- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Mississippi, USA
The 62 miles of soft, white sandy beaches that fringe Mississippi’s coast on the Gulf of Mexico offer a sunny getaway with plenty to do. In places like Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis, Ocean Springs and more, you can hit the links, go for a kayaking eco-tour through bayou waterways, try your luck at a casino or go for a fishing expedition (casting, trolling or fly fishing).
Natchez Trace Parkway
Kicking off in the historic and charming city of Natchez, the Natchez Trace Parkway is 444 miles of pure Americana. Before the route stops in Nashville, Tennessee, you’ll pass the Tupelo National Battlefield, the Mississippi Craft Center (in Ridgeland, Mississippi), Owl Creek Mounds and dozens of other thought-provoking historical sites.
Descriptions and depictions of the unique feel and flavor of life in the Deep South has lured countless readers to dive into the literary oeuvre of Mississippi’s native writers. Among the most famous are Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Richard Wright. Modern authors from Mississippi also get plenty of attention, from John Grisham to Kathryn Stockett (author of The Help).
Mississippi is, without a doubt, one of the most influential places in the origins of the Delta blues. Music lovers can follow the Mississippi Blues Trail to scores of sites – like Dockery Farms, where Charley Patton (1891-1934), one of the true pioneers of the blues, worked and gained notoriety – to get closer to the history of the genre. And naturally, there’s a stop in Elvis Presley’s hometown, Tupelo, where The King was first influenced by the blues.
When you go to Mississippi, the most important thing to bring with you is a big appetite. You’ll want to indulge in the Southern specialties all around you, from the seafood of the Gulf Coast to other favorites like fried green tomatoes, butter beans, hush puppies, Mississippi hot tamales, catfish, barbecue, coconut pie and more.