Mississippi, located between the states of Louisiana and Alabama, offers a true taste of America's Deep South. The small stretch of Gulf Coast in the south is a small expanse of paradise revealing a different side of Mississippi. Wide-open spaces, charming towns and local friendliness are just a few of the great things about visiting Mississippi. Known to many as the "Magnolia State" for its state flower Mississippi tourism is abundant with striking scenery, interesting history and lots of traditional culture.

The state was once home to Elvis Presley who was born in Tupelo, as well as Tennessee Williams, Jimmy Rodgers and the musical legend B.B. King. The cotton fields around the Mississippi Delta was where many talented musicians gave birth to Blues music. The musical heritage of the Blues is highlighted in small towns such as Clarksdale. At Highway 61 and 49 the famous musical crossroads sit. This is where famous Blues musician Robert Johnson is said to have "sold his soul to the devil in order to master the guitar". Visit the town for an authentic musical experience and get ready to hear some of the best live Blues in the state.

Events of the Battle of Vicksburg are highlighted at the Vicksburg National Military Park and offer some of the most significant outlines of state history. The town itself is a great place to visit during Mississippi vacations and offers many things to do for all ages. Nestled up high on striking bluffs Vicksburg is full of rich history, impressive architecture, excellent arts, culture, great dining and shopping. Enjoy a Mississippi River cruise, thrilling gaming at one of the casinos or tour stunning old homes and museums during Mississippi tourism.

The state also has more than its fair share of architectural gems, particularly the large concentration of magnificent antebellum mansions in Natchez. Natchez is one of the most revered towns in the whole state and has its own abundant share of attractions perfect for a vacation in Mississippi. Great for a romantic getaway Natchez is brimming with charming bed and breakfasts, old southern style plantations and great hotels from budget to luxury. The famous Great Mississippi Balloon Race is one of the best events in town and happens at the end of October. Camping in the area is also popular and many campgrounds have great amenities for a family vacation.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is by far the most popular destination in the state. Each year thousands of visitors head down to enjoy the famous strip of coastline during Mississippi vacations. Encompassing Biloxi, Gulfport and a variety of other small towns such as Ocean Springs and Pass Christian, the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers a wealth of activity and fun. Biloxi casinos are high on the list during Mississippi tourism. World-class gaming, dining, entertainment and accommodation draw people in for non-stop action in luxury surroundings. Mississippi golf packages are highly sought after for a chance to play on championship courses in the area. Point Cadet Marina offers fantastic Mississippi fishing charters for a chance to catch a variety of fish along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

City slickers will love all that the state capital of Jackson has to offer on a vacation in Mississippi. Well designed and revealing an air of sophistication the city boasts everything modern and convenient. The Mississippi Museum of Art beckons art lovers to tour impressive works in permanent and temporary exhibitions during Mississippi vacations. Jackson Zoo is a great place for little ones to see a huge variety of domestic and exotic animals and join in on the many activities offered each day. Events such as the Dixie National Rodeo highlights champion cowboys and the best of rodeo stock during the month of February.

A variety of interests will be satisfied with a vacation in Mississippi. Whether you seek the ultimate in excitement or a low-key and relaxing holiday you will find many things to suit your needs. Modern conveniences or rustic settings are both available. Excellent attractions reflecting the intriguing history of the state are found in all of the major destinations and also in many small towns. So make a plan or just wing it, head to the Deep South and find out exactly why this often overlooked state is great place for a fulfilling getaway.

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