One last look at the blue sky and white sands of Biloxi Beach, Mississippi before moving on.
We pack up and start the drive down US 90, the Gulf Coast Highway...heading west toward New Orleans.
Heading west on US 90 near downtown Gulfport. As you can see, lots of progress has been made since Katrina struck in 2005. Brand new hotels, casinos, a repaved highway, fresh greenery and a boardwalk. A very nice place to take a vacation!
Looking down US 49 North in downtown Gulfport near the intersection of US 90. It's hard to see it now but imagine many of these buildings covered in debris and under several feet of water during Katrina's wrath. Life returns to the Mississippi Gulf Coast!
As we continue to head west on US 90 we still see many empty lots where houses once stood near Bay St. Louis.
Crossing the new Bay St. Louis bridge on US 90.
A city which many said would be inhabitable after Katrina, New Orleans is thriving and remains one of the most electric metropolitan cities in America.
We get off the beaten path and head up US 98 to Natchez, Mississippi one of several Mississippi towns we've never visited. This is the Natchez Visitor Reception Center which sits right on the banks of the Mississippi River.
This is the beautiful garden walkway outside the Natchez Visitor Reception Center. Magnolias of course...not yet in bloom.
A genuine Southern belle standing next to a genuine Southern belle dress from 1850. The dress, along with a lot of Natchez history is on display in the Visitor Reception Center.
A shot of The Isle of Capri casino showboat taken from the other side of the Mississippi in Vadalia, Louisiana.
The Mississippi River bridge taken from Vadalia, Louisiana (right) with Natchez, Mississippi to the left.
This is the historic Dunleith Mansion in Natchez...a must see stop to soak in all that Southern charm!
Another in a long list of Southern belle homes around Natchez.
From Natchez we travel up the highway to historic Vicksburg, Mississippi. Along the Mississippi River are the beautiful Riverfront Murals. Each mural tells the complete history of the city of Vicksburg.
A beautiful mural depicting one of the first settlements in Vicksburg.