Laredo Transplant (originally from central Illinois) here. My wife and I are driving from Laredo with our 2 year old daughter to Houston on June 7. June 8 we pick up my 6 year old neice flying in from Illinois about 10:30 A.M. and plan on driving to pennsecola or destin. We plan on spending June 9 at the Beach before tackling the rest of the trip to Orlando June 10. Our preferred method of travel is driving unless for time will not allow it. We have a Dodge Grand Caravan though so it makes it nice. For a beach day on the way down there, are there any other good locations along the panhandle that might be a little cheaper than destin? Seems that area is a little high for lodging. Flying to Disney with two children might save a little time and hassle, but will eat a better part of a GRAND of cash. Thats just to much money for the small hassle as far as I am concerned. At least when the total trip is only 15-18 hours total.