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Mississippi River Destinations

Take a trip along the South’s legendary waterway

From Delta blues to Civil War battlegrounds, this stretch of the Mississippi River running through the Magnolia State boasts amazing stories of the American South. Ride with the current for a larger-than-life adventure.


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From North to Natchez

Tunica, in northern Mississippi, is where you will find the glamour of casinos paired with river cruises, the Tunica River Park Museum and more. One of the first things visitors see coming into Tunica is a rustic train depot, which is actually the Gateway to the Blues Visitor Center and Museum. Inside, visitors can learn how Tunica played an important role in the birth of this uniquely American form of music.

Further south on this route is Greenville, part of the Mississippi Blues Trail, which counts among its native sons Muppets creator Jim Henson. A small exhibit, The Jim Hensen Museum: Birthplace of Kermit the Frog, is in nearby Leland. Visit the River Road Queen Welcome Center & Museum of the Delta, a replica of the steamboat that represented Mississippi at the 1984 World’s Fair.


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Vicksburg Past

Vicksburg is inextricably tied to the Civil War, and it’s where one of the most significant battles of the conflict occurred. At Vicksburg National Military Park, visitors can see battleground re-enactments and learn more about one of the toughest confrontations between the Confederate and Union armies, who fought for more than a month to control this pivotal city on the Mississippi River.

Natchez and its Louisiana sister city, Vidalia, enjoy an enviable position along the mighty Mississippi, sharing an equally storied past tied to the legendary Jim Bowie, a knife-wielding frontiersman the locals say defended himself time and again with an infamous weapon—a curved knife—bearing his name. The Jim Bowie Festival & BBQ Throwdown in Vidalia is where Mississippians and visitors throng to enjoy down-home music and a barbeque cook-off.

Across the river in Natchez, the Natchez National Historic Park, Grand Village of the Natchez Indians and Natchez Museum of African American History offer distinctive perspectives of the multi-faceted history and culture of the city, the oldest on the Mississippi River. First settled by the French in 1716, Natchez for a time was under British rule and then Spanish oversight. It was the first capital of the U.S. Mississippi Territory (1798) and the original capital of the state (1817). For a photographic look back on Natchez history, visit Stratton Chapel, home to some 500 historic pictures.

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