A seasoned traveler in search of the best dining, unusual entertainment and eccentric flair knows to stray away from the well-worn trail.

Here's your guide to Mississippi's hidden gems.

HOW TO EXPLORE LIKE A LOCAL

If your idea of travel goes beyond visiting the shiny attractions, if your idea of dining doesn't include the phrase, "Please drive to the second window," and if you relish history about things older than your vehicle, this is the place to start. See the novel-inspiring homes. Taste the meals stocked from nearby family farms and spiced with generations of creative passion. Your adventure can wind through oxbow lakes, bottomland hardwood forests or thought-provoking galleries. Take a trip through the nostalgia of vintage stores and hear the unique sounds worthy of the label "The Birthplace of America's Music." It's all here in Mississippi, and this is where your journey begins.



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