Mississippi is considered the birthplace of Blues, the King of Rock ‘n Roll, and Kermit the frog.
It offers the traveller music, history, the strange and the beautiful all wrapped into one. Here is a list of ‘must sees’ when you visit.
The Mississippi State Capitol is a beautiful building with its dome shaped roof. Home to the Mississippi Legislature since 1903, this is the third building to stand in this spot.
Tours are available to visitors to view the art, meeting rooms, and museums.
The Mississippi Freedom Trail was opened in 2011. There are markers along the route that highlight important people and places from the Civil Rights movement. There are several markers to see in Jackson.
Famous Births in Mississippi
The King of Rock ‘n Roll
Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935 to his parents, Vernon and Gladys.
The small two bedroomed home still stands in its original place after being restored, and the small Elvis Presley museum is a lovely way to spend a few hours learning about his life. Today he is still one of the top selling solo artist of all time.
Kermit the Frog
Kermit the Frog, one of Jim Henson’s most famous characters is said to have been born in Leland. Jim Henson born in 1936 in Greenville, grew up in Leland with his friend Kermit Scott.
It is believed that Kermit’s character was based on this friendship. Leland now features a museum to honour the green character and his friends.
Delta Blues Museum
The City of Clarksdale located at the Clarksdale crossroads is home to the Delta Blues Museum.
The oldest music museum in the state, the museum was awarded to Clarksdale as it is thought to be the place of the first ever music recording.
The museum features exhibits about the musical greats, John Lee Hooker, Don Nix, and Rosen to name a few.
The place where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his musical talent. Robert Johnson was one of the most talented Blues musicians of his time.
Leaving audiences with gaping mouths at his performances. In truth the crossroads where Robert would have struck this Faustian deal is about half a mile from where the novelty guitars mark the junction of Route 61 and Route 49.
Camp on the beach at Horn Island just off the coast of Mississippi. A beautiful wilderness especially popular for bird watching, it is only accessible by private boat.
There are no services on the island so be sure to take along everything that you need, and if you want to enjoy the betting NZ has to offer, charge your mobile battery and load up on data.
Mississippi River Cruise
A visit to Mississippi wouldn’t be complete without a trip on the river. There are numerous operators to take you on a cruise. If you are feeling more adventurous, skip the cruise and take a canoe out instead.
Mississippi is a must if you want to experience true southern hospitality. It has activities for every taste, food for every palate and enough soul to have you planning your next trip in no time.