Attractions

Park in Ocean Springs

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Here along one of the last undeveloped stretches of the coastal South, this maze of wetlands, beaches and five off-shore barrier islands is not tremendously accessible, but if you plan ahead, you will experience the…
Archaeological Site in Natchez

Emerald Mound

Emerald Mound is by far the best of the indigenous mound sites. Using stone tools, pre-Columbian ancestors to the Natchez people graded this 8-acre mountain into a flat-topped pyramid. It is now the second-largest m…
State Park in Mississippi

Tishomingo State Park

This state park is named for the Chicasaw Indian Chief Tishomingo. You may want to camp here, among the evocative, moss-covered sandstone cliffs and rock formations, fern gullies and waterfalls of Bear Creek canyon.…
Historic Site in Vicksburg

Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg controlled access to the Mississippi River, and its seizure was one of the turning points of the Civil War. A 16-mile driving tour passes historic markers explaining battle scenarios and key events from th…
Historic Building in Oxford

Rowan Oak

Literary pilgrims head here to the graceful 1840s home of William Faulkner. He authored many brilliant and dense novels set in Mississippi, and his work is celebrated in Oxford with an annual conference in July. Tou…
Museum in Mississippi Delta

BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center

Stopping in the tiny Delta town of Indianola is worthwhile to visit this modern museum. While it's dedicated to the legendary bluesman, it also tackles life in the Delta as a whole. This is the best museum in the re…
Museum in Jackson

Smith Robertson Museum

Housed in Mississippi's first public school for African American children is the alma mater of Richard Wright, author of Black Boy, among many other works. It offers insight and explanation into the pain and perseve…
Museum in Ocean Springs

Walter Anderson Museum

A consummate artist and lover of Gulf Coast nature, Anderson suffered from mental illness, which spurred his monastic existence and fueled his life’s work: in his own words, being one of 'those who have brought natu…
Landmark in Tupelo

Elvis Presley's Birthplace

A pilgrimage site for those who kneel before the king. The original structure has a new roof and furniture, but no matter the decor, it was within these humble walls that Elvis was born on January 8, 1935, where he …
Sculpture in Clarksdale

The Crossroads

The Crossroads of Hwys 61 and 49 is supposedly the intersection where the great Robert Johnson made his mythical deal with the devil, immortalized in his tune 'Cross Road Blues.' Now all of the implied lonely fear a…