Getting there

US Airways (0845 600 3300; www.usairways.com) flies from Gatwick to Jackson via Charlotte. Delta (0845 600 0950; www.delta.com) flies from Heathrow via Atlanta. To reduce environmental impact, you can buy an "offset" through Abta's Reduce my Footprint initiative (020-7637 2444; www.reducemyfootprint.travel).

Staying there

Blues lovers can stay at the Poindexter Park Inn, 803 Deer Park, Jackson (001 601 944 1392), a beautiful B&B in a historic house full of blues memorabilia. Doubles start at $69 (£36), with breakfast.

Visiting there

Peaches Café, 327 North Farish Street, Jackson (001 601 354 9267).

Alamo Theater, 333 North Farish Street, Jackson (001 601 352 3365).

Blue Front Café, 107 E Railroad Avenue, Bentonia (001 662 755 2278).

More information

www.visitjackson.com; 001 601 960 1891

www.visitmississippi.org; 001 601 359 3297






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