From its famous river to its famous people (Oprah!), Mississippi is big on personality, and with an even bigger welcome. It’s a state that offers so much to do and see. Take a Mississippi package vacation on the sunny Gulf Coast or see the state’s western border while canoeing down the Mississippi River for an unforgettable experience. Visit the Windsor Ruins for some serious history or take a tour of the Greek Revival mansions in Natchez. Whatever you do on your Mississippi vacations, you’ll have the best time.
If you like it hot then you’re in the right place - temperatures reach 90°F in summer. If you prefer it a little cooler, then spring and fall offer up wonderful sunny weather and blissfully balmy conditions with lower humidity. Mississippi is a vacation destination that’ll surprise and delight you all year round. The Mississippi River lies along the state’s border with Louisiana to the west and provides endless outdoor family vacation opportunities. Top it all off with that genuine Southern hospitality and friendliness, and you’ve got a winning combination. Visitors are welcomed openly and there are fascinating historic spots like the Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson to explore.
The Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum in Tupelo attracts thousands of visitors every year and is a must-see spot for any fans of the King. It’s part of the Mississippi Blues Trail, so after visiting Elvis’ birthplace stop by one of Tupelo’s live music venues to really get the full Mississippi Blues experience.
On the banks of the Mississippi River in Vicksburg you’ll find a preserved battleground from the American Civil War. The Vicksburg National Military Park has over a thousand historic monuments, as well as the gunship USS Cairo. A 12-mile walking trail takes you on a journey through time, and this park will be a favorite location for any history buffs.
1. Columbus - On the edge of Columbus Lake, this historic city is a great Mississippi vacation spot. Check out the Columbus Visitor Center before crossing the road to the former home of Tennessee Williams. On a family vacation you can head out to the lake for a boating trip and try your hand at fishing.
2. Biloxi - A Mississippi Gulf Coast vacation is all about sunshine and sandy beaches, and there’s no better place for it than Biloxi. Families will love relaxing on the Gulf Islands National Seashore and Ship Island near Ocean Springs, and couples on a city vacation can indulge at the tables in the casinos that line Biloxi’s waterfront.
3. Cleveland - Mississippi is known for its strong musical roots through blues, country, and gospel, and every travel guide will point you to Cleveland’s GRAMMY Museum. If blues is your thing, don’t miss a chance to visit Dockery Farm, where blues really began. Mississippi vacations in Cleveland means laid-back shopping, a great café scene, and day trips to the nearby Mississippi River.
4. Mississippi River - Starting in northern Minnesota, the Mississippi River winds down all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and provides tons of awesome activities for vacations in Mississippi. Hiking alongside the river or spending a day canoeing along the impressive waterway are fun activities for the whole family.
Mississippi never gets too cold, and even in winter you can have a wonderful vacation. Gulf of Mexico oysters come into season during winter, making Biloxi a seafood lover’s destination during the coolest months. Spring and fall have warm temperatures ideal for hiking and beach vacations. Summer can get into the low 90s°F and cooling off on the Mississippi Gulf Coast or the Mississippi River is an essential part of any summer vacation.
You can fly into Jackson Evers International Airport (JAN) for vacations in Jackson, and Vicksburg or Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) for Gulf Coast destinations. If you’re taking a family vacation in northern Mississippi then flying into Memphis International Airport (MEM) in Tennessee is easy. Hire a car to make the most of your vacations in Mississippi.