Intro to Mississippi hotels and accommodations
Hotels in Mississippi
You’ll find a real diversity to hotels in Mississippi. There’s the palatial opulence of luxury plantation mansions. There’s the simple comfort of renovated sharecroppers’ shacks. And there are also bed and breakfast hotels in Mississippi housed in charming historic townhouses, where you can sip ice tea on the porch or enjoy authentic soul food in the family dining room. Casino resorts provide a touch of glamour and excitement, complete with lively entertainment and excellent service. For the best hotel deals in Mississippi, its highways and byways boast distinctive inns and motels at discount rates.
Things to see in Mississippi
The Mississippi Delta is famed for nurturing the musicians who brought blues and rock 'n' roll to the world. At the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, you can discover more about legendary bluesmen like Son House and Robert Johnson. For a more electrifying encounter, check out Clarkdale’s many juke joints and blues clubs. Just outside of Delta country, in Tupelo, there’s another museum dedicated to a musical legend—the Elvis Presley Birthplace. This is where the King of Rock 'n' Roll was born and spent much of his youth. The impact of the Civil War on the state is made plain at the Vicksburg National Military Park. The decisive battle and siege here is where several thousand soldiers lost their lives, and where the South lost the war. For lovers of the outdoors, the Natchez Trace Parkway offers miles of bike trails winding among wonderful scenery. Or take a boat from Gulfport to the West Ship Island for some Gulf Coast sun, sea, and sand.
Where to stay in Mississippi
For those coming to Mississippi to live and breathe the musical heritage of the Delta, a hotel in Robinsonville makes a perfect base. Here you are close to legendary blues towns like Clarksdale, as well as the route of the Mississippi Blues Trail. There are also some fine Mississippi casino resorts in nearby Tunica. Jackson is the state capital, and its museums, art galleries, and historic buildings make it the cultural heart of Mississippi. Families looking for a break by the coast will enjoy Gulfport on the sunny Gulf Coast, while nearby Biloxi is better known for its exhilarating casinos.
How to get to Mississippi
Travel in Mississippi couldn’t be easier. Road trippers coming to Mississippi from the North generally take Interstate 55 from Memphis. From here, you can either head straight down to Jackson, or hook across to Highway 61, the famed "river highway" through the Delta. Interstate 20 runs east to west, connecting to Alabama and Arkansas, as does Interstate 10. This second east-west route runs along the Gulf Coast. The largest airport in the state is Jackson-Evers International Airport, but Gulfport-Biloxi Airport is well-connected too, and is best for those heading toward the resorts of the south coast.