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Mississippi is immersed in history and bursting at the seams with natural beauty, so it’s no surprise that people travel from all over the world to visit the Magnolia State. With what seems like endless options, the only issue when is is deciding which sights to see and which to skip. From breathtaking rolling countryside to historical landmarks, there are so many must-sees when traveling through the state.
While making your travel plans to visit and explore Mississippi, you'll find many historic sites and attractions, each yielding a different story of how Mississippi came to be. Across the state, will find a wealth of top-notch Civil War history, including museums, battlefields, and iconic landmarks.
Along the Gulf Coast, check out the Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library. Known by many simply as "Beauvoir," the Jefferson home and library will yield a full day of Civil War insights. Head north to Hattiesburg and
make your way to see the African American Military History Museum, and the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.
Out along the Mississippi Delta Region, the cities of Vicksburg and Natchez have some of the most impressive Civil War Attractions in the south. Whether you are taking a tour through the Natchez National Historical Park, the Vicksburg National Military Park, or the Grand Gulf Military State Park, you're in for truly authentic and unmatched look at the Civil War history of the area.
Adjacent to the Mississippi Sound, the Biloxi Lighthouse has been a Biloxi landmark since 1848. This historic attraction was declared a Mississippi Landmark in 1987 and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The lighthouse is one of the most photographed sites along southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast and has become a symbol of strength and resilience to the residents after standing strong against Hurricane Katrina.
With its rich literary heritage, Mississippi offers several must see attractions honoring world-famous authors. Like the homes of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner.
A blue and yellow "gingerbread house," the Tennessee Williams Home is in Columbus in the northeastern corner of the state. It was the childhood home of Williams, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, author of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." The home was built in 1875 and was originally the rectory for the St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Home to William Faulkner, Rowan Oak was built in 1844, and stands on over 29 acres of land just a few miles from the Square in Oxford. The property and grounds are open year-round, from sun up to sun down and is open to the public for tours.
When traveling through central Mississippi, you will not be disappointed in the selection of interesting attractions that are available to the public.
Jackson’s most popular museums include the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The interconnected museums will take you through a sweep of Mississippi history the state’s role as ground zero in the Civil Rights Movement.
Just a short drive away in Flora, the Mississippi Petrified Forest is a National Natural Landmark. The forest is a collection of petrified logs that have been created of hundreds of years and are viewable to the public. This attraction is a must-see of those looking to step outside and learn about Mississippi’s natural history.