There once was the confederacy consisting of the southern states of the U.S. Who fought against the union to remain sovereign. The more you travel into the Deep South, the more you can feel history.
The South along the Mississippi is truly unique and a place where you can see and feel the rich history of this young country. At the same time, it is a very poor state and this can be evidenced by the abandoned houses and remotely located communities in and around the states.
Natchez and Vicksburg is the place to be if you want to see how Americans lived back then and how the Unites States as we know it arose. The civil war battlefields in Vicksburg are very factual and interesting to see.
Then there is music. In 100 year times, music surely will be one of the most biggest and most important influences the US might have on the rest of the world. And the south is the true roots to modern music as we know it today. From blues to jazz, from country to rock and roll, all is rooted in the south.
One highlight no travel should miss along this route is the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, MS. Here, you can stay in shacks as the Americans did years ago and live the old southern way. The Shacks are very cosy and the owner surely was down to detail. I have never experienced a hotel so authentic. The shacks were gathered from abandoned farms around the city and renovated.