Looking for an adventure that’s quintessentially Mississippi? A rare thrill that can only be found in one place in all the world? Find your fill right here and leave with a lifetime of memories.

PEDDLE DOWN THE PARKWAY.

The historic and oh-so-scenic NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY is packed with points of interest for cyclists and drivers alike. Along the way, be sure to see the PARKWAY VISITOR CENTER in Tupelo, the charming log-cabin scene known as FRENCH CAMP HISTORIC VILLAGE, the ghost town of ROCKY SPRINGS, and the old SUNKEN TRACE dating back to the early 1800s.

TAKE A PIECE OF MISSISSIPPI HOME.

Find one-of-a-kind mementos all over the state, from ASPEN BAY CANDLES created in Starkville to DEBUTANTE FARMER bloody mary mix made from homegrown tomatoes in Oxford to divine desserts and snacks at INDIANOLA PECAN HOUSE in Indianola. If it’s one-stop shopping you’re after, don’t miss the annual MISSISSIPPI MERCANTILE shopping event in Jackson, the twice-yearly CANTON FLEA MARKET in Canton, the year-round goodies at THE MISSISSIPPI GIFT COMPANY in Greenwood and CROOKED LETTER in Meridian.

GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING.

Car enthusiasts get revved up about our automotive attractions and events. The TUPELO AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM features more than 100 antique, classic and collectible cars, from an 1886 Benz to vehicles used in movies. Thousands of visitors attend CRUISIN’ THE COAST each fall, a multi-city showcase of antique, classic and hot rod vehicles featuring live music and regional food favorites on a 45-mile stretch along Highway 90. Fine classic automobiles and motorcycles from Europe are the stars at EURO FEST, which takes place in Ridgeland every fall.

BET ON A GOOD TIME.

Mississippi’s gaming resorts offer ample opportunities to get lucky. You can even place a legal wager on your favorite teams now that Mississippi is one of the only states outside of Nevada to offer SPORTS BETTING. The Coast is home to an array of resorts, from the BEAU RIVAGE’S poolside cabanas and upscale restaurants to the PALACE’S luxury amenities and HARRAH’S friendly and welcoming environment. PEARL RIVER RESORT in Choctaw offers two casinos in one location. In the Delta, win big at HORSESHOE TUNICA’S upscale poker room, or enjoy a massive collection of movie memorabilia at HOLLYWOOD CASINO TUNICA.

TAKE A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.

Natchez’s ST. MARY BASILICA, a Gothic Revival-style structure built in the 1840s with soaring painted ceilings and colorful carvings, is considered an architectural masterpiece and a religious landmark in the state’s oldest city.

 

LET US GIVE YOU GOOSEBUMPS.

Mystery surrounds many Mississippi locations where legend says ghosts may roam. The 1845-built DEASON HOME in Ellisville was once occupied by Confederate Army deserters who tried to start the Free State of Jones. KING’S TAVERN, Natchez’s oldest building, is believed to be home to multiple spirits, as is the 1797-built MCRAVEN HOUSE in Vicksburg and MONT HELENA, built atop a ceremonial Indian mound in Rolling Fork. But houses aren’t the only purportedly haunted places here: GLENWOOD CEMETERY in Yazoo City has long been a favorite spot for visitors seeking the legendary Witch of Yazoo, and legend says spirits still walk over STUCKEY’S BRIDGE near Meridian.

BRING BOOKS TO LIFE.

The homes of many Mississippi literary masters welcome visitors, from WILLIAM FAULKNER’S ROWAN OAK in Oxford to the EUDORA WELTY HOUSE in Jackson and the TENNESSEE WILLIAMS HOME in Columbus. Scores of other celebrated authors also hailed from here, including WILLIE MORRIS, now buried in Yazoo City’s GLENWOOD CEMETERY; JOHN GRISHAM, whose early writing materials are housed at MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY in Starkville; DONNA TARTT, who grew up in Greenwood; GREG ILES of Natchez; and SHELBY FOOTE, born in Greenville.

