2021 Mississippi Visitors Guide
Mississippi is a classic state of the Deep South. The state capital, Jackson, is its largest city. In addition to the State Capitol building, Jackson is also home to many museums, such as the Mississippi Museum of Art, which contains the state’s largest art collection, and the National Agricultural Aviation Museum. The two major cities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast are Biloxi and Gulfport. This area is a Mecca for beach-lovers, gambling enthusiasts and fishermen. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico lap the shore while the lights of moored casinos, such as the Boomtown Casino in Biloxi, sparkle. Numerous fishing trips and charters are available in Biloxi and Gulfport year-round. The University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss as it is fondly nicknamed, is located in Oxford. Also situated in North Mississippi is the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo. Historic Vicksburg lies on the shores of the Mississippi River with many bed and breakfast inns and the Vicksburg National Military Park.
North Mississippi Visitors Guide
Northern Mississippi is bordered on three sides by Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama. The area is known for its historic sites, landmarks, and natural attractions. Examples of African and Native American culture throughout Mississippi show a legacy of enduring spirit in the state’s long civil rights battle. A marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail can be found at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Corinth’s importance in Civil War history is well documented at its interpretive center and the Crossroads Museum. The Corinth Contraband Camp is a refugee camp that once housed up to 6,000 escaped slaves seeking freedom in the state’s north behind Union lines in 1862. Battlegrounds remain scattered between lavish antebellum homes, the humble birthplace of Elvis Presley and William Faulkner’s former private residence. Visitors can try their luck at the bright casino resorts in Tunica or enjoy the area’s powerful natural beauty. Tunica’s RiverPark features a nature trail, river cruises and a 48-ft (15-m) river overlook and is also home to the Mississippi River Museum. Ideal day hikes or scenic drives wind through Greenville’s Cypress Preserve and the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Jackson, founded in 1821, was once a trading post named LeFleur’s Bluff after the French-Canadian trader, Louis LeFleur. Today, Mississippi’s capital city is growing in both population and cultural attractions. The new State Capitol building, a Beaux-Arts structure, was constructed between the years 1901 and 1903. It houses Legislative, Judicial and Executive levels of government. The old State Capitol building, although an attraction in itself, now houses the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History. The museum features exhibits that outline Jackson’s history, ranging from the colonial period through to the Civil Rights Movement. Other attractions in and around the area include the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, with a large collection of plants and animals, as well as the Mississippi Museum of Art, which boasts Mississippi’s largest art collection.
Biloxi & the Gulf Coast Visitors Guide
The Gulf Coast of Mississippi is popularly referred to as the Playground of the South. With all that Biloxi and the Gulf Coast have to offer, including a temperate year-round climate and 26 miles of white sandy beaches, there is no question about how the area earned its nickname. Recreational opportunities and adventures abound along the coast, ranging from skydiving to golfing, deep-sea fishing and dinner cruises. Gaming was legalized in Mississippi in 1990, allowing casinos to pop up all over the coast and become a large source of revenue for the area. Both Gulfport and Biloxi have many casinos to offer. The casinos have to be permanently moored on the water to meet state gambling laws that forbid casinos on land. The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi is dedicated to outlining the effect that the industry has had on the area. The Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport offers a Dolphin Interaction Program that allows participants to touch, feed and interact with the resident dolphins.
Tupelo, Mississippi, is an upbeat, happy city where people believe they can accomplish anything. Here, a young boy from the wrong side of the tracks got a $7.75 guitar and grew up to be a king. An unconquerable tribe called this place its homeland. A trail over 8,000 years in the making still beckons visitors to slow down and explore. In Tupelo, anything is possible.
Vicksburg, MS Visitors Guide
The Mississippi River has played an important role in the history of Vicksburg and continues to be an important draw for locals and visitors alike. During the Civil War, Union troops fought a protracted siege to wrest control of this strategic point from the Confederacy. The Union victory at Vicksburg became one of the turning points of the war and today visitors can explore the history of the battle at the Vicksburg National Military Park, which hosts over 1,300 monuments as well as the remains of an actual Civil War-era gunboat, the U.S.S. Cairo. Those looking to experience the Mississippi River for themselves can take a tour on a riverboat and view the public riverfront murals along the Yazoo Diversion Canal. After exploring the area attractions, Vicksburg is just minutes away from the great Mississippi outdoors, including camping, golfing and recreational activities.