Mississippi Vacations: Beaches and Nightlife Spiced With History.
Historic Mississippi with its fascinating history, its natural beauty and its southern hospitality makes a great vacation destination.
Places to go
Going to Jackson means enjoying night life. The city boasts over fifty clubs, including restaurants that feature live music ranging from soul, jazz and blues to bluegrass and Celtic with a little rap and hip hop for spice.
Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula and the coastal areas in between offer premier beach vacations. In addition, the area is famous for its world-class golf courses, its museums and of course its casinos.
Seventy-five miles north of the beaches, the small city of Hattiesburg is perfect for a relaxing break. It offers a 29 mile hiking or biking trail called the Longleaf Trace as well as the Museum of Children’s Literature and the Hattiesburg Zoo.
Natchez on its bluff above the Mississippi was one of the first European settlements in the entire Mississippi valley, and once served as the state’s capital. From here the Natchez Trace Parkway winds north, and down by the river Natchez-Under-the-Hill recalls the colourful history of the area.
Things to see and do
Gamble on a riverboat
As in most of the United States, gambling is illegal in Mississippi, at least on land. On the water, though, different rules apply, and the permanently moored riverboats on the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast offer a first class casino experience.
Explore Civil War History at Vicksburg
Abraham Lincoln believed capturing Vicksburg to be the key to winning the Civil War. The fortress that dominated the Mississippi River can be visited at the Vicksburg National Military Park, along with two antebellum homes, twenty miles of earthworks, a twelve mile hiking trail and the rebuilt ironclad USS Cairo, the first vessel ever sunk by a torpedo.