EXPLORE OUR COMPLEX HISTORY AND COMPELLING FUTURE.

Two state-of-the-art showplaces—the MUSEUM OF MISSISSIPPI HISTORY and the MISSISSIPPI CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM—come together in one location at Jackson’s 2 MISSISSIPPI MUSEUMS.

FIND YOUR OWN RAINBOW CONNECTION.

The beloved late Muppets® creator Jim Henson grew up in Leland, and the town is now home to a charming creekside museum highlighting the BIRTHPLACE OF KERMIT THE FROG and the Jim Henson Delta Boyhood exhibit.

TASTE A BIT OF HISTORY.

Columbus’ CATFISH ALLEY was a thriving African American business and cultural center in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, the area hosts CATFISH IN THE ALLEY®, an annual spring event that harks back to those days with delicious catfish dishes, live blues music and family fun.

SADDLE UP FOR THE MANE EVENT.

Watch thousands of talented equestrians from around the country compete during the GULF COAST WINTER CLASSICS, an award-winning six-week hunter/jumper horse show circuit in Gulfport.

GET ALL SHOOK UP.

Trace Elvis Presley’s trajectory from birth to stardom in Tupelo, where the ELVIS PRESLEY BIRTHPLACE & MUSEUM highlights the “King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s” earliest years. You can even visit TUPELO HARDWARE CO., the 90-year-old store where Gladys Presley bought Elvis his first guitar.

FUN FOR KIDS

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GO WAY, WAY BACK IN TIME.

Explore a landscape from 36 million years ago at the MISSISSIPPI PETRIFIED FOREST in Flora, which features a nature trail, Earth science museum, gem-mining flume and campground.

SEE WHERE COCA-COLA® WAS FIRST BOTTLED.

Set in a restored 1890s candy store in Vicksburg, the BIEDENHARN COCA-COLA MUSEUM tells the story of a local entrepreneur’s ingenious idea to sell Coke in bottles; finish your tour with Coke floats for the whole family.

GET YOUR GAME FACE ON.

The LEFLEUR MUSEUM DISTRICT in Jackson is home to a multitude of fun spots for families, including the MISSISSIPPI SPORTS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM, which celebrates the state’s long legacy of producing world-class athletes with interactive exhibits and play areas where kids can complete a game-winning pass or strike out a batter.

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RIDE A MAGICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND.

The Dentzel Carousel at Meridian’s HIGHLAND PARK was built in 1896 and features exquisite hand-carved animals and original oil paintings; a recent restoration ensured the carousel would remain a whimsical part of American history.

MAKE A MIGHTY SPLASH.

GEYSER FALLS WATER THEME PARK in Choctaw is the state’s top amusement park, according to TripAdvisor, and offers more than 23 acres of speed and tube slides, a lazy river, waterfalls, sandy beaches and more.

WATCH A WATER WONDER.

Take a hike through the Enterprise park that’s home to DUNN’S FALLS, a 65-foot waterfall once used as a power source for a gristmill. The historic gristmill is now open for tours, and the park is a natural wildlife refuge with swimming and picnic areas.

 

COASTAL

CLIMB TO THE TOP OF A LIGHTHOUSE LANDMARK.

Built in 1848, the BILOXI LIGHTHOUSE is the nation’s only lighthouse that stands in the middle of a four-lane highway; this hardy coastal structure survived Hurricane Katrina and is open for tours to the top.

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.

Have an up-close encounter with a cuddly sloth or simply say hello to nearly 100 animal species at the HATTIESBURG ZOO, which also features a mining sluice, an African animal petting zoo and an African drum station.

SEE A NEW SIDE OF THE SEASIDE.

The coastal region’s intimate connection with the Gulf of Mexico is on display at the MARITIME & SEAFOOD INDUSTRY MUSEUM in Biloxi. Explore exhibits on boat building and fishing or even go for a sail on one of the museum’s 65-foot replicas of an 1800s oyster schooner.

