Mississippi

United States of America
East Biloxi which includes a house

The birthplace of the blues is a soulful and scenic land characterized by elegant towns, hearty cuisine and diverse, seldom-explored landscapes. 

Great artistic legacies have been created in the atmospheric state of Mississippi. The 20th state led to the towering careers of Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and Oprah Winfrey, while blues music was also born in this storied land. Discover what makes Mississippi so inspiring in its countless cultural attractions and mythic, wildlife-filled landscapes.

Enjoy the various cultural sights of Jackson, Mississippi’s capital and largest city. The Mississippi Children’s Museum, in a park setting along the Pearl River, is one of the most popular attractions in the state and offers interactive exhibits on the heritage and industry of the region. Explore the Mississippi Museum of Art, a welcoming space presenting a variety of sculptures, photographs and paintings.

Learn about Mississippi’s complex history in museums across the state. Places such as the Choctaw Museum celebrate the cultures of the American Indians who lived here prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century. Explore old school grounds in Jackson’s Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center and learn about the civil rights movement and the achievements and challenges of African Americans.

Go on a pilgrimage to some of Mississippi’s musical heritage sites. The Mississippi Blues Trail encompasses legendary venues and homes associated with the birth of the blues. Visit the B.B. King Birthplace, learn about musical history in the Delta Blues Museum and listen to live music at Hal and Mal’s.

Paddle along the waterways and bike down the trails of Mississippi’s beautiful landscapes. Bring your camera for shots of terns, skimmers and other birds along the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail. Kayak the Pascagoula River, also known as the “Singing River,” or paddle along Black Creek National Wild and Scenic Stream. This area is also popular with hikers tackling Black Creek Trail.

Fly into Biloxi or Jackson for routes into Mississippi from around the U.S. Visit the state in spring or fall, when the days aren’t as humid and hot, for pleasant exploration of the state’s many attractions.

Popular cities in Mississippi

Biloxi Beach showing a sandy beach and general coastal views
Biloxi
This oceanfront city in Mississippi offers a wide choice of casinos, popular eco-tourism options and a touching memorial for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Reasons to visit

  • Hard Rock Casino Biloxi
  • Biloxi Beach
  • IP Casino
Jackson which includes an administrative buidling, a city and street scenes
Jackson
See the rich history behind the juke joints and blues bars in Mississippi’s City with Soul.

Reasons to visit

  • Jackson Convention Complex
  • Mississippi State Capitol
  • Mississippi Children's Museum
Jackson County
Ocean Springs
Watch birds, catch fish, explore regional art and history or simply relax in this Mississippi city a short drive east of Biloxi.

Reasons to visit

  • Ocean Springs Beach
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore Davis Bayou
  • Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Natchez featuring signage
Natchez
Natchez delights visitors with authentic Southern hospitality, historical destinations and a laid-back atmosphere.

Reasons to visit

  • Stanton Hall
  • Rosalie Mansion
Vicksburg showing a small town or village
Vicksburg
With its accessible location along a bend of the Mississippi River, this town has important Civil War history and modern casinos, shopping, arts and dining.

Reasons to visit

  • Old Warren County Court House Museum
  • Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum
Bayou View featuring a park
Gulfport
The second largest city in Mississippi benefits from a favorable climate and coastal location to offer first-rate beaches and memorable wildlife experiences.

Reasons to visit

  • Port of Gulfport