The state named for the most vital waterway in North America encompasses, appropriately enough, along the river of identities. Mississippi features palatial mansions and rural poverty. Haunted cotton flats and lush hill country, honey-dipped sand on the coast and serene farmland in the north. Oft mythologised and misunderstood, this is the womb of some of the rawest history – and music – in the country. Today’s Mississippi is a multifaceted landscape of rich history, legendary musical heritage, mouthwatering culinary delights, and adventurous outdoor recreation. From the natural splendour of the Hills region to the mighty Mississippi River to the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast, Mississippi celebrates diversity and creativity through her people, geography, sights, and sounds. Journey along miles of hiking and biking trails inside the vast acreage of state parks and national forests.
Relish authentic sounds of blues, country, or rock ‘n’ roll in the birthplace of it all along the Mississippi Blues and Country Music Trails. Experience the state’s history by touring antebellum homes during spring and fall pilgrimages. Meander through one of Mississippi’s state-of-the-art museums. Or explore civil rights history along the Mississippi Freedom Trail. Indulge in a little retail therapy at the many antique shops and cosy boutiques on a nearby town square. Dine on Southern classics like fresh Gulf seafood, hot tamales or fried pickles, or one-of-a-kind entrées with a modern twist. Whether you fly or drive to get here, you can celebrate a Mississippi tradition year-round at any of the state’s plethora of festivals and fairs.