Overlooked and underrated, Mississippi is what the American South is all about. The birthplace of the Blues, Elvis Presley and William Faulkner, Mississippi’s doesn’t need glitzy cities or urban bustle. Sink in to its slow way of life along rural backroads, tailor-made for road trips and rambles. Watch the cotton country pass, and stop in some more-than-notable Southern spots. History lovers make their way to the Civil War Park in Vicksburg, while die-hard fans pilgrimage to Elvis’ birth house in Tupelo. Music fans swing into the clubs of the Delta and Jackson, and to the Blues Museum in Clarksdale. You can stop in the local diner of any small town, and sink your teeth into the chicken-fried steak and biscuits that have fueled generations of farmers. Meanwhile, the intellectual haunts of university-town Oxford shatter Mississippi stereotypes, while the antebellum architecture of Natchez creates some seriously historic ambiance. Cruise the windy roads of the forested Natchez Trace Parkway, making sure to break for wild turkeys, and discover your own, starlit American South.