Experience a Mississippi vacation in this lush state rich in heritage, culture, history, music, nightlife, beaches, and people.
It is home to literary talents such as Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, and John Grisham. Its Blues Trail marks the life of great Blues musicians BB King, Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, Muddy Waters, and James Cotton. Mississippi is the birthplace to Elvis, Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Buffet, James Earl Jones, Faith Hill, and Sela Ward, and home to Morgan Freeman and Kermit the Frog.
Mississippi's history was at the center of the American Civil War of the 1860s and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Mississippi's agriculture produces everything from catfish to cotton, timber to sweet potatoes, and many other things in between. There are several cultural events planned throughout the year from antebellum home pilgrimages to hot air balloon races and blues festivals to Civil War re-enactments. Mississippi also boasts some of the greatest culinary experiences of the South. Yet the real trademark of Mississippi is the hospitality of its people and the warmth you will experience as you are welcomed throughout the state. Whether you are here to immerse yourself in your passion or just to explore, Mississippi offers an experience you will not soon forget.
Day Trips/Driving Tours
Since Jackson is located in the center of the state, you can drive to most tourist spots in a couple of hours. To the northeast in Tupelo, MS is the home of Elvis Presley and the Elvis Presley Museum. In nearby Oxford, home of 'Ole Miss (University of Mississippi), is Square Books. This is a great bookstore, located on the village square, offering wonderful literary works by Mississippi authors. Memphis, home of Graceland, is just three hours due north on I-55. Driving south on I-55, you will pass through Kosciusko, MS, birthplace of celebrity Oprah Winfrey. To the northwest in Indianola, MS is the home of the BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. It is located on the Mississippi Blues Trail, marking the significant contributions of artists who have impacted the development of the Blues. In nearby Greenwood, MS is the home of Viking and the Viking Cooking School. Not far from Greenwood, in Leland, is the Jim Henson Museum, home of the Muppets. To the west of Jackson, just 35 minutes away, is the Vicksburg National Military Park. On the bluffs of the Mississippi River, the park commemorates significant battles of the Civil War. You may take a 40-minute driving tour with CD narration and/or get out along the way to view the many sites throughout the park. Vicksburg also offers unique antique shops on downtown Main Street. Vicksburg was also where Coca-Cola was first bottled. You may also view the river commerce of the mighty Mississippi from bluffs overlooking its majesty. To the Southwest, just two hours away is historic Natchez. Home to some of the most remarkable antebellum homes in the country, Natchez offers a real taste of historical southern living through its Natchez Pilgrimage Tours. The spring and autumn pilgrimage offers private tours into the antebellum homes with tour guides in period costume. Natchez can be reached through Vicksburg or directly on the scenic Natchez Trace. To the northwest, just 20 minutes away, is the Mississippi Petrified Forest in Flora, MS. Close by, in Belzoni, MS is the Catfish Capital of the World. A museum dedicated to the history and production of catfish is located here also. Two hours to the south is the Stennis Space Center in Slidell, MS. Close to Stennis is the home of the NASA lunar excursion module in Westonia, MS.
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