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Places to Visit in Mississippi

Updated on April 15, 2017
The Magnolia is the state flower of Mississippi.
The Magnolia is the state flower of Mississippi. | Source

A little about Mississippi...

Mississippi is known as the Magnolia State because of its many beautiful Magnolia trees. The Magnolia blossom is the State Flower. In the Spring, the pink and white blooms from the azalea bushes brighten up the lawns of many of our state's residents. Perhaps you have never considered a vacation to this state in the Deep South, but along with it's beauty in flowers and trees, you will find there is a rich history in this state with many notable stops to hold your interest on a visit.

Jackson

This city is the capital of Mississippi. You can tour the historic capitol building which is actually patterned after the actual U. S. Capital building. Your children will appreciate a trip to the Jackson Zoo, Mississippi Children's Museum and Museum of Natural Science.

You can also visit the home of the Pulitzer Prize winning author Eudora Welty in Jackson where she lived from 1925 until her death. Her home is a National Historic Landmark open to the public as a museum.

The capitol building in Jackson, MS.
The capitol building in Jackson, MS. | Source

Natchez Trace Parkway

A scenic highway that spans 444 miles from Nashville, TN to Natchez, MS. There is a 50 mph speed limit and there are no stop signs or traffic lights. You can feel like you are in a different time and slower pace of life as there are no commercial buildings such as gas stations or restaurants right on the parkway.

Dunleith Plantation in Natchez, MS
Dunleith Plantation in Natchez, MS | Source

Natchez

Natchez is the oldest city along the Mississippi River. It is home to the many of the preserved antebellum homes in Mississippi. Natchez is a beautiful old town with many antique stores and old homes to explore.

October is a great time to visit because of the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race. This is an annual festival with live music and competitions for the hot air balloons that fill the skies.


Balloon festival in Natchez near Mississippi River Bridge
Balloon festival in Natchez near Mississippi River Bridge | Source

Port Gibson

Port Gibson is small town located between Vicksburg and Natchez.

A visit should include a trip to see the Ruins of Windsor which are the haunting remains of a old antebellum home. This home was the largest antebellum home in Mississippi. It actually survived the Civil War and Mark Twain is said to have stayed there. It is believed a careless cigarette or cigar of a party guest is to have set the fire in 1870. All that remains are the ghostly columns of this once beautiful mansion.

Also, driving through town you can see the unique First Presbyterian church with a gold hand at the tip of its steeple pointing toward heaven.

The Ruins of Windsor in Port Gibson, MS
The Ruins of Windsor in Port Gibson, MS | Source
First Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson, MS with gold finger that points to heaven.
First Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson, MS with gold finger that points to heaven. | Source

Vicksburg

Vicksburg is the location of a Civil War Battleground. History buffs may enjoy a visit to the National Military Park to learn many interesting facts about Civil War history and the battle and siege in Vicksburg.

Also, visit the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, the old candy store where Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1894! You can view Coca-Cola Memorabilia, have ice cream, buy a variety of Coca-Cola related souvenirs and drink a Coke, of course!

Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum
Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum | Source
Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg National Military Park | Source
The 2-room house that was the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
The 2-room house that was the birthplace of Elvis Presley. | Source

Tupelo

Tupelo is most known for being the birthplace of Elvis Presley and where he lived the first 13 years of his life. You can visit the birthplace and museum and take the tour of the small 2-room house where he was born. The are various other notable points of interest for the Elvis fan in Tupelo.

For the kids, the Buffalo Park and Zoo is a family attraction to check out!

Dolphin show at a trip to the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies.
Dolphin show at a trip to the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies. | Source

Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast of MS offers deep sea fishing, the Walter Anderson Art Musuem, and is popular for its casinos.

You may enjoy a visit to the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport where you can enjoy encounters with various sea creatures.

A unique stop is the Marine Sculpture Garden in Biloxi, MS. Tree trunks what were remaining from damaged trees during Hurricane Katrina were carved into art by a chainsaw artist.

Marine Sculpture Garden in Biloxi, MS.
Marine Sculpture Garden in Biloxi, MS. | Source
My kids posing with a sculpture in the Marine Sculpture Garden.
My kids posing with a sculpture in the Marine Sculpture Garden. | Source
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Deep Sea Fishing catch in the Gulf Coast waters of MS
Deep Sea Fishing catch in the Gulf Coast waters of MS | Source
The Dentzel Carousel in Highland Park in Meridian, MS.
The Dentzel Carousel in Highland Park in Meridian, MS. | Source

Meridian

Meridian is the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music. It offers the Jimmie Rodger's Museum and has a Festival in his honor annually.

Meridian also houses the Historic Dentzel Carousel which is a historic landmark. All around Meridian you can see replicas of unique carousel horses outside of businesses in honor of the carousel.

The Delta

The extremely rural area between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. In the middle of the Delta, in Greenwood, MS you will find a luxurious Alluvian Hotel and Spa that also hosts a Viking Cooking school.

Greenville, MS in the Delta area is also the home to the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival held annually.

Columbus

Columbus is the home to the Mississippi University for Women (known locally as the "W") which was attended by the notable Mississippi novelist Eudora Welty. Columbus is also the birthplace of the famous playwright Tennessee Williams. The house of his birth and first 3 years of his life is now the city's welcome center and open to the public.

Tailgating in The Grove at Ole Miss
Tailgating in The Grove at Ole Miss | Source
The Grove filled with tents for tailgating.
The Grove filled with tents for tailgating. | Source

Oxford

This small college town that is home to the University of Mississippi affectionately nicknamed Ole Miss. While many colleges have wonderful tailgating traditions, Ole Miss has made tailgating an art. It is worth a visit to The Grove of Ole Miss at a home football game to experience a taste of Southern charm and style mixed with football.

