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Top 10 Places to Visit in Mississippi

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#1 Jackson

The capital city Jackson on the Pearl River is the most populous city of Mississippi. Named after General Andrew Jackson, Jackson was founded as the site for a new state capital. Today, it is home to the Jackson State University and numerous musicians. Jackson is filled with number of fun places for children and whole family. Things to see and places to visit include Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Jackson Zoo, Mississippi Children's Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art, Old Capitol Museum, Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

Gulf Islands National Seashore
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#2 Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore is known for its white sandy beaches and the aquamarine waters. It offers recreation opportunities such as boat ride, camping, and fishing along the Gulf of Mexico of Mississippi. The seashore features beaches, historic sites, and wildlife sanctuaries. The area includes trails, picnic areas, and campgrounds.

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#3 Biloxi

Biloxi is known as the first permanent European settlement in French Louisiana. The historic city is popular in tourist for its beachfront. The city was hardly hit by Hurricane Katrina making it 5th largest from 3rd largest city in the state. Now the city is known for meorial to Katrina victims that was created by local artists. Biloxi is home eight popular casino resorts. Things to do and family fun places to visit include Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Beauvoir, Biloxi Lighthouse, and Walter Anderson Museum of Art.

Natchez Trace Parkway
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#4 Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444 mile historic scenic road that extends from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. The national parkway runs through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. The southern end of the route is in Natchez and the northern end is in Fairview, Tennessee. Historical sites along the Parkway include Meriwether Lewis Museum, Mount Locust stand, Historic French Camp, and Mississippi Craft Center. Attractions along the parkway include Gordon House Historic Site, Jackson Falls, Tobacco Barn & Old Trace Drive, Fall Hollow Waterfall, Meriwether Lewis Burial Monument, Old Trace Drive, and Rock Spring.

Vicksburg National Military Park
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#5 Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg National Military Park located in Vicksburg preserves the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg. The park includes many hiking and walking trails. The Tour Road offers up to 16 miles of walk, run, or bicycle experience. Vicksburg National Military Park has 1,325 historic monuments and markers. Other notable areas include antebellum homes, cannons, restored gunboat USS Cairo, and the Grant's Canal site.

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#6 Clarksdale

Clarksdale is located along the Sunflower River in the Mississippi Delta. The city is named after settler John Clark who founded the city in 19th century. The historic city is known for its important role in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. It is also known for its significant in the history of the blues. Popular places to visit and things to do include Delta Blues Museum, Mississippi Blues Trail, The Blues Crossroads, and Clarksdale Walk of Fame.

Clark Creek Natural Area
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#7 Clark Creek Natural Area

Clark Creek Natural Area is located in southwestern Mississippi near Woodville. The 700 acres park features around 50 waterfalls ranging 10 to 30 feet high. It has mixed hardwood and pine forest with beech and magnolia trees. Uncommon trees found in the area are Southern sugar maple, serviceberry, umbrella tree, pyramid magnolia, chinquapin oak, big leaf snowball, silverbell, and witch-hazel. Park activities include hiking, photography and bird watching.

Dunn's Falls Park
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#8 Dunn's Falls Park

Dunn's Fall's Water park is located in the pristine hills along the Chunky River. This park features a 65-foot water fall that was created in 1850 by Irish immigrant John Dunn. Park main attraction is the waterfall with iconic water wheel. Other attractions of the park include 1857 grist mill and natural trails. Recreation activities include hiking, swimming, boating, canoeing, picnicking, camping, and fishing.

Arkabutla Lake
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#9 Arkabutla Lake

Arkabutla Lake on the Coldwater River is a reservoir located near Hernando, MS and Memphis, TN. The lake was created on Arkabutla Dam that is located 4 miles north. Arkabutla Lake is known for wide variety of recreational opportunities and it attracts more than 2 million visitors annual. Recreation activities include hiking, biking, fishing, boating, camping, horseback riding, and picnicking.

Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
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#10 Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is located in Noxubee, Oktibbeha, and Winston counties. The 48,000 acres refuge is comprised of bottomland and upland woodlands. It servers as resting and feeding area for migratory birds. Bluff and Loakfoma are two major lakes of the area making most of the wetlands within refuge. It also includes server reservoirs providing habitat for wood stork, American alligator, bald eagle and other waterfowl. Places to visit include Goose Overlook, Morgan Hill Overlook, and Bluff Lake Boardwalk. Recreation activities include hiking, fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing.

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