Top things to do

Top Choice Blues in Clarksdale

Red's

Clarksdale's best juke joint, with its neon-red mood lighting, plastic-bag ceiling and general soulful disintegration, is the place to see bluesmen howl. Red runs the bar, knows the acts and slings a cold beer whene…
Top Choice Museum in Mississippi Delta

Emmett Till Museum

In 1955, Emmet Till, a 14-year old black boy from Chicago, was lynched in Mississippi after being accused of flirting with a white woman. An all-white jury acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and JW Milam, who later…
Top Choice Southern US in Tupelo

Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen

As unexpected as food finds get, the kitchen here changes its menu to reflect whatever produce, livestock and game it's receiving from local farmers. Dishes may range from bacon-wrapped salmon to ribeye steaks with …
Top Choice Southern US in Mississippi Delta

Delta Bistropub

A tasty upmarket cafe serving Southern treats like fried catfish and barbecue shrimp po'boys and crab bisque, as well as fine departures like local shrimp with lemon zest and fried basil, and a seared duck breast se…
Top Choice Books in Oxford

Square Books

Square Books, one of the South's great independent bookstores, is the epicenter of Oxford's lively literary scene and a frequent stop for traveling authors. There's a cafe and balcony upstairs, along with an immense…
Top Choice Coffee in Vicksburg

Highway 61 Coffeehouse

This awesome coffee shop has occasional live music on Saturday afternoons, serves Fair Trade coffee and is an energetic epicenter of artsyness, poetry readings and the like.
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

Just outside of town, along the Trace, you'll find Emerald Mound, the grassy ruins of a Native American city that includes the second-largest Pre-Columbian earthworks in the USA. Using stone tools, pre-Columbian anc…
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…
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 ostensibly dedicated to the legendary bluesman, in many ways it tackles life in the Delta as a whole. The museum is …