What makes Mobile unique is that it’s a port city on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. It has an extensive history and still has many of its historic buildings with 1820s architectural styles still intact. It even takes part in the Mardi Gras tradition!
Even if you can’t visit Mobile or New Orleans during Mardi Gras, the Mobile Carnival Museum is open all year and is totally dedicated to Mardi Gras. Here you can see some of the costumes worn in the parade in their permanent collection, as well as see former floats.