One tank trip: Beach bound!

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama beaches are becoming increasingly popular coastal destinations.  Traffic anchor Michelle Logan hit the road to Gulf Shores as part of the CBS 42 Summer Series. 

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism public relations manager Kay Maghan said Alabama beaches are gaining nationwide notoriety. 

What we’ve seen for the past eight years, is every year is bigger and better than the one before. So it’s been record-setting for eight years in a row.

Just last year, USA Today named Gulf Shores number five for Best Small Coastal Towns, and gave Orange Beach the number three slot for Best Small-Town Food Scene. 

Gulf Shores public information officer said the recent improvements are all thanks to its recent $15 million renovation project. 

In gulf shores, because it’s city-owned property, we’re able to manicure these beaches these are amenity beaches. 


The white-sand beaches, and more, all accessible after arriving in this so-called big beach, small town community.


“You can pretty much just park your car and stay, said Brown. And that was a goal- one of the reasons for improving the sidewalk systems, improving pedestrian safety right here in the core of our city.”


But the beach is only the beginning. Nearby sea means fishing aplenty and popular dolphin cruises, among other things. Family-friendly trips to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo now have interactive exhibits. 


So you can build a treat or a toy for a baby animal, said Maghan. Maybe lion cubs or the lemurs and get to watch those animals play with what you created. 


Viva Price is one of three generations of women who visited Gulf Shores for their annual family reunion summer getaway. 


“Beyond the fact that it’s just beautiful and the people are nice, you can still drive here, said Price. So it’s accessible, not really overly-expensive and you still get the nice white beach and beautiful sun that you would get on the island.” 


WATCH to hear why a three-generation family thinks of Gulf Shores as their first-choice vacation spot. 


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