Mississippi Travel Guide

Mississippi Travel Guide

Mississippi Travel Guide

Mississippi is a state near the famous river Mississippi and the name is also derived from the same. Originally the name was taken from Native American word “Ojibwe” that means great river. Most of its border is covered with Mississippi river mainly on western side, and on the south it has a small coastline with Gulf of Mexico. The state is heavily forested, it does not only have a great rivers but also some major lakes and beautiful bays near the coastline. The state is also famous for its splendid literature, music and various forms of arts.

Mississippi is at times overlooked by the tourist yet there are some who seek out and discover many things in the state which they not only enjoy but also find it worth coming to this state. During the Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 most of the state was affected, to be specific the area near the gulf coast. But currently most of the part of state has resumed its normal life and also normal tourism is back to the regular routine, but still some of parts of the coastal area is limited and yet forbidden for the tourist area.

A unique combination of cities and countryside, historical and modernization contemporary look, porch swings and riverboat gaming. One will find lots of things to do in Mississippi. Combination of legendary hospitality of the state towards its guest and tourists makes the visit more memorable and unforgettable.

Some other key facts about the travel guide of Mississippi are; the capital city of the same is Jackson, the official language is English and the currency used is US Dollars.

Official language(s) English
Demonym Mississippian
Capital Jackson
Largest city Jackson
Area  Ranked 32nd in the US
 - Total 48,430 sq mi
(125,443 km2)
 - Width 170 miles (275 km)
 - Length 340 miles (545 km)
 - % water 3%
 - Latitude 30° 12′ N to 35° N
 - Longitude 88° 06′ W to 91° 39′ W
Population  Ranked 31st in the US
 - Total 2,938,618 (Jul 1, 2008 est.)
- Density 60.7/sq mi  (23.42/km2)
Ranked 32nd in the US
 - Median income  $36,338 (50th)
Elevation  
 - Highest point Woodall Mountain
806 ft  (246 m)
 - Mean 300 ft  (91 m)
 - Lowest point Gulf of Mexico
0 ft  (0 m)
Before statehood Mississippi Territory
Admission to Union  December 10, 1817 (20th)
Governor Haley Barbour (R)
Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant (R)
Legislature Mississippi Legislature
 - Upper house State Senate
 - Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R)
Roger Wicker (R)
U.S. House delegation 3 Democrats, 1 Republican
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Abbreviations MS Miss. US-MS
Website http://www.mississippi.gov

Mississippi Major Tourist Destination

Among so many tourist places the major cities in Mississippi are Jackson and Hattiesburg. Jackson been the capital city and is said to be the most populated city in the state is keenly known as the City with Soul. It is name after the US President Andrew Jackson and is said to be the home for many musicians. The zoo in the city has always proved to be a delightful visit to all the adults as well as children for more than a century.

Hattiesburg is said to be Forrest country and has got a nickname of The Hub City. It has the biggest training base for National Guard. The most interesting fact of the place is that it is the birth place of the Rock and Roll.

Mississippi Economy & Infrastructure

The per capita income of the state is very low when compared to the other state of the US. It is firmly said that people residing in Mississippi are the best one in making any kind of charitable contributions. Gambling and Casinos were legalized in Mississippi in the year 1990 which led the economic gains of the state. On the contrary during the Hurricane Katrina as most of the coastline were destroyed at that time much of the casinos were also lost which for some time hindered the economic growth. The native people of the state re-established the casinos that now yield enough revenue which very well supports the economic and educational development of the state. Industries came up quiet a late in the state due to the agricultural support. In most of the area basically the plantation and production of cotton was done. It was said that earlier Mississippi was not keen in investing the funds in public school, road and rails but later when the cotton farmers started with larger plantation then the same was done and huge network of the rails and roads were build. As far as the structure and transportation are concerned extra and unique artefacts and also the services like road, rail, water and air are now provided throughout the state.

Mississippi Culture

Mississippi is well known for its literature and music. The other facts that are yet undiscovered are its religious traditions that are equally inspiring. The people here have deep love; respect and great value for their tradition that has been inherited ages ago.  The USA International Ballet Competition that is held after every four years in Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi attracts talented dancers and performers from all over the world. The development of the “Blues” and “Country Music” has played a very significant and specific role in the musical legacy of the State.

Mississippi Things to Do and See

In Mississippi, people adore the outdoor activities a lot, as the research suggest that the density of the population is low which in turn increases the natural resources. Thus hunting, fishing, water sports, camping and hiking are the favourite one and the most popular ones. The casinos of the state are another fun to visit only if you are an adult and of 21 years old. For the foreign national one needs to carry a passport only then you are allowed in. Some wild life and civil parks are worth of visiting as they give a great experience and good sightseeing view.

The larger part of the state is rural and thus the dining options are quiet limited. You can enjoy the local dinner even at the smallest town of the state.