submarine USS Drum reside in Mobile. Both are National Historical Monuments and open to the public. The city’s location on the Gulf of Mexico provides an ample supply of fresh seafood. Wild shrimp, blue crab, and oysters are served side by side with southern favorites like cornbread, grits, and fried chicken. Mobile’s cost of living is 8% below the national average. So, dig into some scrumptious dishes and explore national history to your heart’s content!
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