M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I… How many American children have learned to spell the name of this gulf coast state without even knowing what it is? Mississippi is more than a river, more than a delta and more than a fun word to spell. It is home to more than 2,800,000 people, and filled with history, culture and beauty from the moss draped oak trees of the antebellum plantations to the Natchez Indian Mounds.
Many talented people were born in Mississippi including the famous playwright Tennessee Williams, blues musician B.B. King, country singer Faith Hill and the King of Rock and Roll. On January 8, 1935 Gladys Presley gave birth to a son in Tupelo Mississippi. She named her baby boy Elvis. Elvis Presley’s birthplace has been made into a museum that holds special events throughout the year, including a birthday celebration each January 8.
A large part of the Mississippi culture is its music, the Mississippi Delta Blues. This long and fascinating history can be explored in the Delta Blue Museum. Another historic location to visit while in Mississippi is the Vicksburg National Military Park. This park is filled with information on Americas Civil War. Some of the exhibits found at Vicksburg include more than 1,300 historic monuments and markers, 20 miles of reconstructed trenches, a antebellum home, 144 emplaced cannon, restored Union gunboat-USS Cairo, and the Vicksburg National Cemetery.
Other Mississippi vacation activities include spending time at the beach, a trip to Gulf Islands National Seashore, spending a day in the Cat Fish Capitol or trying your luck at one of the many casinos found in Mississippi.