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What to see in Mississippi
Mississippi, also known as the Magnolia State, is filled with natural beauty and is steeped in history. It is no wonder people love this hospitable Southern state. There is lots to keep visitors occupied, whether it's the breath-taking views or the many notable historic sites.
The Gulf Coast Beaches and the water activities offered in and around the coastline are always popular with tourists. Apart from sunbathing and swimming, the Gulf Coast offers kayaking, paddling sports and boat cruises, all of which are sought-after.
History associated with the local Native American tribes and the battles of the American Civil War is a big draw for history buffs: The Vicksburg National Military Park immerses visitors in American military history and includes a cannon display and historic monuments; while the exhibits at the Old Capitol Museum explain the profound effects of the Civil War on Mississippi. In addition, there are six historical and national forests to explore, offering opportunities for fishing, boating, hunting, hiking and cycling.
Mississippi also has a lively cultural hub. Attractions such as the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum, as well as the Riley Centre where you can watch a stage play, give lovers of music and theatre something to enjoy. The state is also the birthplace of the Blues and has a plethora of high-quality live music venues to prove it.
In Mississippi there is beautiful scenery in almost every corner of the state. For the most spectacular landscapes, and a taste of the American Indian territory settled some 10,000 years ago, a drive through the Natchez Trace Parkway is a great way to spend a day. Hiking, horse riding and biking make for popular activities in the Parkway.
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