International travelers take delight in the sheer variety of culture, cuisine, scenery and experiences that make Mississippi a popular place to visit. If you're a fan of the blues, rock 'n' roll, country or gospel music, you'll love your stay in the birthplace of America’s music. But that's just the beginning. There's a wealth of history to take in, from antebellum architecture to key battle sites of the Civil War. Plus, you’ll be met with so many dining options that the hardest part of your trip will be deciding where to begin. Start planning your itinerary now!
Birthplace of America's Music
As the “Birthplace of America’s Music,” Mississippi is the home of musicians and artists who pioneered the genres of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, Southern gospel and country. Experience Mississippi’s rich musical legacy through the Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country Music Trail. Also visit Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo, the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in Cleveland or the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale - just to name a few.
Civil War to Civil Rights
Dive into American history by touring stately antebellum homes in Natchez, Columbus and Vicksburg or by traversing the 16-mile Vicksburg National Military Park. Reflect on the state’s complex past by following the Mississippi Freedom Trail and observing the markers dotted throughout the state (some also marked as U.S. Civil Rights trail markers) or by visiting the state-of-the-art Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in the capital city of Jackson.
Unique Mississippi experiences extend to include restaurants serving up some of the South’s most celebrated culinary delights. From fresh Gulf Coast seafood and Mississippi Delta specialties like tamales and farm-raised catfish to Southern classics like biscuits and farm fresh blue-plate vegetables, a Mississippi menu is delectably distinct with recipes perfected over generations. You’ll find that the way we cook is the way we live—deeply and joyfully.