Spotlight: Mississippi


Mississippi is the birthplace of America's music, home of literary and artistic legends. The cradle of the civil rights movement, battleground of the civil war, land of catfish and tamales. It is paradise for adventurers and centre stage for round-the-clock entertainment and year-round play. Mississippi's fertile ground has given rise to incredible music, cuisine and culture made famous around the world as our artists and innovators spread their creativity far and wide. For travellers and tourists the invitation is always open and there's a place on every one of our front porches for you. Don't miss out on your next adventure in Mississippi.


At-A-Glance

Nickname:
The Magnolia State

Major airports:
Memphis International Airport (MEM)
Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International (JAN)
Gulfport-Biloxi International (GPT)

Weather:
Spring: -7°C to 20°C
Summer: 22°C to 33°C
Autumn: 18°C to 30°C
Winter: 2°C to 14°C

Timezone:
Central Time
(-6 hours GMT)

Region:
Southeast

Getting around

There are several ways one can experience Mississippi. Amtrak has four stops on its Chicago to New Orleans route and three stops on its New Orleans to New York route. Greyhound bus service also has numerous stops in Mississippi. Though, Mississippi is best explored by hire car as one can take advantage of the scenic routes and expanded itineraries.

New & Trending

The city of Meridian has opened the fully interactive Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience Museum in downtown. The museum showcases the overwhelming impact of Mississippi's creative legacy from Oprah Winfrey to William Faulkner. The engaging exhibits make this a destination for travellers of all ages.

In Jackson, stop by the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of History. The museums tell the stories of Mississippi's history through various perspectives. Stories of Mississippians like Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer and Vernon Dahmer—as well as those who travelled many miles to stand beside them, come what may, in the name of equal rights for all.

The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center will be undergoing an expansion this year to make room for Mr. King's automobiles, tour bus and other donated pieces. The museum is one of Mississippi's most visited sites and guests often make repeat trips to see it all.

Fun fact: Born in Greenville and raised in nearby Stoneville, Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets®, said that Leland was the 'birthplace of Kermit the Frog.'

Must see

The Elvis Presley birthplace, Tupelo: It is Mississippi's most visited attraction and everyone from super fans to the passer-by come to Tupelo and see where the superstar icon's story begins. You can visit the two-room house where Elvis was born, the church where he sang many Sundays and enjoy the beautiful grounds with walking paths.

Mississippi Blues Trail: One of the state's most popular and free exhibits has 200 completed markers. There are 184 in the state alone. Others are in locations around the US and beyond. The markers tell stories through words and images of bluesmen and women and how the places where they lived and the times in which they existed and continue to exist influenced their music. The sites run the gamut from city streets to cotton fields, train depots to cemeteries, and clubs to churches.

Mississippi's historic estates: A visit to Mississippi is not complete without touring one of our beautiful historic homes. Natchez boasts the most of these grand estates, but they can be found in Vicksburg, Meridian, Columbus, Rolling Fork and the Gulf Coast as well. Overnight in one for an authentic stay.

Greenwood, Leflore County: Tucked away in the Mississippi Delta is the town of Greenwood. You may have seen some of the town in the 2011 film, 'The Help.' Greenwood is home to the Viking Range Corporation that features a state-of-the-art cooking school. After a night of cooking, rest across the street at the exquisite Alluvian hotel.

Mississippi Gulf Coast: If gaming, shopping, and time in the sand is your preference, then the Mississippi Gulf Coast is where you will find plenty of options. Beyond gaming, our casinos feature A-list entertainers and relaxing spa experiences. Dine on delicious seafood dishes with fresh caught options every day. Visit the artistic towns Bay St. Louis and Ocean Springs and purchase some local pieces for home.

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Mississippi, visit:
www.VisitMississippi.org

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