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Biloxi Lighthouse: One of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s signature landmarks. Offers visitors daily tours to see waterlines from hurricanes dating back over 100 years. 

Corinth Contraband Camp: Site of early freedom for African-Americans during the Civil War. Features a quarter-mile walkway commemorating events that changed the lives of people considered contraband of war. Corinth. 

Healthworks! Kids’ Museum: Get inside the brain of a teenager or explore the coarser side of human biology at North Mississippi’s children’s health-education centre. Tupelo.


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Delta Blues Museum: Preserves, interprets and encourages a deep interest in this uniquely American music. Clarksdale.

DeSoto County Museum: Showcases local history, including Hernando DeSoto’s 1541 explorations, Jerry Lee Lewis’s piano and a restored log cabin from 1850. Hernando.

Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center: Houses exhibits that explain military and civilian experiences during the Civil War, as well as exhibits relevant to African-American heritage.

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Mississippi Armed Forces Museum: Features significant historical exhibits related to the military contributions of locals from 1798 to the present. Piney Woods.

B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center: Exhibitions and educational programs designed as a tribute to local legendary blues musician B. B. King. Indianola.


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World Catfish Festival (April), Belzoni.
Juke Joint Festival (April), Clarksdale.
Jubilee! Jam (June), Jackson.
B.B. King Homecoming Festival (June), Indianola.
Choctaw Indian Fair (July), Choctaw.
Mississippi State Fair (October 6 to 17, 2010) Jackson.



Vicksburg National Military Park: Established in 1899; commemorates the 47-day Civil War siege and defence of Vicksburg in 1863. Includes Vicksburg National Cemetery.

The Natchez Trace Parkway: First appearing over 8,000 years ago as a buffalo and Indian trail, the path was used by explorer Hernando DeSoto in his search for gold around 1540.

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Mississippi Blues Trail: Marked by more than 100 historical markers and interpretive sites that feature high-resolution maps, photographs, text and downloadable sounds and music of the area.

Tupelo: Trace the footsteps of the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. Attractions include Presley`s childhood home which features a museum and chapel, and the actual Assembly of God Church building where he first performed Gospel music.

Hidden Gems

Hattiesburg: Emerging arts community of beautiful galleries, boutiques, outstanding restaurants, the elegant Saenger Theater and the state-of-the-art Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby.

Walter Anderson Museum of Art: Dedicated to the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast have placed him among the forefront of 20th-century American painters.

Neshoba County Fair: The nation’s largest campground fair and location for racing programs, an open-air market, carnival rides and political speeches.

Did You Know?


State Motto: By Valor and Arms
State Flower: Magnolia
State Bird: Mockingbird

Fast Facts

America’s Byways: Lower Mississippi Great River Road, Natchez Trace Parkway. 
Connecting Flights Via: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Memphis
Info: Mississippi Development Authority, Division of Tourism
1-866-SEE.MISS (733-6477)