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Mississippi awaits with open arms, ready to surprise you with its unique blend of history, music, and Southern charm. Discover the magic of Mississippi.

About Mississippi

Mississippi offers visitors a wide variety of tourist attractions, including historic sites, scenic landscapes, cultural events, and plenty of outdoor activities.

Whether you're interested in exploring the state's rich history, enjoying its natural beauty, or experiencing its vibrant culture, Mississippi has something for everyone.

States neighbouring Mississippi: Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama.

Travel Map Mapping Mississippi

Map of Mississippi

Map of Mississippi

The state gets its name from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western border.

Also known as the Magnolia State, Mississippi has an abundance of magnolia flowers and trees in the state.

The state capital of Mississippi is Jackson.

Mississippi Overview

Mississippi is a state located in the southern region of the United States.

Mississippi is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the east, the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana to the south, and Arkansas to the west.

Capital and Largest City

The capital city of Mississippi is Jackson, which is also the largest city in the state.

Civil Rights Movement

Mississippi played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

The state faced significant challenges and resistance to racial integration and equality.

Events such as the murder of civil rights activists, including Medgar Evers, and the Freedom Summer campaign drew national attention to the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi.


Mississippi has a vibrant culture that is deeply rooted in its history and traditions.

It is known as the birthplace of blues music, and many influential musicians, such as B.B. King and Elvis Presley, originated from the state.

Mississippi also has a rich literary heritage, with notable authors like William Faulkner and Eudora Welty hailing from the region.


Mississippi's economy is diverse, with major industries including agriculture, manufacturing, and services.

The state is known for its production of cotton, soybeans, poultry, and catfish.

Manufacturing sectors such as automotive, aerospace, and furniture contribute to the state's economy.


Mississippi has several notable universities, including the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Mississippi State University, and Jackson State University.

These institutions contribute to the state's educational and research landscape.


Mississippi has a diverse landscape that includes coastal plains, river deltas, and rolling hills.

The state is known for its extensive forests, fertile farmlands, and numerous rivers.

The Mississippi River, one of the world's major waterways, forms the western border of the state.


Mississippi has a rich and complex history.

The area was inhabited by various Native American tribes before European exploration and colonisation.

The region came under French control in the 17th century and later became part of the British Empire before the United States acquired it in the early 19th century.

Mississippi played a significant role in the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.

Natural Beauty

Mississippi boasts diverse natural attractions, including the Gulf Islands National Seashore, the Mississippi River Delta, and various state parks.

These areas provide opportunities for outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing.


The tourism industry is also significant in Mississippi, with the Gulf Coast beaches and historical sites major attractions for visitors to the state.

Visiting Mississippi

Mississippi is a vibrant tourist destination in the southern United States with a rich history, unique culture, and natural beauty.

Whether you're interested in exploring historic landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or indulging in Southern cuisine, Mississippi offers a variety of experiences.

Cultural Festivals

Mississippi hosts a variety of cultural festivals throughout the year.

From the Natchez Spring and Fall Pilgrimages to the Delta Blues Festival in Greenville, these events showcase the state's unique heritage, music, and traditions.

Gulf Coast

Mississippi's Gulf Coast is a popular destination for beach lovers and offers a range of activities.

Visit Biloxi and enjoy its casinos, seafood restaurants, and beautiful beaches.

You can also explore the maritime history at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum.


Mississippi's capital city, Jackson, offers a mix of history, arts, and culinary experiences.

Visit the Mississippi State Capitol, explore the Mississippi Museum of Art, or enjoy live music and entertainment at the Fondren district.

Mississippi Delta

Known as the birthplace of the blues, the Mississippi Delta region is a must-visit for music enthusiasts.

Explore the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, visit the Crossroads where Robert Johnson allegedly made his deal with the devil, and experience authentic blues performances in various juke joints.


Start your journey in Natchez, a charming city known for its antebellum mansions, historic sites, and beautiful views of the Mississippi River.

