Favorite thing: Mississippi was a state where I felt that I could actually be lazy and not feel guilty about it. Maybe it comes from the friendly, slow way that people talk and treat you, or from the trees that have the moss growing on them reminding you of a southern plantation. It is definately a state where you don't have to be in a hurry!
Visit the casinos at Biloxi. The city at the Gulf Coast is a gambling town. The photo shows one of the casinos at the shoreline.
Fondest memory: Passing through the state in the Greyhound bus while the sun rose above the swamps. And out of the earphones of my walkman sounded some dirty blues.
Favorite thing: Tunica is a fun place for gambling. Its along the river and the casino town is just sorta by itself a great place to get away and relax too. Gold Strike is the tallest casino and one of the nicest and it has cheap rates esp. thru the week. They have great buffets and a spa, a pool, and a workout room. Most casinos have shows too.
Favorite thing: Visit Vicksburg National Military Park commemorating one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War. The Vicksburg campaign lasted from March 29 to July 4, 1863. There are 1325 historic markers and monuments. Here is a picture of a reenactment of the Battle of Vicksburg.
Visit the Tullis-Toledano Manor built in 1856. It is one of the Gulf Coast's most unique examples of antebellum architecture. It is located at 360 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi. For information phone:
Fondest memory: You can get to the Manor via the Ole Biloxi Tour Train (pictured here) which is a 90 minute tour leaving from the Biloxi Lighthouse.
Favorite thing: There is plenty offered in Mississippi from Natchez to Tunica, the old and the new. I recommend a drive up old highway 61, I've done it several times, you get to see cotton fields and steam boats, neon lights and poker chips, plantations and shanty towns, all with in a short drive along the famous Mississippi River.
Favorite thing: Visit the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport. this home of the Atlantic Fleet Seabees has group tours. It is located about 50 miles east of New Orleans. It is the home of the Atlantic CBs.
Take a Bayou Tour in Bay St. Louis. This is a narrated boat tour through the bayous, wetlands and rivers.
Cookie's Bayou Tour is located at 10774 Highway 603 in Bay St. Louis. For information phone:
Visit the Casino's at Robinsonville. There is Hollywood, Harrah's, Sam's Town, Isle of Capri, Fitzgeralds, Gold Strike, Horseshoe, Sheraton, The Grand Casino and Bally's.
I have also visited the Gulfport and Biloxi area.
Fondest memory: Have lots of good memories. Not any big money winning memories just lots of little trips with a full stomach from the buffets.
Visit Oxford. I bet you've been told this already. I lived in Oxford for a large chunk of my life so far, and there is no cooler place in Mississippi. Understand what Faulkner was going on about. See our cute Square (many movies filmed here). Visit Ole Miss, which is beautiful and exactly what you'd expect from a state school in the Deep South. I hate the word 'quirky,' but you gotta use it -- I mean, the Square features a British phone booth (it works) and the city bought a double-decker red bus in celebration of Oxford's namesake. Come on, it's quirky.
Fondest memory: The sounds. The music and the people talking. I ran into some southerners (tourists) near my home a few weeks ago and wanted to hug them because they sounded like home. :)
Favorite thing: Visit Oxford. The home of Faulker, Grisham, and Ole Miss (the University of Mississippi), Oxford is a gorgeous old Southern college town with great antebellum architecture and blooming magnolia trees. More so than anywhere else in the South, you can feel like you've stepped into Gone with the Wind. It's just a wonderful little town.
Favorite thing: A bunch of guys from Lexington took some time off and got involved in neighborhood cleanup following huricane Katrina. If you have never given this kind of assistance try it the next time there is a need.
It's always a good idea to stop at a visitors center upon entering a new state but in Mississippi, this is an especially good idea. Those polite Southerners;-) They offer you a choice of beverage upon entering so while you get help with maps or pick up a few free brochures, you can sip on water, Sprite, or Coca-Cola.
Note: This happened to me at the visitors center off the 55 as I entered the state from Memphis. It may not be true of all visitors centers.
Favorite thing: On August 17 1969, Hurricane Camille made landfall in this area and killed over 100 people. This is a memorial for all those who perished in the storm. The mosaic at the memorial was made from pieces of glass, pottery, and other types of ceramics recovered after the storm. The artist took these pieces and made a mosaic in the shape picturing a hurricane.
Of the 50 United States there is not one which better represents the "Deep South" than the state of Mississippi. And there is no more fitting symbol of Mississippi than the stately evergreen Magnolia tree. It's no wonder that Mississippi is known as "The Magnolia State."
Several varieties of magnolia are found throughout the world but it is the Southern Magnolia, or Magnolia grandiflora, that is native to the southeastern United States. The tree boasts large, showy white flowers as big as 15 inches across, they are named for the famed 18th century French botanist Pierre Magnol.
When Mississippi school children were asked to vote for a state flower in 1900, they selected the magnolia over a group that included cape jasmine, yellow jasmine and cotton. However, the state legislature did not act upon the selection and it remained unofficial. A similar election for state tree in 1935 gave the magnolia a landslide victory, one that was made official on April 1, 1938. On February 26, 1952, the Mississippi legislature also adopted the magnolia as the state flower, opposed by only one vote.
The Magnolia is also portrayed on the Mississippi State Quarter, released in 2002.
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