The great American river that gives Mississippi its name also defines practically every other aspect of the state's economic life, including tourism. Mississippi offers riverboat gambling, attractive beaches, and picturesque ports like Biloxi, Gulfport, and Natchez. Civil War battlefields like Vicksburg and the Corinth Unit of Shiloh National Military Park are a somber reminder of America's divisive past and a promise made to our united future. In Tupelo, music fans can visit the house where Elvis Presley was born. Mississippi hotel packages are available to make sure you get a great night's rest before you see the sights.
The action in the fast-paced casinos of Biloxi on Mississippi's Gulf Coast rival anything that Las Vegas has to offer. When you get tired of drawing on an inside straight, the calm coastal waters are a great place for jet skiing or embarking upon a deep-sea fishing expedition. A ferry runs from near neighbor Gulfport to the barrier islands that form the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Explore the marshes, tidal pools, and magnificent, empty beaches. Camping is even allowed in some designated areas. For those who prefer to sleep under a roof, there are plenty of comfortable Mississippi hotels in the area.
The quaint town of Natchez, high up on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi, has the densest concentration of antebellum homes anywhere in the United States. Over 1,000 of them are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Founded as a French trading post in 1716, the town was one of the first settlements in the lower Mississippi River Valley. In this part of the state, it can be difficult to track down cheap hotel deals in Mississippi on the fly, so make reservations in advance.
Jackson, the state's capital, was the Confederacy's strategic center for manufacturing and distribution during the Civil War. Today, the city is famous for its rich Blues heritage, particularly in the back rooms of clubs along Farish Street, and for the Smith Robertson Museum that documents the struggles of African Americans in the U.S.
Oxford, Mississippi, was named after the famous British university town in an effort to have the state university built there. The effort succeeded; the University of Mississippi opened in Oxford in 1848. Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner lived in Oxford all his life. Faulkner's home Rowan Oak is open to the public. Contemporary bestselling author John Gresham also maintains a home there.
Mississippi's tourism infrastructure is underdeveloped compared to that in adjacent states like Louisiana, so finding great hotels in Mississippi can be a challenge. Expedia simplifies the process by offering users access to a database of top Mississippi hotel deals, which other users have vetted. Simply log on to find the best rooms at special discount rates, and then make your reservations. You'll be amazed at the low prices and the money you can save on a cheap Mississippi hotel deal when you book through Expedia.
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