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Monument at Brice's Crossroads Battlefield, Mississippi ©Wilson44691

The state of Mississippi, tucked between Alabama, Louisiana (separated by the mighty river from which the state gets its name) and Tennessee, with a tiny stretch of Gulf Coast right in the south, is often overlooked by tourists seeking a taste of the American Deep South. Those who opt for Mississippi's neighbours and ignore her charms lose out on a memorable experience in a state full of quaint towns, where wide-open spaces and porch swings combine with down home hospitality to yield many rewards for visitors.

The 'Magnolia State' has plenty of scenic beauty, and rich history, particularly associated with the Native American tribes that pre-dated European occupation and the battles of the American Civil War - the key battle of the war was fought at Vicksburg in 1863. Culturally the state has generated a wealth of talent, spawning such greats as Tennessee Williams, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Rodgers and B B King, not to mention the Blues, the music style that was born in the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. The state also has more than its fair share of architectural treasures, particularly the huge concentration of magnificent antebellum mansions in Natchez.

When exploring all the attractions associated with this heritage jades, there is always the lure of the white sandy beaches of Biloxi and Gulfport down in the south, where the lights are bright and the pace upbeat among pulsing casinos and clubs in the Gulf Coast's fastest growing tourist hub.

The state's capital city is Jackson, sophisticated and well-ordered, filling the needs of city slickers more than adequately, while visitors yearning for the great outdoors have more than 150 campgrounds and six national forests to choose from, offering opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, cycling and boating.

Climate Info

Mississippi experiences mild winters and long, very hot summers with high humidity between May and September. Rainfall occurs throughout the year. Tornadoes, hurricanes and severe thunderstorms are possible. Average temperatures are higher along the coast.

Getting Around

Hiring a car is the best way to get around in Jackson as many of the attractions lie outside the city; parking is easy to find everywhere but downtown. The JATRAN bus is a reliable way to get around. It operates Monday to Friday 5.15am-7.45pm and on Saturday from 6.45am-6.45pm. Most routes operate every 60 minutes with limited service every 30 minutes on Routes 1, 8 and 12. A single one-way fare costs about $1.50. Metered taxis are available, but must be booked by phone at least 30 minutes in advance as cabs do not cruise or wait at taxi ranks.

Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN)

LocationThe airport is a 10-mile (16km) drive east of downtown Jackson.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).

Tel: +1 601 939 5631.

Getting to city

There is no reliable public transport to the city, however taxis and shuttle services are available, as are rental cars.

Car Rental

Car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Enterprise, Budget, Hertz, National, Alamo, Thrifty, Payless and Dollar. All car hire companies have desks on Terminal Level 1 across from baggage claim.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are undoubtedly the most convenient way to travel from the airport into downtown Jackson. Simply hail a taxi outside Arrivals; the meter should be turned on for the duration of the journey.

Airport Facilities

The airport has ATMs, shops, cafes and restaurants. Disabled facilities are good; those with special requirements should inform their airline in advance. A Disabled Passenger Shuttle Service is available 24 hours a day to transport those with special needs around the airport.

Car Parking

Long and short-term parking is available. The parking garage charges $16 per day, while the surface lot is $14 per day. The long-term lot is only $10 per day, and is connected to the terminal via a complimentary shuttle.


Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT)

LocationGulfport–Biloxi International Airport is located nearly four miles (6km) northeast of Gulfport.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Taxis and hired cars are available at the airport. Some local hotels offer shuttle services for guests.

Car Rental

Car rental companies operating from the airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Dollar.

Airpor Taxis

Many taxi companies service the airport; taxis can generally be found waiting outside the terminal, but pick-up can be arranged in advance by phone.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include ATMs, a smoking lounge, meeting rooms, baggage carts, computer work stations, USO services, several fast food outlets and a gift shop.

Car Parking

Parking is free for the first 15 minutes, then charged at $1 for 30 minutes, and $2 per hour. Garage parking is $12 per day; the surface lot charges $10 per day, $60 per week, and $140 per month.


Columbus-Lowndes County Airport (UBS)

LocationThe airport is located four miles (6km) southeast of Columbus.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Public transport does not service the airport, but taxis are available.

Car Rental

There are no car rental companies located at the airport, but several companies are located nearby and will arrange for pick-up at the airport.

