The state capitol building in Jackson
A bit of the blues? That’s a good thing.
Music figures prominently in the state’s heritage, whether blues, rock ‘n’ roll or country. The Mississippi Blues Trail recognizes blues pioneers, including Albert King, Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke and B.B. King. On the Country Music Trail, notable names on about 30 markers include Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Faith Hill and Tammy Wynette. Learn more about Jimmie Rogers, known as the “Father of Country Music,” at a museum in Meridian, where he was born.
Nearly everyone the world over recognizes Elvis Presley, the perennial “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The legend’s birthplace and childhood home still stands in Tupelo. Stand next to a life-size statue, portraying him at age 13, and step inside the church where his love for Southern gospel music began.
Another set of markers comprises the Freedom Trail, commemorating the work of men and women in Mississippi during the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and ’60s. To recognize that era of history, the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, the state capital, is planned for 2017.
Schedule time to explore a number of national and state parks, which offer opportunities to play outdoors, or seek out even more cultural pursuits at art museums and galleries. Book a stay at a quaint bed-and-breakfast or enjoy beachside luxury at a Gulf of Mexico resort – and keep those toes tapping.