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Situated in the Jackson metropolitan area, the city of Clinton lies close to the border with Louisiana, in the heart of America’s Deep South. Near to both the Bienville National Forest and Homochitto National Forest, as well as the Mississippi river that snakes across the state border, Clinton is well positioned for exploring a range of Mississippi’s outstanding natural landscapes.
With a hire car, you can easily explore beyond Clinton to destinations such as Meridian (an hour and a half’s drive), home to the elaborate MSU Riley Center, also known as the Grand Opera House, where a whole host of live music performances take place throughout the year.
Fly into Jackson-Evers International Airport and from there it’s an easy half-hour drive into the centre of Clinton.
Your hire car can also help you to venture to the city of Hattiesburg (just under a two-hour drive), where the Hattiesburg Zoo is a fun attraction, as well as the Paul B. Johnson State Park, located on the shores of Geiger Lake. The 225 acres of water are stocked with everything from largemouth bass to channel catfish, making it a popular destination with fishing fans.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Clinton to suit every budget and requirement, from Alamo and Dollar to National and Thrifty.
Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi, is just a 20-minute drive from Clinton in your hire car, where you will be spoilt for choice for things to do, from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, to Jackson Zoo and the historic Old Mississippi State Capitol building. The Children’s Museum is also a popular choice, with a host of interactive exhibits exploring the arts, history, health and science.
Meanwhile, Columbus is two and a half-hour’s drive, where you can visit the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams, who made history with plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Baton Rouge is also just under three hours’ drive, across the state border into Louisiana where the Old Louisiana State Capitol boasts a spectacular stained glass dome that draws visitors from miles around.
Driving in Clinton, like much of America, is largely straightforward, with wide lanes and simple road layouts. Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road and you can overtake on both sides. You can also perform a U-turn at the end of most junctions – it will be marked if you are not allowed to do so. Most American cars are automatic, so remember to request a stick shift if you would prefer one.
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