Antebellum grandeur, soulful musical history, and southern hospitality are all cornerstones of a Mississippi luxury holiday. Its northern counties are a lush natural landscape of state parks; head south for the casinos and coastal charm of Biloxi and Gulfport. Firmly rooted in the Deep South, Mississippi is awash with dozens of plantation homes, many of them located in the city of Natchez and listed as National Historic Landmarks.

These architectural masterpieces are stunning, but often they came at a cost. Mississippi history is rife with displaced Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes, cotton plantations worked by African American slaves, and Civil War battlefields. Your Ker & Downey guide helps you understand these places, deftly navigating their uneasy history to reveal the culture that emerged from the turmoil.

Perhaps Mississippi’s greatest global export is its music. Influenced and inspired by the songs sung in cotton fields, the stylings of gospel worshipers, and the spunk of street-corner performers, the Delta Blues were born in the “juke joints” of Mississippi. Some of the greats in Blues music were born here too, including John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King.

The Mississippi Blues Trail is a statewide network of performance spaces, secret clubs, homes, and other sites important to the innovators of the Delta Blues. Explore this trail with your Ker & Downey guide and visit the “Crossroads of the Blues” in Clarksdale, the first studio to broadcast Blues music in Helena, and the birthplaces of Blues legends. Along the trail in Indianola you’ll find the B.B. King Museum, an interactive experience dedicated to the legendary musician and his legacy.

A Mississippi luxury holiday pairs perfectly with a historic and lively visit to Louisiana. With Ker & Downey, the music, spirit, and soul of the United States Gulf Coast is waiting for you. Plan your luxury travel through Mississippi and across the whole country with the Ker & Downey luxury travel consultants.