Mississippi's Coastal Region will appeal to lovers of history as well as those looking for fun and relaxation. The cities of Laurel
both have historic districts rich in turn-of-the-century mansions surrounded by lovely old oaks and azaleas. Also in Laurel is Mississippi's oldest and possibly best art museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
For a change of pace, casinos and resorts along the Gulf of Mexico offer gaming, live entertainment, golf, spas and charter fishing. Ship Island, 12 miles offshore offers a welcoming beach with clear waters. One of NASA's leading facilities, the Stennis Space Center, is also located here on the coast.