Take a tour of the Natchez Trace Parkway, visit the Rosalie Mansion, or explore the historic downtown area.

Natchez Trace Parkway

This scenic byway stretches over 400 miles from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee.

Drive along the parkway, enjoy the beautiful landscapes, and make stops at various historical sites, hiking trails, and picnic areas.

Outdoor Activities

Mississippi is blessed with natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Explore the Mississippi River on a riverboat cruise, go fishing or boating in one of the many lakes, or hike and camp in the De Soto National Forest.


Home to the University of Mississippi, Oxford is a vibrant college town with a lively arts and culture scene.

Visit Rowan Oak, the former home of renowned author William Faulkner, and explore the town's charming Square filled with shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Southern Cuisine

Mississippi is known for its delicious Southern cuisine.

Indulge in classic dishes like fried catfish, shrimp and grits, crawfish étouffée, and mouthwatering barbecue.

Don't forget to try some traditional Mississippi favourites like fried green tomatoes and pecan pie.

Vicksburg National Military Park

Located in Vicksburg, this park commemorates the Civil War Battle of Vicksburg.

Explore the battlefield, visit the USS Cairo Museum, and learn about the significant role Vicksburg played in the war.


Native Americans of the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes originally occupied the Jackson area.

Map of Jackson

Map of Jackson, Mississippi

In 1863 the city was nicknamed Chimneyville after it was destroyed by Union troops under General William T. Sherman.

The recovery after the war was slow, until gas was discovered nearby in the 1930s.

Jackson is still a sleepy town today, although the population has swelled and there are many places of interest relating to its history, and a number of notable mansions to visit.

Located in Jackson, the Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) was established to 'ensure the integrity of the State of Mississippi and maintain the public confidence in the gaming industry'.


Visit Vicksburg

Vicksburg was considered a key in the American Civil War.

Vicksburg National Military Park

The Vicksburg National Military Park contains memorials, monuments, and restored markers showing the fortified battle lines of the Union and Confederate armies. Near the park is Vicksburg National Cemetery.

The battlefield at Vicksburg is in an excellent state of preservation. It includes 1,325 historic monuments and markers, 20 miles of reconstructed trenches and earthworks, a 16 mile tour road, antebellum home, 144 emplaced cannon, restored Union gunboat-USS Cairo, and the Vicksburg National Cemetery.

Embracing 116 acres, the Vicksburg National Cemetery is the final resting place of 17,000 Union Soldiers; a number unmatched by any other national cemetery.

Around Mississippi

Mississippi gets its name from the Mississippi River, meaning big river in Algonquian.

Mississippi is a humid state in the south, with the Mississippi River forming its western boundary with Louisiana and Arkansas.

Mississippi Tourism Association

The Mississippi Tourism Association is comprised of tourism professionals established to support and empower Mississippi’s tourism industry through advocacy and education.

Membership is open to those in the hospitality industry as well as public service organizations and allied businesses.

Mississippi Traffic Watch

Mississippi Traffic Watch is designed to provide real-time traffic information, to help the public get around Mississippi.

State of Mississippi

Let Missi help you find what you need on the State of Mississippi Citizen Portal; the official page for the government of Mississippi state.

Visit Mississippi

Mississippi is a state for wanderers at heart. Find inspiration to help you plan a Mississippi visit.

Vacation opportunities in Mississippi include casino gaming, world-class entertainment, resorts and spas, golf, hunting, fishing, camping, beaches, shistoric sites, and homely inns.

Mississippi Regions

Capital/River Region

From moss-draped trees to big city attractions, the Capital/River Region also features stately mansions, cannon-lined battlefields and rich southern history.

Coastal Region

The Coastal Region offers neon-filled nightlife, sparkling Gulf water and unspoiled forests.

Delta Region

Experience the legendary mystique of the Delta Region along with the exciting casinos of Tunica, Lula and Greenville. And, of course, there's the Blues.