Airpor Taxis

Several taxi companies service the airport, however it is a good idea to book a cab in advance as they are usually not available outside the terminal.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities are limited.

Car Parking

Parking is available near the terminal building.

Old Capitol Museum

Originally called State House, the Old Capitol building has filled three purposes in its long history. From 1839 to 1903 it served as the state capitol, between 1917 and 1959 it housed government offices, and from 1961 to the present it has become an award-winning museum enshrining Missi
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Old Capitol Museum ©Matt Howry

The Governors Mansion

The Mississippi Governor's Mansion in downtown Jackson is the second oldest continuously occupied governor's residence in the United States. It was first occupied in 1842 by Governor Tilghman Tucker and his family, having just been built in the Greek revival style, the most popular style
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The Governor's Mansion ©Charlie Brenner

Russell C. Davis Planetarium

Jackson's impressive planetarium is one of the largest in the world, with a huge hemispheric wrap-around screen that presents regular Sky Shows on astronomy, astronauts and space exploration. The planetarium, situated in the downtown cultural district, also presents laser light concerts
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Lots to see at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium ©NASA

Mississippi Museum of Art

The State's largest art museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson houses more than 4,000 works, including the world's largest collection by Mississippi artists. With 75 percent of the permanent collection comprising of American artists, visitors will be able to view some of Georgi
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Mississippi Museum of Art ©Julian Rankin

Farish Street Historical District

The 125-acre neighbourhood bounded by Mill Street, Amite Street, Fortification Street and Jackson Street near downtown, known as Farish District, is one of the few historically black districts, built by former slaves, listed on the national register. It takes its name from Walter Farish,
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Farish Street Historical District ©Natalie Maynor

Vicksburg National Military Park

The Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War: the campaign, siege and defence of the city of Vicksburg, 44 miles (71km) west of Jackson in Mississippi. Vicksburg was under siege for 47 days in 1863 as confederate forces vain
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Memorial Arch at Vicksburg National Military Park ©Ken Lund

Elvis Presley Birthplace

The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, was born in Tupelo, northern Mississippi in 1935 in a humble home where he began his meteoric rise to fame. The simple two-room house where Elvis drew his first breath is now contained in a park, which has become a place of pilgrimage for thousan
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Birthplace of Elvis Presley ©Markuskun

Natchez Historic Houses

The most intact antebellum estate in the United States is the magnificent Melrose, owned and operated by the National Park Service in its grounds in the Natchez National Historical Park.

Melrose was built in 1849 and still features its original hand-painted canvas flooring. T
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Monmouth House

Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

The Grand Village was the main ceremonial centre of the Natchez Indians, who inhabited southwest Mississippi between 700 and 1730. Their culture reached a peak in the mid-1500s, when French explorers found the Grand Village and began to settle in the area. Eventually the Natchez were for
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Grand Village of the Natchez Indians ©Mississippi Development Authority/Division of Tourism

Natchez Churches

Natchez features a collection of architecturally valuable historic churches of various denominations, all located in the central city area. Among them is St Mary's in South Union Street, the oldest Catholic building in Mississippi, built in Gothic Revival style back in 1840.

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Church chapel ©NatalieMaynor

Natchez Under-the-Hill

The city's original waterfront area, Natchez-Under-the-Hill, reached by descending the bluff via Silver Street, was once the notorious haunt of pirates, riverboat gamblers and outlaws, known as the 'Barbary Coast of the Mississippi'.

As the use of riverboats dwindled, so did
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Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway starts out in Natchez, southern Mississippi, and runs for 444 miles (715km) to Nashville, Tennessee, cutting across a corner of Alabama.

The parkway follows ancient Native American paths that connected the Mississippi River to salt licks in central T
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Natchez Trace Parkway

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1932 by Francis Cook, and to this day, remains the Magnolia State's largest museum. A passionate student of Mississippi's natural resources, Cook's vision was to establish a museum that would focus on the promotion and protection o
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The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science ©Tomás Castelazo

Eudora Welty House

One of America's most influential writers, Eudora Welty lived for 76 years at 1119 Pinehurst Plaza in Jackson, before bequeathing the house to the State of Mississippi when she passed away in 2001. The beautiful, Tudor Revival-style house was built by Welty's parents in 1925, and has sin
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The Eudora Welty House in Jackson, Mississippi. ©Natalie Maynor

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