A True Tributary
The Mississippi River is the longest river in North America, flowing from Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico, making it the ninth largest body of water in the world. Water from 31 states winds its way along the western border of the state, nourishing a wide variety of tourist destinations.
The river and its many tributaries provide ample room for boating enthusiasts and fisherman, and gave birth to many “river cities” that still thrive today. Near the top of the state, Tunica has grown beyond its agricultural roots to become one of the top gaming meccas in the nation. The city is home to the Mississippi River Museum, which is housed at the Tunica RiverPark—an excellent resource for learning all one can know about this illustrious river and its storied past.
Farther south, Vicksburg offers visitors a staggering number of historical sites commemorating the Civil War. Likewise, the city of Natchez features a wide variety of historical sites and antebellum homes for the casual visitor and history buff alike.
A great many tours and tourist stops flourish up and down the Mississippi River. We encourage you to click around and discover them for yourself. For those west of the river, the Mighty Mississippi River is a rich gateway to the state—and for those traveling from the east, it makes an excellent and worthy destination.