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.
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.
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.
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.
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.