is where you'll find pieces of the Old South preserved as if you had stepped back
into the 1800s when cotton was king and this grand state was its throne. In fact,
Natchez, which is perched 200 feet above the Mississippi River, is the oldest
civilized settlement on the river, even older than New Orleans. And during
a five-week period in spring, tourists from all over the world converge on Natchez
to tour the historic mansions filled with exquisite furniture. The event has even
been called a "pilgrimage" by those who make the journey.
is also a growing business destination. The city of Jackson has a convention center
with a seating capacity for 10,000 and dining capacities for up to 2,800 at a
single event. A more sandy and southern alternative is The Mississippi Coast Coliseum
& Convention Center located in Biloxi, right across the street from the beach
and the Gulf of Mexico. It's also just steps away from 17,000 hotel rooms and
a number of casinos, for those who want to try their luck at the tables and slot
O N V E N T I O N V I S I T O R S B U R E A U S
out what's new in Mississippi by visiting the Mississippi
Division of Tourism website. Order a free vacation guide, browse
the events calendar and discover the state's many attractions. www.visitmississippi.org
offers a variety of attractions Civil War battlefield, historic homes, museums,
Vicksburg Factory Outlet Mall, Historic downtown, antique and specialty shops.
Enjoy excellent southern cuisine, unique inns, hotels and casinos. All this and
much, much more. www.vicksburgcvb.org
26 miles of scenic coastline, Mississippi's
Gulf Coast is the longest manmade
beach in the world. The area also offers world class gaming, resort accommodations,
world renowned saltwater fishing, the best seafood and regional dining and more
than 20 golf courses. www.gulfcoast.org.
Author and photographer Eudora Welty was born in 1909 in Jackson,
Mississippi. Some of Welty's work depicts the deep South during
the early part of our century especially the depression.