Take a Tour of Mississippi’s Unique Attractions
Experiece A Few of the Ways You Can Visit Mississippi
Since becoming a state in 1817, Mississippi has been central to shaping America’s arts and culture – from its deep musical roots and compelling literary heritage to its world-class culinary scene. In Mississippi, travelers can walk in the very footsteps of legendary musicians and literary giants. When it’s time to refuel, the Magnolia State serves up some of the finest cuisine in the world. Mississippi boasts plentiful outdoor excursions, breathtaking scenery and genuine southern hospitality – providing unparalleled experiences that create memories to last a lifetime. Here, visitors are always welcome, so start planning your journey today.
Tanglefoot Trail®, stretching 43.6 miles from New Albany to Houston, Mississippi, is the state’s longest Rails to Trails conversion trail. The paved hiker/biker pathway takes travelers through the Appalachian foothills and into the pristine landscape of the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. Wanderers are welcome to discover the hidden treasures located in the quaint, unique communities found along the path.
Few states can claim royalty, yet Mississippi claims none other than the King of Rock & Roll. Born in Tupelo, Elvis Presley began his rise to fame here, singing in the local church and picking up his first guitar from Tupelo Hardware. Visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace year-round to discover the King’s humble roots and the artistic legacy that would eventually rock the world and shape America’s music as we know it today.
While home to the University of Mississippi, Oxford also boasts a long legacy of literary icons, one of most well-known being Willam Faulkner who grew up in the charming city. Today, visitors can walk the gravel path through an alley of native cedar trees to his National Historic Landmark home, Rowan Oak. The outline for his novel A Fable is written in pencil on the wall of Faulkner’s Rowan Oak office.
In Greenwood, visitors can enjoy delectable Mississippi cuisine – prepared by their own hands – at the Viking Cooking School. Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or a master chef, cooks of all experience levels can participate in a full range of classes. From learning basic culinary techniques to the latest cooking trends, these group classes are an exciting way to indulge – and entertain – your culinary passions.
GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi is an educational entertainment experience that showcases the legacy of American music with an exciting combination of informative exhibitions, interactive displays and innovative programming. The museum, located in Cleveland, Mississippi, is the only GRAMMY Museum outside of Los Angeles. It provides visitors unique opportunities to experience the history of American music, with a significant focus on the Mississippi artists that have left their indelible mark on the music industry.
Blues fans should not miss the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, located in B.B.’s hometown of Indianola. Dedicated to showcasing the life and legacy of "The King of the Blues," this museum tells the story of the Delta and its place in American culture. Guests of all ages are welcome to explore interactive exhibits, rare artifacts and the rich history of a music legend.
The history of American art is rich with the contributions of legendary Mississippians. In Meridian, that legacy is fully explored at the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, also known as The Max. This state-of-the-art interactive museum features cutting-edge exibitions highlighting Mississippi’s creators, artists and entertainers who have contributed greatly to our country’s strong arts and entertainment culture.
In Columbus, Mississippi, visitors can explore the childhood home of Tennessee Williams, one of one of the most renowned playwrights of the twentieth century. Lauded for a string of successes, including A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Mississippi native began his life in this 1875 Victorian home that now serves as a welcome center for the City of Columbus. Guests are invited to enjoy guided tours and learn more about Williams and the city where he was born.
The full scope of Mississippi’s history, in all its complexity and triumphs, is on display at Two Mississippi Museums in the capital city of Jackson. From the earliest inhabitants of the land that would become America’s 20th state to the struggles many faced during the civil rights movement, these interconnected museums feature artifacts and interactive experiences designed to provide an inspiring view of one Mississippi with many stories.
The City of Natchez, located on the majestic Mississippi River, boasts over 1,000 structures, including many Greek Revival mansions, that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thanks to local preservation efforts, guests can enjoy a first-hand experice touring, and in some cases staying overnight, in many of these remarkable structures. Visitors will find no shortage of historical sites while exploring all that Natchez has to offer.
Vicksburg, Mississippi, “The Key to the South,” played a significant role in the American Civil War. Today, the Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates that history with more than 1,400 monuments and memorials dedicated to the events that took place on that very land. Additionally, visitors are welcome to explore even more of Vickburg’s rich history by visiting the city’s numerous museums, located within a four-block radius, which tell the larger story of this charming river city.
The Hattiesburg Zoo in Hattiesburg is a great place to hang out with friends - friends like Chewy, Mo and Maple, the zoo’s resident sloth family! Up to six guests are invited to help keepers prepare meals, feed the trio, and of course, enjoy an up-close-and-personal encounter with the sloths. After spending time with these remarkable animals, be sure to enjoy the other exhibits, like the Giraffe Barn and the Touch Africa Petting Zoo, that also make the Hattiesburg Zoo a must-visit Mississippi attraction.
Since 2016, the HGTV series Home Town has put Laurel, Mississippi, on the global stage and made household names of locals Erin and Ben Napier. Today, the Napiers’ efforts to beautify their charming community “one house at a time” have made their hometown and Laurel Mercantile Co. must-visit destinations for fans of the show. Visitors to Laurel are invited to experiece this remarkable community with self-guided tours that showcase all the amazing offerings found in “The City Beautiful.”
George Ohr, the pottery artist and the self-proclaimed "Mad Potter of Biloxi," is recognized as a precursor of the American Abstract-Expressionism movement. Today, a permanent collection of his work is on display at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in his hometown. The design of the museum is itself a creative architectural achievement that offers visitors a unified vision, both of Ohr’s work and of the artistic legacy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.