Mississippi is a southern U.S. state situated with the Mississippi River to its west, Alabama to its east and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Its Delta region is considered the birthplace of blues music, and the state is recognised for its preservation of historic places, natural wonders, and creative arts. Not to mention its food – you’ll find delicious freshly caught shrimp as well as barbecued ribs and fried river catfish on the menu. 

Here are our top five things you can’t miss during a visit to Mississippi:     

Museums in Mississippi 

Mississippi has a number of museums that are hard to choose between! Located on Highway 61, the Gateway to the Blues Museum and Visitor Center is usually the first place people see when they drive into Tunica. This rustic train depot, circa 1895, is a must-stop for travellers before and after a visit to Tunica. Here, you can seek useful information for your stay, but it’s also home to the Gateway to the Blues Museum, which all music lovers must check out. 

Make sure you visit the Grammy Museum Mississippi – music fan or not, you are bound to enjoy this interactive experience in Cleveland that explores the past, present and future of music and celebrates the technology and creativity of the recording process.  

To learn about the state’s important history, visit The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History in Jackson. Both of these explore how the past has influenced our future and celebrate the influential people behind the movements that led us today.  

Cypress Swamp, Natchez Trace Parkway 

Located 30 minutes northeast of Jackson, Mississippi, Cypress Swamp - at milepost 122 on the Natchez Trace Parkway - has a boardwalk trail that leads you through the swamp and amongst the tupelo and cypress trees, where you can see frogs, snakes and alligators. 

Plan to spend about 30 minutes as you walk the trail, imagine the travellers who once passed by this site on their way home, and explore the natural beauty of the swamp and its wildlife.

Visit the Birthplace of Elvis, Tupelo

The Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo is a modest two-room house where Elvis Presley was born. The house is part of the six-hectare Elvis Presley Park, including a statue, museum, and church. The bronze statue of 13-year-old Elvis is life-sized and displayed at ground level so fans can be closer.  

The Mississippi Blues Trail  

Throughout the state, the Mississippi Blues Trail has nearly 200 trail markers that tell stories of well-known blues artists and famous sites. Find them in train depots, cemeteries, cotton fields, clubs and churches, and learn how people, places, and culture influenced music.  You’ll gain facts you never knew, see places for the first time, and you’ll gain a new appreciation for the area that gave birth to the blues. 

Coastal Mississippi  

Come and enjoy the 99 kilometres of coast that Mississippi has to offer! Otherwise known as the Mississippi Gulf Coast region and situated along the Gulf of Mexico, there is something for everyone: whether it’s relaxing or adrenaline that you’re after – all while mixing with friendly, unique coastal communities along the way. 

You can head to one of the fascinating art museums, paddle the day away along the blueways or book a charter to catch dinner. Check out the boutique shops, cash in at the casinos, or hit a local juke joint to enjoy the local music scene. If travelling with kids, there are endless options for family fun, including attractions, fun centres, and nature tours.