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43 O MINNESOTA The North Star State

Explore Minnesota Tourism • 001 651 296 5029 • • Population: 5.2million • State Capital: Saint Paul • Largest City: Minneapolis • Local Time: CST – 6 hours behind the UK • Weather: Four distinct seasons • National/State Parks: 74 • International Gateways: Minneapolis - Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)

DAKOTA Indians called their pristine birthplace Mnisota Makace – ‘water that reflects the sky’ – in recognition of more than 10,000 inland lakes dotted across the state’s vast expanse. It is the northernmost in the continental US, most of its citizens live in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, a cultural mecca and home to the Mall of America and the annual state fair, which delights in serving all manner of food on a stick. Known for its wilderness and natural beauty, Minnesota is home to the International Wolf Centre, North American Bear Centre and National Eagle Centre, as well as the world’s largest lake – Lake Superior and you can even cross the Mississippi River at its source in Itasca State Park in just a few short strides! Rugged outdoor adventure, sophisticated arts and dining will

Canoeing in Minnesota MISSOURI The Show Me State

Missouri Division of Tourism • 08456 020 574 • • Population: 6,038,587 • State Capital: Jefferson City • Largest City: Kansas City • Local Time: CST - 6 hrs behind UK •Weather: Warm summers, snowy winters, mild springs and autumns. Temps from below 0°C (winter) to 32°C+ (summer). • Nat./State Pks: 97 • Int'l G'ways: St. Louis, Kansas City

draw you in as Minnesota is about the spirit of adventure.

premier paddle all

State secret Minnesota has the nation’s


destination – the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; and the only fresh water National Park – Voyageurs National Park.

Don't Miss Explore Minnesota’s 22 scenic byways by RV, car or

motorcycle including seven of them that are also official National Scenic Byways. MISSISSIPPI The Magnolia State

Mississippi Tourism • 01462 440787 • or visitmississippi. org • Population: 2,910,540 • State Capital/Largest City: Jackson • Local Time: – 6hrs behind the UK • Weather: Long, humid summers and mild winters. Moderate rainfall through the year • Beautiful State Parks • International Gateways: Memphis, Tennessee & New Orleans

BLUES and rock ‘n’ roll were born and bred in Mississippi, and did someone say Elvis? Travel along the historic Natchez Trace Parkway to the King’s Birthplace in Tupelo. You’ll be dancing

in by no time at Morgan

Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale or for the more adventurous drop

Merigold’s famed Po’

Monkeys to enjoy one of the last remaining authentic juke joints in the Mississippi Delta. If you like what you hear visit the B.B. King Museum &

Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, one of more than 180 stops along the Mississippi Blues Trail. From past to present, Mississippi

witnessed some of America’s most pivotal moments in

Southern tradition, history. Tour

Natchez’s pristine antebellum homes or visit Vicksburg National Military Park. True to

you’ll never be far from irresistible stories. For movie magic look for Yazoo City and Canton in My Dog Skip and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, while Oscar darling The Help was almost exclusively filmed in Greenwood. The Mississippi River comes home to the Delta, a lush, downright stunning

landscape with river on endless

outdoor opportunities and unparalleled wildlife. Go with the flow of the second-largest

earth in

Tunica’s RiverPark or why not try canoeing Ol’ Man River! More relaxation and entertainment

await on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, boasting 62 miles of sunny beaches as well as world-class golf courses, casinos and entertainment. Fine tune your swing on DeSoto County’s golf

State secret The Hot Tamale Trail winds its way through the Mississippi

region from Vicksburg to Tunica. So sit back, enjoy the view of the Delta horizon and follow the Hot Tamale

THERE are hundreds of places in Missouri with ties to famous folks. You can visit their hometowns and the many attractions devoted to people such as Mark Twain and outlaw Jesse James. Feeling adventurous? Traverse some 500 kilometres of Missouri when you explore the Mother Road on iconic Rt. 66. Another road trip, across Highway 36 in northern Missouri, will bring you to cities associated with Mark Twain, Walt Disney, JC Penney, the home of Sliced Bread, Jesse James and the Pony Express. And no trip to St. Louis is complete without a visit to the Gateway Arch, rising 194 metres into the air. There’s no shortage of opportunities

to taste the state’s

wine, with more than 125 wineries. Ten

wine trails group

geographically so that you can visit one or a few at a time. Learn more

Memories if times past, the Pony Express them

about Missouri wine country at

State secret The Lake of the Ozarks has more kilometres


shoreline (1,851km) than the coast of California.

Don't Miss Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville is home to the

Budweiser Clydesdales’ state-of-the- art breeding farm. The behind-the- scenes tour allows guests to interact with breeders, handlers, mares, foals and stallions.

courses and after a jam-packed day of good ol’ Southern fun nothing quite beats heartily digging in for some real down-home cooking at one of the scrumptious barbeque joints, tamale stands or soul food restaurants. Y’all will be glad you did!

Morgan Freeman (courtesy of James Patterson) and the Gulf Coast

Trail to the South’s most authentic tamale shops.

Don't Miss Bridging the Blues, a series of blues events that are taking

place over several consecutive weeks in the fall months to discover the richness of the state's long blues tradition

around Delta region. the Mississippi



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