When ABC’s Good Morning America asked viewers to name the most beautiful place in America, they were swamped by thousands of breathtaking photos. From hundreds of places submitted by viewers, the GMA crew chose 10 scenic spots of extraordinary natural beauty. Miles of pure white sand beaches strung along the sparkling emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico earned Destin, Florida one of the coveted spots on GMA’s list of the 10 Most Beautiful Places in America. (Click here to see the GMA slide show and judge for yourself. http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/best_places_USA/slideshow/gmas-beautiful-places-america-destin-florida-14223045
World renowned for its sugar-sand beaches, Destin is consistently named to lists of the world’s best beaches. As fine as sugar and feather soft, the white sand along this stretch of the Florida Panhandle’s Gulf Coast is composed of 99% pure crystal quartz. Known as the Emerald Coast for the deep emerald color of water, miles of pristine beaches stretch from Destin through the Beaches of South Walton to Panama City.
The combination of sandy beaches and warm Gulf waters draw people to live and vacation in Destin from across America. Of the 4.5 million annual visitors to the Emerald Coast, 80% visit Destin. Within easy reach of the Pensacola airport, Destin is the shopping, dining, boating and entertainment heart of the Emerald Coast. Yet with a year-round population of only 11,000, Destin manages to maintain its charming beach-town vibe.
Named one of America’s Best Family Destinations for 2011 by TripAdvisor, Destin offers recreational activities for the whole family, including boating, 25 world-class golf courses, hiking and biking trails, and is home to the biggest sport fishing fleet on the Gulf. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that, as GMA says, “... natives never leave and tourists return year after year.”
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