After a few days in the 24-hour casinos, some fresh air and nourishment is a necessity. As a traveler explores Main Street and jumps onto Beach Boulevard, he or she may desire to keep on driving. This drive will inevitably change into a day trip.

The Gulf Islands National Seashore is a collection of barrier islands a few miles from the mainland coast of Mississippi.  They can only be reached by passenger ferries and private boats.

However, visitors are provided with a remote shoreline ideal for fishing, hiking. camping, and nature photography. 250 bird species, blue crab, sea turtles and a variety of fish inhabit this seashore preserve.

Since the barrier islands protect Biloxi from the majority of incoming tropical storms, Hurricane Katrina disrupted this verdant sanctuary. Contact the National Park Service for updates on its current state of recovery.

In the event that the Gulf Islands remain closed or their shifting topographical features are dizzying, drive west on Beach Boulevard to Long Beach and Pass Christian. These beaches offer a more serene setting and wider stretches of sand than Biloxi.

Otherwise, keep driving to Gulfport. Gulfport can provide a day of pampering at the spa, teeing on an expansive green or throwing residual change into more slot machines.