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Holidays in Mississippi

Mesmerising Mississippi: the home of the delta Blues, fried catfish, juke-box joints and the mighty river from which the state takes its name. Difficult to spell if you don't know how but, with its captivating countryside and rich history, quite capable of casting quite a different type of spell - the sort that everyone who chooses holidays in Mississippi finds it's all too easy to fall under.

Driving the state's rural byways will put you right in touch with the Magnolia State. Head along the Natchez Trace Parkway and you'll follow an old trail used by the Natchez tribe through kudzo-draped lowlands, thick forests and cypress swamps. Roll along Highway 61 and you'll follow the route taken by Mississippi blues legends like Muddy Waters and BB King north to Memphis. And take the road south and you'll finish up on the beaches of the Gulf Coast.

In between there's a whole patchwork of places to discover. Natchez is the spot for graceful antebellum mansions and a real taste of the Old South. Echoes of the Civil War are found everywhere, but especially at Vicksburg and Corinth. There's the homes of literary greats like William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Eudora Welty to visit. And everywhere seems to have a music connection - Clarksdale for the blues and Tupelo as the birthplace of Elvis Presley, for starters.

It doesn't have to be all high-brow though, and when you fancy a change of scene, you can visit the museum devoted to local lad and Muppet creator Jim Henson in Leland, hike through one of six national forests or go kayaking on the tranquil Pascagoula River. Then, if you're felling lucky, you can hit the casinos of Tunica and the Gulf Coast - because holidays in Mississippi do both sides of the coin.

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Singin' the Blues

Clarksdale is the epicentre of the delta Blues - birthplace of Muddy Waters, and home to the crossroads where Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the devil in return for prodigious guitar skills. Visit the Delta Blues Museum housed in an 1812 train station; poke around in the famous Cat Head Delta Blues and Art store; and listen to smokin' live sets at the Ground Zero Blues Club.

Ole Mississippi

Natchez has a wealth of antebellum mansions - more than anywhere else in the USA -where you can soak up the spirit of Old South. Spring and Fall are top viewing seasons, and during the Natchez Spring Pilgrimage from mid-March to mid-April you can tour all 32 houses in the company of costume-clad Southern belles. Don't miss 'Rosalie', overlooking the river, with its lovely gardens.

The Beach

Holidays in Mississippi can be all about the beach if you want. There's 26 miles of white sand along the Gulf Coast, complete with five barrier islands that keep the turquoise water nice and calm. Lie back on a lounger or ride a jet ski, then sit down to a plate of succulent fresh seafood pulled straight from the ocean.

Literary Leanings

Mississippi life and landscapes have inspired some great American writers. You can visit William Faulkner's mansion home in Oxford and see the sparse study where he penned classics like The Sound and The Fury and As I Lay Dying. Also the lovely house and garden of Eudora Welty in Jackson.

The King

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n' Roll, was born in Tupelo. You can visit the two-room wooden shack where Elvis entered the world in 1935 then spent his childhood, as well as strolling the 15-acre park complete with a museum.

 

 

Fly Drive Holiday: Mississippi Highlights

Memphis – Tupelo – Jackson – Vicksburg – Natchez – Gulf Coast – New Orleans

Our suggested self-drive itinerary takes you on a Mississippi discovery to witness the birthplace and grand locations for some of America’s most pivotal moments in history. Start in Memphis where you can pay homepage to music idols to the civil right movement. Then travel on to the birthplace of ‘The King’ that is Elvis Presley in Tupelo. Afterwards, drive through the marvellous views of the Natchez Trace Parkway to Jackson the state Capitol. Head back in time to Vicksburg, once a battle ground of the Civil War and now a mighty river city, before driving on to Natchez where the ‘Old South’ opulence intact with the captivating antebellum homes. Continue south for relaxation along Mississippi’s scenic gulf coast, and then the trip will end in New Orleans the perfect end to an unforgettable holiday.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Highlights of the Deep South

New Orleans - Natchez - Vicksburg - Mobile - Golden Isles - Savannah

Start your unforgettable twin centre holiday with a stay in Las Vegas, the 24-hour nonstop playground of fun and excitement! See a show or roll the roulette, the choice is yours! Here you could stay 3 nights before heading on to Orlando. Enjoy the many theme parks Orlando has to offer from Walt Disney World Resort to SeaWorld, there is endless possibilities for fun and excitement for the whole family.
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Time Difference:
GMT- 6hours

Closest Airport:
New Orleans International Airport (approx. 10 hours and 50 minutes, indirect flight), Jackson Evers International Airport (approx.. 14 hours indirect), Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (approx. 14 hours indirect).

Getting around:
Hire a car to get around Mississippi with ease. Care hire is available from just £21 per day.

Insider Tip:
If you’ve hired a car, why not take a laid back drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway? The route has been in use since pre-Colonial times and features fantastic scenery, Indian burial mounds, hiking trails and lookouts.

You’re going to need an ESTA:
For anyone travelling to the USA, the US authorities have imposed a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Just fill in the online application form which you can find at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. You will need to apply for entry via ESTA at least a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel.

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