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Exploring Mississippi: A Quintessential Southern Experience

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Exploring Mississippi offers travelers a Southern travel experience truly like no other, with scenic vistas, charming attractions, and welcoming hospitality at every turn. From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to the banks of the Mississippi River, natural beauty abounds, history surrounds you, music fills the air, and incredible food delights your senses.  

Mississippi is, at heart, a state for nature lovers. More than 60 percent of the state is forested, with numerous opportunities for hiking, camping, boating, and birding. Tishomingo State Park is perhaps Mississippi’s greatest secret, with its massive rocky outcroppings and iconic swinging bridge. The state boasts the longest man-made beach in the world, with 26 miles of sugar-white sand and barrier islands to explore. In the Northwestern part of the state, known as The Delta, vast landscapes in the flat plains along the Mississippi River you can venture into wetlands areas that are home to some of the world’s oldest and largest bald cypress trees and, along the vast flat plains that border the Mississippi River, you can witness fiery sunsets that seem to go on forever. 

Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Mississippi’s artistic legacy is on full display, with the powerful voices of blues musicians at the BB King Museum, exhibits at the Grammy Museum Mississippi, and immersive experiences at the Mississippi Art and Entertainment Experience (“The MAX). The artistic expression of Mississippi runs deep, and you can see it in our history, too. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum chronicles the stories of our state’s brave men and women in the fight for equality and the better tomorrow we now enjoy today, and the Vicksburg National Military Park gives insight into one of the most pivotal and decisive campaigns of the Civil War. 
 
Of course, no adventure would be complete without a great meal. Mississippi offers everything from traditional Southern staples like Hattiesburg’s The Midtowner, Tupelo’s Abe’s Grill, and Jackson’s Stamps Super Burgers. Or, for fine dining, experience Mississippi’s James Beard-nominated restaurants and chefs at places including Biloxi’s White Pillars, Ocean Springs’ Vestige, Elvie’s in Jackson, or Snackbar in Oxford.  

Plan your Mississippi travel adventure today at VisitMississippi.org

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