27 February 2019
Mississippi is a southern U.S. state with the Mississippi River to its west, the state of Alabama to its east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Its Mississippi Delta region is considered the birthplace of blues music, honoured at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. Mississippi is known for its preservation of historical places, creative arts heritage and natural wonders. The Mississippi river forms the state’s western boundary, and visitors can find freshly caught shrimp on the menu just as they can find barbecued ribs and fried river catfish. Here are our top five things you can’t miss during a visit to Mississippi:
Visit the Birthplace of Elvis
In Tupelo, see the modest two-room house where Elvis Presley was born (it was built for $180 by his father!). This is part of the six-hectare Elvis Presley Park, which includes a statue, church and museum. The bronze statue of Elvis - aged 13 - is life-size and displayed at ground level so fans can more closely relate to him as a person.
Don’t Miss Mississippi Museums
Mississippi is home to a number of museums, and visitors often have a hard time choosing which to see first. The latest museums to open in the state are the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History. They join a long list of renowned museums in preserving and sharing Mississippi’s history and creative arts culture with the world.
Stay at The Shack Up Inn
“The Ritz We Ain’t” is the slogan at The Shack Up Inn. Located only three miles from the legendary Crossroads (where legend has it that blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange to play mean guitar), Highways 49 and 61, guests can immerse themselves in history while staying in refurbished sharecropper shacks.
Follow the Mississippi Blues Trail
Throughout the state, nearly 200 trail markers tell stories of famous blues artists and significant sites. Find them in cotton fields, train depots, cemeteries, clubs and churches, and see how people, places and culture influenced music.
Celebrate the ‘Birthplace of America’s Music
Head to the Grammy Museum Mississippi – music fan or not, you’re sure to enjoy this interactive experience in Cleveland which explores the past, present and future of music and celebrates the technology and creativity of the recording process.
Planning a visit to Mississippi? Get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor who can make your travel dreams a reality.
For more information, visit https://visitmississippi.org/.