Mississippi, coming from several American Indian words meaning “Father of Waters”, is bordered by the legendary Mississippi River and is full of beauty, history and tradition, letting visitors relive the grandeur of the Old South. It’s also home to The Natchez Trace Parkway, a scenic highway which is over 8,000 years old. The state of Mississippi, tucked between Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee, with a small stretch of Gulf Coast to its south, is a great choice for those seeking a taste of the American Deep South.
The 'Magnolia State' has plenty of scenic beauty, and rich history, particularly associated with the Native American tribes that pre-dated European occupation and the battles of the American Civil War. The state also has more than its fair share of architectural treasures, particularly the huge concentration of magnificent antebellum mansions in Natchez.
Culturally the state has generated a wealth of talent, spawning such greats as Tennessee Williams, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Rodgers and B B King, not to mention the Blues, the music style that was born in the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. Mississippi’s literary town of Oxford was home to writer William Faulkner and suspense novelist John Grisham. Award-winning authors Richard Wright and Eudora Welty also used Mississippi as the base for their work and playwright Tennessee Williams and puppet master Jim Henson honed their creativity in the state.
A short drive from these attractions, there is the lure of the white sandy beaches of Biloxi and Gulfport down in the south. Here the lights are bright and the pace upbeat among pulsing casinos and clubs along the Gulf Coast.
The state's capital city of Jackson fills the needs of city slickers, while visitors yearning for the great outdoors have six national forests to choose from, offering opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, cycling and boating.
Golf in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region is increasingly considered among the nation’s best. Courses here include Fallen Oak (Tom Fazio), The Preserve (Jerry Pate), Shell Landing (Davis Love iii), Great Southern (Donald Ross), Grand Bear (Jack Nicklaus), The Bridges (Arnold Palmer) and many others.