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Charming southern hospitality, an envied rock 'n' roll history, and scorching sunshine combine to make Hattiesburg a unique vacation destination. The white sands and bobbing boats of Gulfport are just over an hour away - if a jaunt to the beach tickles your fancy – but you won't want to miss out on the lively atmosphere in downtown Hattiesburg's humming bars and cafés. You'll be staying in a city recognized as 1 of the birthplaces of rock 'n' roll - having been the venue for a famous Graves Brothers' recording session, back in 1936. Listen closely, and you'll detect a hint of Hattiesburg's own off-beat attitude reflected in the scratchy grooves of those pioneering recordings.

Things to see

Get your claws into the city's wildlife wonderland - Hattiesburg Zoo - to see Africa's big cats patrolling wide enclosures, crocodiles snapping their jaws around slabs of meat, and monkeys bouncing playfully up trees. Hop aboard the zoo's mini train to take a trundling tour across the globe, coming face to face with animals from every continent. There's more local wildlife waiting at Paul B. Johnson State Park, where you'll spot turtles swimming through the water, and get the chance to throw bread to the squawking ducks of Geiger Lake. Take a boat out for a spot of fishing, hike along the peaceful forest trails, or sit by the banks with a roaring campfire as the sun begins to sink. The city's location, near the sprawling Camp Shelby army base, means Hattiesburg has a long-standing association with the military. Visiting the Armed Forces Museum's exhibits will transport you into the muddy trenches of World War 1, give you an insight into the mindset of soldiers in the Pacific conflicts of World War 2, and help you to appreciate the sacrifices made by all army personnel over the years.

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Take the weight off your feet by reclining in a poolside chair, before feeling cool water flowing over your skin, while swimming a couple of lengths. Hattiesburg hotels provide a refreshing home from home, and you'll really appreciate the air conditioning, ice-cold minibar, and powerful shower in your room during Mississippi's baking summer months. Fill any free time watching cable television, using the free internet access, or swapping stories with other guests in the bar. Low cost motels in Hattiesburg won't damage your wallet, but they will offer you a quiet, comfortable night's sleep - with laundry services and hearty breakfasts available.

Where to stay

Downtown Hattiesburg is a lively place to stay, where you can mingle with friendly locals and students from the University of Southern Mississippi. Whether you'd like to absentmindedly browse specialty shops – looking at patterned ceramic bowls and hand painted canvases – or throw yourself into the annual Festival South – which sees the city's venues reverberating with slide guitar, foot stomping good times and the rock 'n' roll spirit that Hattiesburg inspired - there's always something going on. You could also choose to stay at nearby Laurel, where restaurants serve delicious smoky steaks, and sticky barbequed ribs - cooked so the meat falls right off the bone.

How to get to Hattiesburg

If you're already in the area, getting to Hattiesburg is as simple as hopping on Amtrak's Crescent train, and jumping off when you see signs for Hattiesburg Station. The daily service departs from New York - before terminating at New Orleans - and stops everywhere in between. The city also has its own airport - Hattiesburg Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport - which runs regular flights to Atlanta, and is about 20 minutes' drive from downtown.

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