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Top Reasons to Go to Mississippi

Discover the Birthplace of America’s Music: Not only can Mississippi lay claim to being the origin of the blues—it’s also the birthplace of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Elvis Presley) and the father of country music (Jimmie Rodgers). The B.B. King Museum in Indianola, the Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo, and Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, plus live-music venues like Ground Zero Blues Club, Po’ Monkey’s, and so many others offer the sights and sounds of the state’s rich heritage.

Live the Outdoor Dream: From hunting and fishing to hiking, biking, kayaking, and golf, Mississippi offers the moderate climate and year-round availability to enjoy an abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

Relive History from Civil War to Civil Rights: Explore the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and every era in between. The Mississippi Freedom Trail honors the courageous men and women who fought for justice and equality in the civil rights movement. Annual spring and fall pilgrimages and home tours in Natchez, Vicksburg, Holly Springs, and other cities offer a glimpse into life during the antebellum area. And attractions like the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and Vicksburg National Military Park offer an in-depth view of one of our nation’s most turbulent times.

Immerse Yourself in Arts and Literature: Great Southern literature is a part of the fabric of Mississippi. William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Tennessee Williams, Margaret Walker, and John Grisham are just a few of the notable authors who have called Mississippi home. Fine arts and crafts are celebrated at museums, galleries, and shows throughout the year.

Eat Food, Food, and More Food: Mississippi is known for good old-fashioned Southern cooking; but the state also offers the best of fine dining, fresh Gulf seafood, and eclectic fusion cuisine.

Updated: 2014-03-17

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