Mississippi July 03, 2016
10 Amazing Places You Can Go On One Tank Of Gas In Mississippi
Road trips are great; I think pretty much everyone can agree on that. I also think we can all agree that spending a ton of money on gas is not so great, which is where this list comes in. On average, cars can travel between 300 and 500 miles on one tank of gas. Keeping that in mind, we mapped out a 425-mile journey that includes some amazing, must-visit places in Mississippi. So pack your bags, call some friends, and get ready to road trip!
This map includes all of the stops listed below, but can easily be altered to suit your needs. Click
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1. The Donut Shop (501 John R. Junkin Dr, Natchez)
There’s no better way to start off a road trip than with some amazing food, and if you’re going to stop, you may as well stop at one of Natchez’s best restaurants. Aside from out-of-this-world donuts and other sweet treats, the Donut Shop has a reputation for serving some of the best tamales around, making it a great choice for breakfast or lunch.
2. Natchez Under-the-Hill (Silver Street, Natchez)
Whether you call it Silver Street or Natchez Under-the-Hill, this historic district, which is located on Natchez’s riverfront, is a must visit. After filling up on some amazing food, take some time to explore the area, where you’ll find restaurants, shops, gaming, the popular Natchez Under-the-Hill Saloon, and amazing views of the Mighty Mississippi.
3. McRaven Home (1445 Harrison St, Vicksburg)
While in Vicksburg, why not tour the state’s most haunted home, McRaven? Even if you’re not up for experiencing any paranormal activity, this is still a great stop since McRaven is also historically significant and somewhat of an architectural gem. See the home (and possibly some ghosts) for yourself by taking either a historical or haunted tour. For more information, click
4. Vicksburg National Military Park (3201 Clay St, Vicksburg)
It’d be impossible to stop in Vicksburg and not visit this historic military park. Spend time walking in the very area that one of the most significant battles of the Civil War took place all while learning about the battle through the markers and monuments that fill the park. Be sure to stop by the Visitors Center, where you’ll find life-sized exhibits and artifacts. Visiting the Vicksburg National Military Park will only cost you a minimal entry fee; however, if you prefer FREE, click
for a schedule of the park’s “fee-free” days.
5. Beatty Street Grocery (101 Beatty St, Jackson)
You’ll probably work up an appetite after soaking up all that history in Vicksburg, which is why heading to Jackson’s Beatty Street Grocery is the perfect next stop. A stop on the Mississippi Culinary Trail, this iconic eatery is known for its mouthwatering burgers and BLTs. The place is known to get pretty crowded at lunch time, so be prepared to wait. Check out the restaurant’s
for more information.
6. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Dr, Jackson)
Another must-visit site in the capital city, the Agricultural and Forestry Museum is anything but ordinary. And don’t let the name fool you; aside from information on agriculture’s role in the state, you’ll find a ton of interesting sites and exhibits, including Small Town, Mississippi – a replica of a standard 1920’s town that includes everything from a schoolhouse to a blacksmith shop. For more information, click
7. Dentzel Carousel (1802 Carousel Dr, Meridian)
Because you don’t often get the chance to take a ride on a rare carousel, a stop at this Meridian landmark is a must. Basically a work of art, the hand painted carousel was purchased in 1909 for $2,000. Today, it is estimated to be worth more than $1 million! Luckily a ride will only cost you $0.50; $1 will get you a tour. For more information, click
8. Railroad Museum (1805 Front Street, Meridian)
After a ride (or several) on Meridian’s famous carousel, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to the city’s Railroad Museum. The story of Meridian’s railroads vividly comes to life at this museum through old photographs, artifacts, and a model railroad – all of which is housed in a restored Railway Express Agency building that is more than 100 years old. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, visit the museum’s
9. Sciples Mill (525 Sciples Mill Rd, De Kalb)
A literal piece of history, Sciples Mill has been in business since the late-1700s and is one of only a few water-powered grist mills in the nation that’s still in operation. The mill can be toured daily at no cost, and even if you get there after hours, you’ll still be able to purchase some of the mill’s grits, flour, and corn meal thanks to an “honor box.” If you visit the mill on the weekend, be sure to wander across the street to the Water Mill Opry, a local hangout known for live music, dancing, and potluck meals.
10. GRAMMY Museum (800 W Sunflower Rd, Cleveland)
There are only two GRAMMY Museums in the entire country, and one of them just so happens to be right here in Mississippi. Be prepared to spend some time at this Cleveland gem because it’s filled with captivating exhibits and information on the state’s deep musical roots. Find more information
What are your favorite road trip destinations in the state?
Prefer a shorter trip? Check out “
Here Are 16 Unique Day Trips In Mississippi That Are An Absolute Must-Do.”