Considered the South’s playground, Biloxi, Mississippi is a beautiful beach town along the Gulf of Mexico. Head here to enjoy some gorgeous Southern architecture, learn more about the Civil War, and relax along Mississippi’s pristine coastline.
You will definitely want to rent a car to get around Biloxi as there is not much in the sense of public transportation. However, once you have your own set of wheels, you will find it easy to get around and explore the different attractions Biloxi offers. To learn a little more about one of the United State’s most definitive times, head to Beauvoir, the retirement home of Confederate president, Jefferson Davis. Afterwards, plan in a stop at the nearby Civil War Museum. Here, you will get insights into the “rebel” side of the war, from memorabilia and even reenactments.
For even more Civil War era history, head to the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. In this museum, you are able to learn more about what it was like to be an African-American after the war. While there, you can further enjoy the museum’s many abstract art and sculpture collections.
Be sure to pay your respects at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial. The hurricane devastated Biloxi, destroying or damaging much of what had made it famous and taking the lives of many residents. While it may be a more somber experience, it is extremely helpful in understanding and appreciating the city for what it is today.
On a lighter note, enjoy over thirty miles of beach along the Gulf Coast. Climb the Biloxi Lighthouse, which has been around since 1848 and has survived even the most intense weather. If you want to, take a ferry out to one of the many islands that make up the nearby Gulf Islands National Seashore. They are largely uninhabited and great for day hikes. The most popular choice is Ship Island, which holds Fort Massachusetts.