Mississippi

United States of America
East Biloxi which includes a house

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 Beach showing a sandy beach and general coastal views
Biloxi
Known for Casinos, Beach view and Family-friendly
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 which includes an administrative buidling, a city and street scenes
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 State Capitol
  • Mississippi Children's Museum
Jackson County
Ocean Springs
Known for Casinos, Beach view and Sea
Explore Ocean Springs: its beaches, casinos, food, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Ocean Springs Beach
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore Davis Bayou
  • Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Natchez featuring signage
Natchez
Known for Dining, Rivers and Historical
Natchez delights visitors with authentic Southern hospitality, historical destinations and a laid-back atmosphere.

Reasons to visit

  • Rosalie Mansion
  • Stanton Hall
Bayou View featuring a park
Gulfport
Known for Beach view, Casinos and Theaters
The second largest city in Mississippi benefits from a favorable climate and coastal location to offer first-rate beaches and memorable wildlife experiences.

Reasons to visit

  • Port of Gulfport
  • Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
Vicksburg showing a small town or village
Vicksburg
Known for Casinos, Historical and Rivers
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
  • Old Warren County Court House Museum