Oxford is also where you can visit the home of the writer, William Faulkner. Rowan Oak was the home to Faulkner and his family for more than 40 years.


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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the entertaining tour and the historical facts about Mississippi. Very good article. Vote Up and Shared.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Yes cpaldridge, Mississippi is my mom's birth and home state, you mentioned many cities and towns that I was familiar with. She was from Houlka, Miss. The first car I've ever driven was in that state. It has wonderful landmarks as you have shown. I love its greenery as well. Thank you for writing about great features in this great state.

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thank you MsDora!! I always appreciate you!!:)

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thank you word55! I have never been to Houlka, but will have to visit someday! I am so glad if my hub could bring you some good memories!:) Mississippi gets so much negative publicity for being on "bad" lists like "most obese state", etc that I want people to know there are lot of great things about MS too!:)

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      Trevor McCullum 2 years ago from Mississippi

      I was gonna write something about MS. I am from Raleigh, MS so I thank you.

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thanks Trevor! Glad to know another Mississippian on here! I will look forward to reading your hubs on MS and the south as well!:)

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I’ve never been to Mississippi, but have read about the gulf fishing,“Ole Miss” the Delta, Biloxi, and of course the historic Vicksburg. Tennessee Williams was my favorite playwright. I enjoyed your tour. There is much to see and do in this southern state. Thank you. :-)

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thank you, Genna! Hope you get to visit us one day!:)

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day. It's lovely. I used to live in Biloxi. In fact, the house I lived in was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. I've been back several times since then, and the town is recovering nicely. Your photos made me happy because it just keeps getting better. :)

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      mySuccess8 2 years ago

      This Hub has very well introduced Mississippi as rich in history and interesting places to visit, for someone who knows little about it. Congrats on HotD!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day for highlighting these neat places to visit in Mississippi. I would love to see the Marine Sculpture Garden in Biloxi.

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Iris Draak, thank you for you comment!! I am glad you have been able to go back and visit Biloxi! Hurricane Katrina was definitely a devastating time! As you say, they seem to be recovering very well now on the Coast. I am glad you enjoyed the photos:)

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thank you mySuccess8! Hope you get a chance to visit MS one day!:)

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thank you RTalloni! I think the Marine Sculpture Garden is very cool myself! It's a neat way to bring something good out of a bad time. Hope you get to visit one day!

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      Shamim Rajabali 2 years ago from Texas

      Enjoyed this article. We pass through Mississippi on our way to Atlanta, Georgia, from Texas, to visit my daughter who goes to school there. Its always late at night so we don't get to see the city.

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thanks sara0129, maybe you will get to take a leisurely drive through one trip to visit your daughter:)

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      June Campbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver

      EhT a great and thorough hub this is well deserving of HOTD

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thanks so much nightcats for your kind comment!!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a great hub! The information plus the gorgeous photos! I've though about writing something about places to visit in Arkansas. You've inspired me; I just may do it now!

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I love your intro photo. Did you paint that beautiful picture? This was an interesting article. I remember visiting the campus of Ole Miss back in the 1980s, and visiting Rowan Oak. Both the towns and the campus were truly beautiful.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 2 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Thank you for an interesting and well-constructed Hub! The beautiful drawing of Magnolia which you used to introduce this Hub is what drew me to read it. The rest of the photo used were good examples of your points of interest. Very well done!

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thank you so much Victoria Lynn!! I look forward to your hub on Arkansas! I haven't been to a lot of places in Arkansas but went to Hot Springs about 10 years ago and loved it!

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thank you for you comment Maria Montgomery! I did paint that picture back in the day before kids, after school activities, etc:) Thank you for your sweet compliment! I hope to get back to painting again one day soon!!

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thank you GeorgeneMBramlage! I appreciate your kind words and feedback!

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      Marie Lawrence 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you for creating this wonderful hub! Next time I'm in Mississippi, I will definitely put these places on my itinerary.

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Marie Lawrence, thank you for your comment! Hope the information helps!:)

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 2 years ago from Washington State

      Congrats on your HOTD. Love your photos. Have never been there, looks like a wonderful place. I like the idea of driving only 50 miles an hour along the Natchez Parkway with no stop signs or city life. Beautiful.

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thank you MJ Martin! The Natchez Trace is definitely a nice escape!

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      smallbizloandepot 2 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great HOTD, for me the favorite are the ruins. I saw the possible original sketch and would loved to have seen the actual building but a great piece of history.

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      Eileen 2 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Very informative article and beautiful photographs !

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thanks so much eilval!

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thank you smallbizloanddepot! I find the ruins intriguing as well! It is so sad to have lost that beautiful home and piece of history though!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, cpaldridge,

      Great read. I love Mississippi. I have either been to or stayed in: Tupelo, Columbus, Meridian, saw the Jimmy Rodgers caboose, Gulfport, Love Vicksburg; Natchez and the Trace . . .all of it.

      As for your hub, I will tell you the truth. I really love this hub.

      This is an excellent piece of writing. Amazing work. I loved the way you presented your topiic. Wonderful graphics.

      This piece was helpful, informative and very interesting.I was glad to vote Up and all of the choices.

      You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Christy Aldridge 2 years ago from MS

      Thank you so much Kenneth!! I very much appreciate the feedback and encouragement! I am always trying to learn more from the other great writers on Hubpages and improve! I look forward to reading your hubs, and it is always nice to meet another Southerner!:)

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