The Mid-South region of the US is located in the southern central area of the country. The states of Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi offer classic southern food, world-class country music, diving spots, unique wildlife, and much more.
While St. Louis isn’t the state capital, it’s one of the most exciting cities in Missouri. Chill out in the five-square-kilometer City Park or the gorgeous Missouri Botanical Garden, with rose gardens and tropical plants.
|The Missouri Botanical Garden features rose gardens and tropical plants.
After dark, visit the 190-meter-high viewing platform of the Gateway Arch before heading to a nightclub. You’ll have plenty to choose from, as St. Louis was voted the best US city for nightlife by Apartmentguide in 2019!
Missouri’s main natural attraction is the Lake of the Ozarks. The multiple lakes offer sandy beaches, quality fishing, and fantastic swimming, while the surrounding areas host challenging hiking routes down to deep caverns.
|The Lake of the Ozarks is a must-see in Missouri.|
If you’re visiting Arkansas during the summer, enjoy the natural healing springs in Hot Springs National Park or kayak and canoe along the Buffalo River. If you’re feeling lucky, check out the Crater of Diamonds State Park, the only natural source of diamonds in the US. Anything you find there is yours to keep!
|Little Rock is the capital city of Arkansas.
The state capital, Little Rock, became famous for its role in the Civil Rights Movement. Learn about the city’s history at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, head to the nearby River Market District for shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, or take a relaxing stroll in the Riverfront Park.
Let loose in one of the six distilleries along Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail or in the large selection of bars in the Downtown district. Cure your hangover in Cherokee Park, an urban oasis with fountains, colorful plants, and a tranquil bird sanctuary.
|Louisville is home to six distilleries and many bars.
The Daniel Boone National Forest occupies 21 of Kentucky’s counties. You’ll find a mix of terrain, including sandstone cliffs, gorges, rivers, and streams, which are best-explored along the park’s marked trails. It’s also worth visiting the Mammoth Cave National Park. With roughly 650 kilometers of deep passages, this is one of the world’s largest cave systems!
Nashville is home to the best country music in the US, so don’t miss a live concert in world-famous venues like the Grand Ole Opry and Bluebird Café.
|Nashville is home to the best country music in the US.
Afterwards, take to Broadway for tons of clubs, bars, and restaurants, or chill out in Centennial Park, where you’ll find ponds, hiking trails, and scenic bike paths.
Adrenaline junkies should head to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 2,250 kilometers of challenging hiking routes and quality ski trails.
|The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers challenging hiking routes and quality ski trails.
Mud Island, meanwhile, offers tranquil walks along the Mud Island Riverwalk, while Lost Sea is home to a huge cavern system with the largest underwater lake in the US.
Visit the state capital of Baton Rouge for history lessons at the Old State Capitol, culture at the Shaw Center for the Arts, and family fun at the Blue Bayou waterpark and Dixie Landin’ theme park. The city of New Orleans is also a must-see while in Louisiana. The French Quarter offers amazing creole food and architecture, while the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood is full of jazz bars and nightclubs.
|New Orleans' French Quarter offers amazing creole food and architecture.
Don’t leave the state without visiting its swamps. On Honey Island, for example, you can get up close to alligators, otters, herons, and more. Alternatively, visit Grand Isle for well-maintained beaches and the chance to diving among nearly 300 species of fish.
|Visit Grand Isle for beaches and diving spots.|
Jackson hosts lots of fascinating museums; for example, in the State Capitol or at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, which has its own aquarium. While Midtown offers a vibrant art scene, Downtown is the best area for bars, breweries, and nightclubs.
|Jackson is the capital city of Mississippi.
Escape the hustle and bustle at Gulf Islands National Seashore, which stretches into Florida. With white sandy beaches, hiking trails through dense forests, and quality snorkeling, this area is a true oasis. It’s also worth visiting the Natchez Trace Parkway to follow the 715-kilometer stretch used by Native Americans. En route, you’ll pass prehistoric mounds, archaeological sites, and breathtaking lookouts.
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The Mid-South region of the US is located in the southern central area of the country.