From quaint towns to sprawling national parks, find out why this southern state is a must-visit destination for all types of travelers.
National Mississippi Day is the perfect time to shine a spotlight on the diverse history, unique culture and natural beauty that position Mississippi as a gem in the heart of the South. Observed annually on November 30th, the occasion commemorates the day when the 20th state joined the United States. To celebrate, we curated a list of top activities and attractions that make the Magnolia State a must-visit destination.
Vicksburg National Military Park
Step back in time at National Military Park, where history comes alive among the well-preserved Civil War-era monuments and battlefields. Explore the museum, hike the trails and take in panoramic views of the Mississippi River while you learn about this pivotal moment in American history.
Natchez Trace Parkway
Hit the road for a leisurely drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway to witness the state’s stunning landscapes. Spanning more than 400 miles, this scenic route provides breathtaking views of lush vistas, passing through historic sites and charming communities along the way.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters and diverse wildlife make this national park a haven for relaxation and recreation. Whether you enjoy swimming, boating, birdwatching or simply relaxing by the shore, there are boundless outdoor activities to choose from at this coastal escape.
Vibrant Music Scene
Known as the birthplace of blues, immerse yourself in Mississippi's rich musical heritage and check out cool spots like the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. And, of course, don't pass up the chance to explore Tupelo, where the King of Rock 'n' Roll was born. Take a tour of Elvis Presley's humble home, wander through the museum and get a peek into the rockstar's down-to-earth beginnings.
No visit to Mississippi would be complete without experiencing the mighty Mississippi River. Opt for a riverboat cruise to soak in picturesque views, try your hand at fishing or kayaking for an active adventure or go for a lovely stroll along the riverbanks, making stops at various parks and historic towns.