Hills Region

The Hills Region is rich with wooded vistas and colourful history.

Pines Regions

With its diverse terrain and down-home fun, the Pines Region lets you get to know "the father of country music" at the Jimmie Rodgers Museum in Meridian.


Columbus is the perfect destination for anyone who appreciates classic Southern architecture, good food, a friendly atmosphere, or just a down-home way of living.

Historic Home Tours

Visit illustrious homes in the Columbus Historic district.


Before the Civil War, most of Mississippi's cotton millionaires built their estates around Natchez.

Natchez Pilgrimage Tours offer maps and information on the history behind the properties.

For an interesting drive through Civil War battle sites, take the Natchez Trace Parkway up from Natchez to Nashville, in Tennessee.

Visit Natchez

Combine all of the rich historical heritage with superb recreational, dining and lodging facilities and you have a truly unique experience; you have Natchez.

Money also flows into Natchez through the floating casinos.


On the old Natchez Trace, in north-eastern Mississippi, Tupelo is the July 1866 site of the Battle of Tupelo.

Tupelo is also the birthplace of Elvis Presley, and many of his fans still visit the museum and memorial chapel.


26 miles of imported white sand turned this Mississippi resort into America's Riviera, and one of the world's largest man-made beaches.

The marina has 31-slips and an Epie hardwood dock with observation decks and walking promenades. There is also a theatre on site with nationally recognised musicians and comedians.

Where to Stay in Biloxi

Beau Rivage Resort and Casino

Beau Rivage Resort and Casino

Beau Rivage Resort and Casino: 875 Beach Blvd. Biloxi, Mississippi.

Elegant rooms sport lush fabrics and draperies and original artwork, with Spanish and Grecian marble throughout spacious bathrooms.

The 32-story Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is a premier destination on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with sweeping views of the Mississippi Sound, MGM Park and historic downtown Biloxi.

IP Casino Resort Spa

IP Casino Resort Spa

IP Casino Resort Spa: 850 Bayview, Biloxi, Mississippi.

From the Coast’s only Vegas-style ultra lounge to the towering hotel with great water views, this hotel has it all.

The elegant IP Casino Resort Spa offers guests a choice of 1,088 brand new rooms and bathrooms, a full casino, five fine-dining restaurants, and three snack areas.

Hotels in Biloxi.


Gulfport, to the west of Biloxi, is somewhat quieter.

Together with its scientific collaborators, Gulfport's Institute for Marine Mammal Studies hopes to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of dolphins in the Mississippi Sound and adjacent waters of the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Mississippi Blues

The Blues Route

Blues legends such as Bessie Smith, W.C Handy, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker cruised into Memphis on US 61.


At the crossroads of US 61 and US 49, Clarksdale's Delta Blues Museum is a tribute to Muddy Waters and other blues greats.

Clarksdale also holds an annual blues festival during the first week of August.


Tunica, Mississippi is the gambling and casino capital of The South.

Some of the world's top names in casinos, offering rolling action 24 hours a day, make Tunica a gaming experience to enjoy.

If you like to win, you owe it to yourself to discover Tunica, Mississippi, just south of Memphis.

World-class casinos and Southern hospitality will surely win you over.

Golf in Mississippi

Mississippi has over 140 golf courses to choose from and the PGA Tour even stops in the state, for the Southern Farm Bureau Golf Classic.

Long before glitzy casinos dotted the Mississippi coastline and the golf boom produced brand-new, daily-fee treasures, there was a historic match that just might have caused folks in these parts to re-think the game of golf.

Mississippi Golf Association

Participants in Mississippi Golf Association State Championships need to have an established GHIN handicap.

Mississippi Travel Guides

Moon Nashville to New Orleans Road Trip: Natchez Trace Parkway, Memphis, Tupelo, Mississippi Blues Trail (Moon Handbooks) Mississippi off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)

Mississippi Travel Guides - Mississippi Maps.

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