Mississippi's nickname is The Magnolia State. But there's a lot more to the 20th state to join the Union than the sweet smells and unmistakable beauty that comes from the blooming magnolia tree. Mississippi has a long, rich history and interesting places for tourists to visit. Whether in the Delta region located in the northern part of the state, the capital city of Jackson in central Mississippi, or the Gulf Coast to the south, there are endless things to do and places to visit in this part of the South.
Just along the Mississippi river off Highway 20 about 45 minutes from the Capitol City of Jackson, the city of Vicksburg marks the site of the infamous 47 day Civil War battle. The Civil War is an indelible part of U.S. history and the siege of Vicksburg was the last major battle of the conflict and is often considered to be the turning point of the war. The Vicksburg National Cemetery is part of the park exhibit and is the final resting place of more than 17,000 Union soldiers in both marked and unmarked graves. It is a must visit for Civil War enthusiasts of all ages.
Down south along the Gulf Coast of the state is a popular tourist destination and is commonly referred to as the "Las Vegas of the South" due to an abundance of gaming casinos that are present in the area. The 62 miles of scenic coastline offers entertainment options from Golf, water and outdoor recreation and Museums. The city of Biloxi is the center of the Mississippi Gulf Coast region and there is no shortage of attractions and events that visitors can take part in and enjoy themselves. One unique area attraction is Beauvoir, the home of confederate president Jefferson Davis.