Two 20th century cultural icons hail from the Pines Region of central Mississippi. Playwright Tennessee Williams comes from Columbus, and you can tour his Victorian birthplace (which also serves as the Welcome Center) while you’re there. Meridian immortalizes country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers with a Country Music Trail marker and a special exhibit in the all-encompassing Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience.

In this region, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians built the world-class Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, outside of Philadelphia in Neshoba County. This resort offers two large casino/hotel properties with a spa, upscale dining, a fun-filled water park and two of the nation’s highest rated golf courses.

Starkville, another city in the Pines Region, is home to Mississippi State University which was founded in 1878 and features a quaint downtown and the colorful Cotton District neighborhood.