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Welcome to Mississippi

Sharing its name with America's most famous and storied river, the state of Mississippi represents the South in many people's minds. It's the birthplace of Elvis, B.B. King and Tennessee Williams.

Begin your exploration of Mississippi in the Hills Region. The northeastern part of the state includes the western tip of the Appalachians and numerous man-made lakes and waterways. Some of the key battles of the early years of the Civil War were fought at Corinth, Holly Springs and Brice's Crossroads.

Ready to rock? Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo in 1935 in a tiny two-room wood-frame structure that has been restored and furnished the way it was when the Presley family lived there. In Holly Springs, visit a shrine to the "King of Rock and Roll," also called Graceland Too and enjoy the spectacular architecture of the many antebellum homes.

Travel the Natchez Trace Parkway by RV and enjoy the green forests of oak trees that shade the route. Travel back into history from the northeastern corner of Mississippi all the way to Natchez.

Writer William Faulkner was born in New Albany and moved to Oxford, where he wrote the novels set in his fictional Yoknapatawpha County.

Pines Region
East-central Mississippi consists of rolling countryside covered with hardwoods. The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and a system of locks and dams mark the eastern side of the Pines Region while the Natchez Trace Parkway traverses the western side.

The region's largest city, Meridian, has musical roots that bring visitors to town, as home to "The Father of Country Music" Jimmie Rodgers, as well as Peavey Electronics, a recognized pioneer in musical instrument manufacturing.

The city of Aberdeen is the epitome of a Southern town. Once a thriving cotton port before the Civil War, the city's past is reflected through its magnificent Southern homes architecture. The Magnolias, built in 1850, is one example. Take an architectural driving tour and view over 50 homes that represent Southern architecture from 1800s to early 1900s.

Delta Region
The Delta Region is a land of fertile flatlands, where cotton and catfish reign and where blues music was born.

Numerous casinos in Tunica offer everything from gambling and dining to live entertainment and shopping.

An astonishing number of creative artists lived here including B.B King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Furry Lewis, Big Bill Broonzy, and Charley Patton plus writers Shelby Foote, Willie Morris, Walker Percy and Muppets creator Jim Henson. As the "Birthplace of the Blues,"

Country music also benefitted from the bountiful harvest in the region, as home to Charley Pride and Conway Twitty.

Explore the Blues Trail to Greenwood for historic sites such as the radio station where listeners heard B.B. King for the very first time.

Capital River Region
The Capital River Region includes Jackson, Vicksburg, Natchez and Port Gibson. Visit the historic state capitol and plantation homes, which survived the Civil War. With its beginnings in 1811, Vicks¬burg is strategically situated on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. There are an¬tebellum homes, museums and riverfront casinos to visit, but the jewel of Vicksburg is its National Military Park commemorating the 47-day Siege of Vicksburg, the defining battle in the Civil War.

The modern capital of Jackson is minutes from the Ross Barnett Reservoir with excellent boating and fishing.

This region's musical legacy is diverse. The most celebrated country music star is Faith Hill. Rock and roll owes a debt of gratitude to Bo Diddley who played a key role in transitioning from the blues to rock. And Vicksburg contributed to blues and jazz heritage, as home of Willie Dixon and jazz piano legend Hank Jones.

Coastal Region
Located in the southeastern corner of the state, the Coastal Region includes the historic districts of Hattiesburg and Laurel, the Gulf Coast cities of Biloxi and Gulfport, and the seaside towns of Ocean Springs, Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis.

Combining 300 years of French and Spanish history, this region includes deep-sea fishing, waterfront casino resorts, seafood restaurants, award-winning golf courses, backwater bayous, quaint little towns and miles of white sand beaches. No trip to the Gulf Coast would be complete without a trip to the beach, so park the RV and spend time basking in the sun. Sugar sand beaches stretch for 26 miles.

Wild and unspoiled, the Gulf Islands National Seashore consists of several small islands strung along the Gulf Coast from Gulfport to Pascagoula.

The Coastal Region is packed with numerous things for the RVer to experience including the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs and the John C. Stennis Space Center in Stennis.