SPEND A DAY ON AN ISLAND.

Ship Island Excursions ferries visitors to the island occupied by FORT MASSACHUSETTS, which was built following the War of 1812. After touring the preserved brick fortification, relax on the island’s beaches or enjoy the excellent birding and hiking.

 

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FOLLOW YOUR ANIMAL INSTINCTS.

The TUPELO BUFFALO PARK & ZOO houses more than 260 animals rarely seen in this region, from bison and water buffalo to yaks and Burmese pythons. Take an open-air trolley tour or a guided trail ride on horseback through the 175-acre site.

UNIQUE LODGING

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SPEND THE NIGHT IN A SHARECROPPER SHACK.

From the SHACK UP INN in Clarksdale to TALLAHATCHIE FLATS in Greenwood, these authentic farm dwellings now play host to travelers in search of an old-school Delta experience. Both locations also offer live music in on-site taverns.

SLUMBER IN A ONE-OF-A-KIND SETTING.

BELMONT PLANTATION, established in 1857 in Greenville, is the last remaining antebellum mansion located along the Mississippi River in the Mississippi Delta. The restored 9,000-square-foot home plays host to overnight guests, wedding parties and luxury hunting and fishing expeditions.

FIND A BLUES-COUNTRY RETREAT.

A variety of charming accommodations can be found in close proximity to prime hotspots for blues travelers, including the BLUE BISCUIT BUNGALOWS, located steps away from the DELTA BLUES MUSEUM; and the LOFTS AT THE FIVE & DIME in downtown Clarksdale.

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BED DOWN BY THE BOOK.

Prep meets pretty at the hip GRADUATE HOTEL on the historic Square in Oxford, which offers guests unique extras including a lobby library, seersucker sofas for lounging and an always-buzzing terrace bar.

 

CAPTURE OUR COUNTRY CHARM.

Wake up to a pastoral vista at MEADOW VIEW FARM BED & BREAKFAST in Hernando, where the themed guestrooms are surrounded by herb and butterfly gardens and nestled within eight acres of rural serenity.

DIG INTO A FIELD OF DREAMS.

Located outside of Oxford, THE FARMSTEAD ON WOODSON RIDGE features lakeside cottages, as well as a cooking school and two working farms—one for heirloom veggies and one for growing fragrant flowers—on its 138 acres.

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MAKE A MANSION YOUR HOME BASE.

Jackson’s FAIRVIEW INN, a grand 1908 Colonial Revival residence, is the area’s only AAA Four-Diamond small luxury hotel and welcomes guests to relax on rocking chairs on the veranda, stroll the gardens and get pampered at the onsite spa.

EXPERIENCE DESIGNER DIGS DOWNTOWN.

What began in 1952 as a dorm-style residence run by the YMCA is now the OLD CAPITOL INN in downtown Jackson, with modern amenities including a rooftop garden, stylish suites and hearty Southern breakfasts.

ENJOY A NIGHT IN NATCHEZ.

The list of elegant historic inns and B&B’s in Mississippi’s oldest city is long, led by such favorites as the luxurious 1818-built MONMOUTH HISTORIC INN, the famous white-columned DUNLEITH HISTORIC INN, and the stately CHOCTAW HALL, an 1836-built home turned B&B.

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GO FOR BEACH-CHIC STYLE.

Architectural Digest called THE ROOST BOUTIQUE HOTEL in Ocean Springs the “most beautiful new hotel in the state,” and it’s easy to see why. The many touches of Southern charm include an exterior wall made of oyster shells, live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, and a loft-like outdoor lounge.

LOSE YOURSELF IN THE LANDSCAPE.

The hand-hewn log cabin lodge housing RIVER RANCH B&B in Hattiesburg is set on a secluded river beach within 300 acres of unspoiled wilderness. Inside, the suites feature works by local artists.

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