Originally Posted by arkitekte
In Memphis, its mainly St. Louis (yes), Arkansas (no, other than camping), Gulf Shores (hell no), and Destin (hell no). When I'm at my parents (closer to Nashville) all I see are Myrtle Beach (big hell no) commercials. Maybe its just me, but the beach gets old and sitting in the sun drinking beer gets old after the first day. I can handle Panama City Beach, but I still don't really get excited about a beach trip. I have some friends that will be climbing up the damn walls about going to the beach. I'd much rather explore a city for 5 days.
Gulf Shores is a huge destination for St. Louisans but I never see much advertising.
I get pretty excited about hitting the Great Lakes beaches during this precious window of June, July, and August because it's the best of both worlds. I get to visit my friends in Chicago and
cool down in that beautiful and crystal clear Lake Michigan surf with a beer. St. Louis is the last truly hot city as you head north and it's amazing to push through that thermocline and camp somewhere that it is sometimes sweatshirt weather at night and just warm enough to swim during the day.
Likewise I like to push south when it is cool/cold here in late winter and early spring.