My boyfriend and I are interested in a road/beach trip to the Gulf Coast in late May and are looking for ideas on where to go? We're both 35 and are looking to relax on a nice beach for a few days but are also interested in history and great food/drink and to a lesser degree parks and nature. Our budget is flexible...typically we like to be pretty cheap-to-moderate for most of the trip and then splurge a little on the last night or two. We're driving from Madison, WI and have 7-8 days for the trip total. Any ideas? Is it worth the extra driving to go to the Florida panhandle or are there good places in MS or AL?