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Old 07-10-2012, 03:21 PM
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Hi everyone! I'm from China and I'll have a bussinees trip to Natchez later this week and I'm planning to fly into Jackson early Thursday and leaving late Friday. I really want to see and know as much I can in this short trip though my previous knowledge about Mississippi is mostly the Mississippi River and its role in the Civil War.

I did a bit of research and found that National Military Park in Vicksburg is a place worth visiting. My route to Natchez can take Natchez Trace Parkway and Natchez is famous for its Antebellum Houses. Curiously, I didn't find much in Jackson.

I love American history and scenic beauty. Any local expertize as to where to visit and eat will be appreciated!
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:02 PM
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With your interest in the Civil War, you can tour Natchez, Port Gibson, and Vicksburg by driving up and down U.S Highway 61.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:50 PM
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When you go to Vicksburg, make sure you take a look at the USS Cairo--a Civil War era gunship that they pulled out of the water some 40 or so years ago. That's probably one of the best sites at the military park there.

You've bout got it covered--Natchez and Vicksburg. I might suggest the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the places furthest from the casinos (or "ku-see-nuhs" is the way Haley Barbour pronounced the term) along business route 90 that borders the gulf. That's quite a nice drive out there in the "country" next to the beach. Otherwise, if they're still doing it following Katrina, you need to take the ride out to Ship Island--it's rustic so go prepared if they're still doing that.

As far as Jackson goes, you can check out the Manship House museum, the Natural History Museum, and the old capitol. Other than that Jackson sucks in my opinion. I can't think of any good food there other than Ding How in Ridgeland, but you probably don't want Asian food since you're coming from China.

I like the dive Cool Al's Burgers when I'm in Jackson, but it's a dive.

As far as Tupelo goes, there's Elvis Presley birthplace and museum, but that's been moved from its original location out to east Tupelo (it was originally in what is today the "black" section of town and once city elders decided to embrace Elvis after his 1977 death, they had the house moved to its current location so as to better promote that tourism). If you're in Tupelo, eat at Romie's--probably the best southern fare in town. Other than that Tupelo is like you died and woke up in bumpkin heaven.

Clarksdale has the tourist trap Ground Zero, and all along the Delta there's famous blues sites, but these are just mostly markers that state so-and-so was born on such-and-such plantation.

Try to see Jefferson College MDAH | Historic Jefferson College
I'd say that's one of the best historic sites in the state, next to Natchez in general and the military park at Vicksburg.

Corinth in the northeast corner of the state has a Civil War battlefield site that I've heard has had some money pumped into it in the past 10 years, but I haven't been there to see how extensive it is. Lots of Civil War sites in Mississippi are just markers with a couple of canon sitting nearby and that's it (other than Vicksburg, of course).

One of my favorite places in Mississippi is Tishomingo State Park in the northeast corner of the state. You can drive the Natchez Trace from Natchez up to the park (about a good 4 hour drive or a little more depending on how fast you drive). There's a swinging bridge and cliffs.

As far as eating goes, it's hit or miss. Outside of Winona in the country is a nice little catfish house, but I can't remember it's name. It's cheap and really authentic. Anthony's eatery in West Point is nice.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:17 AM
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Thank you guys, especially Diogenes for your very helpful and detailed suggestions. I'm looking forward to my trip now!
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