Alabama Tourism Department launches The Most Relaxing Trip Ever contest to help travelers get over the COVID-19 pandemic


  • Tell us why you deserve to win The Most Relaxing Trip Ever in an essay, photos and video.
  • The Alabama Tourism Department will accept entries from June 6-Aug. 1.
  • The winner will receive a trip to The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton hotel.
  • While the winner is away, they will receive housekeeping, lawn care services and a stocked pantry.

Montgomery, AL (June 8, 2021) The Alabama Tourism Department today announced The Most Relaxing Trip Ever contest to enter to win a vacation to Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama. The grand-prize winner will get to experience a Southern beach retreat that inspires relaxation and an opportunity to take in all the beauty the Gulf Coast has to offer.

One winner will receive a 4-day/3-night stay at The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton hotel, where visitors can enjoy the park’s unique amenities and a stunning view of Alabama’s pristine coastline. Go bike riding through wetlands to discover the eco-diversity of the Gulf State Park and relax on the beach with complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas. The prize package includes one hour of professional instruction from the Sandcastle University to learn how to build world-class sandcastles and enjoy a sunset cruise, compliments of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. The winner will receive incidental allowances, some on-site meals at the resort restaurants, amenities, and a travel allowance that can be applied to airfare or other transportation.

“This contest is a terrific opportunity for one family to fulfill a desire to travel while experiencing the most fun Alabama’s beaches have to offer – all for free,” said Lee Sentell, director of the Alabama Tourism Department.

While the winner experiences the most relaxing trip ever, things back home will be managed by a group of professional service contractors who will come in for housekeeping, lawn care service and grocery shopping.

To enter, submit a 250-word essay to the Alabama Tourism Department on why you deserve The Most Relaxing Trip Ever. A complete list of contest rules, regulations, eligibility and submissions can be found and made at Alabama.Travel/Relax. Photos and video submissions are optional with applications.

Entries for The Most Relaxing Trip Ever contest will be accepted from June 6 through Aug. 1. Winners must agree to the official rules and be a resident of an eligible state.


The Alabama Tourism Department has won honors from World Travel Market: London, United States Travel Association, National Council of State Tourism Directors, Travel Weekly magazine, the Southeast Tourism Society, Southern Public Relations Federation and others for its tourism marketing campaigns. Last year was an extraordinary year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and despite these circumstances, the state of Alabama thrived as a popular destination for travelers in 2020. More than $800 million in state and local tax revenues was generated by travel and tourism activities. For more information, please visit: Alabama.Travel.



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