So I'm trying to plan a trip for my mom's 50th birthday. We have a pretty tight budget, and we would like to go to the gulf coast (it is on my mom's bucket list, and none of us have ever been.) The issue is that I have absolutely no idea about nice places to go, or places to avoid, or places that would be horrifically boring. There seems to be people here who know a little bit about everything, so I'm hoping the hivemind can help. Also, my mom wants to bring her three dogs, and they are not purse sized dogs, so somewhere that is at least semi-dog friendly would be nice, and we plan on driving down, and flying me back so close-ish to some kind of major airport would be nice. Any tips or recommendations at all would be super helpful! Thank you!