Think it’s necessary to leave the state for vacation? Think again! Mississippi is full of amazing sites and one-of-a-kind attractions that are just waiting to be explored. So, the next time you have some time off and are looking to get away for a bit, keep these 10 awesome vacations in mind.
1. Have some fun in Woodville.
You’ll find plenty to do in this small town, which is home to the Clark Creek Nature Area. Considered one of the state’s most beautiful outdoor treasures, the 700-acre area is full of gorgeous scenery, which includes plenty of waterfalls, a variety of wildlife, and several hiking trails. As far as lodging, you’ll definitely want to check out the Pond Store Cabins, which are located just 300 yards from the Clark Creek Nature Area. Aside from the cabins, the property also includes an old-fashioned country store that dates back to the 1880s.
2. Spend some time in Clinton.
Located in Hinds County, Clinton is the perfect place for an in-state getaway. The charming town includes a quaint historic district, complete with shopping, dining, galleries, antique shops, and more. Plan your trip accordingly, and you’ll be in Clinton for
The Old Towne Market.
Held four times a year, the open-air market features goods and products from regional producers and growers.
3. Get wild at Tara Wildlife.
If you’re looking for a place where you can truly get away from it all, look no further than Tara Wildlife in Vicksburg. The secluded resort has been rated one of the nation’s top destinations for deer and turkey hunting, but that’s not all it has to offer. Encompassing thousands of acres, guests at Tara Wildlife can take part in everything from serene strolls to exciting wildlife tours, making it the perfect escape.
4. Soak up the sun at Lake Tiak-O’khata.
If spending some time at a secluded resort centered around a sparkling lake sounds like your idea of the perfect getaway, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to Lake Tiak-O’Khata in Louisville. The family-owned resort includes a manmade lake, beach, water slides, and restaurant. The resort includes a lakeside motel, waterfront cabins, efficiency suites, and an RV park, which means there are accommodations for just about any price range.
5. Explore the capital city.
As the state’s largest city, there’s plenty to see and do in Jackson, and a great place to start is with a self-guided walking tour through historical Jackson, the State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, state fairgrounds and farmer’s market. As far as accommodations, you’ll definitely want to book a stay at the Old Capitol Inn, a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Jackson. While in the capital city, be sure to grab a bite to eat at Two Sisters. The iconic eatery is known for its award-winning fare of fried chicken, catfish, country fried steak, and homemade desserts.
6. Get the blues in Clarksdale.
A must-visit for any blues enthusiast, Clarksdale is home to a number of significant sites and destinations. You’ll definitely want to devote some time to exploring renowned places, like the Devil’s Crossroads and Delta Blues Museum. Once you work up an appetite, head on over to Morgan Freeman’s club, Ground Zero. The blues club features live music and mouthwatering Delta staples, such as fried catfish and hot tamales. When it’s time to turn in for the night, check out the Shack-Up Inn, which has been named one of the “coolest hotels in America”. The plantation-turned-inn includes several authentic sharecropper shacks, which have been updated just enough to provide a comfortable stay. There’s also a bar and restaurant on site, where live music is the norm.
7. Have some outdoor fun in Tishomingo.
Named Mississippi’s “ultimate outdoor attraction,” Tishomingo State Park is the perfect destination for a vacation. The park encompasses hundreds of acres and offers visitors the chance to take part in all sorts of outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, canoeing, fishing, and rock climbing. Book a stay at the park’s cabins (which have been named some of the most unique in the country) to ensure you have enough time to fully take advantage of everything Tishomingo has to offer.
8. Travel the Natchez Trace Parkway.
The Natchez Trace Parkway is by far one Mississippi’s best attractions, and since it spans practically the entire length of the state, it’s easily accessible for most residents. No matter which portion of the parkway you choose to explore, you’ll find plenty of interesting sites, including everything from the Windsor Ruins to scenic overlooks. There are also plenty of unique lodging options and campgrounds along the way, so you can easily plan a trip that’s within your budget.
9. Take a Greenwood getaway.
Enjoy the perfect Delta weekend in Greenwood. Book a stay at the Alluvian, a full-service hotel that features a spa, bar, and award-winning restaurant. Across the street, you’ll find the famous Viking Cooking School, where you can take part in a cooking class taught by a world-class instructor.
10. Travel to the past in Natchez.
Where better to immerse yourself in history than in one of Mississippi’s oldest cities? Established in 1716, Natchez has been around for centuries, so, as you can imagine, it’s filled with impressive architecture of yesteryear. You’ll definitely want to spend some time touring the city’s numerous antebellum homes, many of which now serve as bed and breakfasts. Other points of interest include Natchez Under-the-Hill, a historic district that features restaurants, bars, shops, and local favorites, such as the Under the Hill Saloon and the Magnolia Grill, and Bluff Park, which includes an overlook, providing stunning views of the Mighty Mississippi. The riverfront park also includes a gazebo and picnic area, making it a great place to stop for a bite to eat.
Have you ever visited any of the destinations listed above? Have another trip to add to this list? Tell us in the comments section.