Stunning white beaches and emerald waters create the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico from Pensacola east nearly to Tallahassee, the state capital. The Naval Air Station in Pensacola is home to the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute. State parks, the Florida National Scenic Trail, recreational area's and quaint towns dot the Northwest portion of the state. Enjoy cultural events centering around the numerous colleges and universities. Many of the communities here preserve a distinctly Southern feel, while offering modern amenities for residents and visitors.