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Mississippi

United States of America
Mississippi

Named for the wide, meandering river that flows along its western border, this state is steeped in history and folklore. 

Every schoolchild learns to spell MISS-ISS-IPPI. Now it’s time to live it.

Visit a variety of museums in Mississippi’s capital of Jackson. Treat the kids to hands-on creative play at the Mississippi Children’s Museum and aquarium views at the Mississippi Museum of Natural History. See diverse relics at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum, including a crop dusting section.

Follow the Natchez Trace Parkway, a buffalo trail from 8,000 years ago, from Natchez toward Nashville. Along the way see the history of fellow travelers: Native Americans, settlers, traders and missionaries. Tour antebellum houses in Natchez for a glimpse of Mississippi’s grand lifestyle before the Civil War.

At the small town of Port Gibson, visit the Grand Gulf Military Park to see relics from the Civil War. View the Mississippi River from the observation tower or drive or walk a short distance to arrive at the riverbank. Watch for commercial boat traffic or locals fishing from the shore.

Farther north along the Mississippi River, visit Vicksburg, a critical site during the Civil War. After the Confederacy used the Vicksburg Port to shut off river access, northerners held siege for more than 40 days until the southerners surrendered. Read about this important history at the Vicksburg National Military Park.

Elvis Presley, “the king of rock and roll,” was born in Tupelo in 1937. See his humble beginnings at the Elvis Birthplace and museum, where he demonstrated an interest in music before he went on to Nashville, Hollywood and music immortality. For live music that didn’t leave the state, visit some of the more than 150 spots along the Mississippi Blues Trail. Look for events and artifacts across the state that invented this southern version of the blues.

Mississippi offers beaches on its Gulf Coast shores and on the barrier islands just beyond. Spend a day on the white sands and then go to nearby Biloxi or Gulfport for dinner or gaming and entertainment at the casinos.

Popular cities in Mississippi

Biloxi
Biloxi
Known for Dining, Casino and Entertainment
This oceanfront city in Mississippi offers a wide choice of casinos, popular eco-tourism options and a touching memorial for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Reasons to visit

  • Hard Rock Casino Biloxi
  • Biloxi Beach
  • IP Casino
Jackson featuring street scenes, a city and an administrative building
Jackson
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
See the rich history behind the juke joints and blues bars in Mississippi’s City with Soul.

Reasons to visit

  • Jackson Convention Complex
  • Mississippi Museum of Art
  • Mississippi Children's Museum
Natchez featuring signage
Natchez
Known for Dining, River View and Tour
Natchez delights visitors with authentic Southern hospitality, historical destinations and a laid-back atmosphere.

Reasons to visit

  • Stanton Hall
  • Rosalie Mansion
Vicksburg showing a small town or village
Vicksburg
Known for Casino, Excursion and River View
With its accessible location along a bend of the Mississippi River, this town has important Civil War history and modern casinos, shopping, arts and dining.

Reasons to visit

  • Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum
Greenville
Greenville
Known for Casino, Excursion and River View
Trip time! Discover the casinos, live music and entertainment in Greenville.
Hattiesburg
Hattiesburg
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
This university city in Mississippi is a great destination to experience Southern hospitality alongside picturesque walking trails and lively festivals.