Mississippi is a great place to visit, if your like me the first thing you think about is the Mississippi River.
But it’s no wonder, Mississippi’s name is derived from the Mississippi River, after the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi.
The state of Mississippi western boundary is largely defined by the Mississippi River.
Mississippi is almost entirely within the Gulf coastal plain, and generally consists of lowland plains and low hills.
Jackson is both the state’s capital and largest city. One of the interesting sites in Jackson is the former state capitol building it was used as the State House from 1839 through 1903, when the present capitol building was opened.
Mississippi is known for its music and literature, it has been called the Birth Place of The Blues.
Musicians of the state’s Delta region were historically significant to the development of the blues.
The USA International Ballet Competition, which is held every four years, takes place in Jackson.
A census showed that in 2010, 37.3% of Mississippi’s population was African American, the highest percentage for any state.
The Mississippi River is not the only river in it’s state, there is the Big Black River, the Pearl River, the Yazoo River, the Pascagoula River, and the Tombigbee River.
Mississippi if one thing is green, it has over 3000 species of plants, more than 420 species of birds, and approximately 204 fish species.
Biloxi is a Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its casinos.
Biloxi Lighthouse stands next to Biloxi Beach on the Mississippi Sound.
The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum offers exhibits on boat-building and seafood-processing.
The Beauvoir estate and Jefferson Davis Presidential Library explore the life of the Confederate leader.
The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies research and rehabilitation center, is one of the only dolphin rescue facilities on the gulf coast, and cares for a variety of marine mammals.
It has a discovery room with a pool that allow visitors to interact with sea stars, stingrays, sharks, and other marine life.
Address: 3671, 10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulf-port, Mississippi
Official site: www.imms.org
The Beauvoir estate was built in 1852 and became the home of president, Jefferson Davis, in 1877.
It remained in the family until 1903, when Davis’ widow sold the property to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
As part of the sale, the organization agreed to use the property as a free home for confederate veterans (1903-1957).
Since 1957 the property remains a memorial to confederate soldiers and Jefferson Davis.
The estate is home to the Confederate Presidential Library and Museum.
The museum has President Davis belongings, items from the veterans home, and artifacts from the Civil War.
Visitors may tour the large estate, which includes the home, guest cottages, and the Memorial Cemetery.
Address: 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Mississippi
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn about the natural world with exhibits of Mississippi’s wildlife, sealife (aquarium with over 200 species), and its extensive fossil collection.
Location: Off Lakeland Drive at Interstate 55 in Northeast Jackson, Mississippi within LeFleur’s Bluff State Park
Official site: www.mdwfp.com/museum
Elvis Presley Birth Home
On January 8, 1935, Elvis Presley was born in a two-room house that was built by his father in Tupelo, Mississippi.
The home has been preserved and is open for fans to see it as it was during his childhood, complete with period furnishings.
Address: 306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, Mississippi
Official site: www.elvispresleybirthplace.com
Rock & Blues Heritage Museum
The Rock & Blues Heritage Museum in Clarksdale has a wide variety of music memorabilia from 1905 through the 1970’s, with a focus on the evolution of Blues and Rock n’ Roll.
One of the most impressive aspects is the museum’s collection of original records, dating back to a 1905 Edison phonograph and cylinders and several examples of 1920’s 78 rpm acetate records.
Here, you can also find what is considered the world’s first rock ‘n’ roll record, Ike Turner’s Rocket 78, which was recorded in Clarksdale. Other original vinyls include the 1956 Shake, Rattle and Roll and Rock Around the Clock.
The museum also has several guitars autographed by music legends like Chuck Berry, B.B. King, the Doors’ Rob Krieger, and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
Other memorabilia includes interesting artifacts, like The Who’s contract to play Woodstock and ticket stubs form the concert, Beach Boys stage props, and original sheet music.
There is also an exclusive “British Invasion” exhibit, which features Beatles memorabilia and rare items, like John Lennon’s Dutch “Bag One” lithographs.
Address: 113 East 2nd Street, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Official site: www.blues2rock.com
Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway follows a route once used by Native Americans, stretching for 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi through Alabama to Nashville, Tennessee.
It is a popular scenic route for sightseeing, with plenty of things to do and see along the way.
Among the most popular tourist attractions are numerous prehistoric mounds and archaeological sites, scenic lookouts, and historic points of interest like the Tupelo and Brices Cross Roads battlefields.
The Parkway is also a designated bicycle route with incredible views and photo opportunities.
Official site: http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm
Old Courthouse Museum
The Old Courthouse Museum is a registered National Historic Landmark operated by the Vicksburg and Warren County Historical Society.
The courthouse was build in 1858 by slave labor. The museum exhibits Civil War artifacts, flags, clothing, household items, and furniture.
Address: 1008 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Official site: http://oldcourthouse.org/
Mississippi Petrified Forest
The Mississippi Petrified Forest is a enormous massive forest, slowly turning to stone with time. It has a nature trails to explore the evolution of plants and fossils over time.
Official site: www.mspetrifiedforest.com
Some of the famous people born in Mississippi are Elvis Presley, BB King, Gerald McRaney, Shepard Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Sela Ward, and James Earl Jones.
There is so much more to talk about and explore about Mississippi than what we covered here.
I don't know about you, but I want to soak my feet in the Mississippi River, and get in-touch with nature, and head down the river in a boat.
Never mind me, you go on and have a safe and pleasant vacation. Don't forget your safety tips: Wear casual clothes - Blend in
If you put your wallet in your pants back pockets - insert it - the wide way in - its harder to pull out. Even for you.
Eat right - try the local dishes that include fruits and/or vegetables. You don't have to do it everyday - two out of three. Ok, three out of four and you can throw in some sweets.
Last but not least - if you have a large bag - must take stuff - make sure you have a long strap - and place it across your chest. If the strap is resting on top of your left shoulder - the bag should be resting on the right side of your waist.