If you’re looking for a diverse variety of attractions, food and fun in a concentrated area, the capital city and central Mississippi are ready for you. Jackson has two State Capitol buildings—the “old” and the “new,” and both are open for fascinating tours that will give you new insights into Mississippi’s history. In Jackson, visit the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty. While you’re in the metro area, enjoy authentic Southern home cooking at restaurants like Two Sisters Kitchen and Fannin Mart Restaurant. Don’t forget to try some famous Mississippi catfish at Cock of the Walk on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. For haute cuisine, try the acclaimed Parlor Market, BRAVO! or Walker’s Drive-In.

The Capital/River Region is home to several markers on the Mississippi Freedom Trail, which commemorates key Civil Rights leaders and events throughout the state. Visit the home of Medgar Evers and the Greyhound station where Freedom Riders were arrested for integrating the buses.

Families will love the 40,000 square foot Mississippi Children’s Museum, where kids can play on the world’s largest Scrabble board and interact with many other fun, educational exhibits. Find your favorite brands at affordable prices at the Outlets of Mississippi in Pearl and Outlets at Vicksburg.

Classical music lovers can take in a performance by the Mississippi Opera or the Jackson Symphony Orchestra at Thalia Mara Hall. Movie buffs will love seeing the settings of popular movies such as “The Help” and “A Time to Kill” in Jackson and nearby Canton. Called the “Movie Capital of Mississippi,” Canton greets visitors with a historic and charming downtown courthouse square.

Along the mighty Mississippi River, Civil War history buffs and foodies alike flock to Vicksburg and Natchez. Be sure your itinerary includes the Vicksburg National Military Park and the antebellum homes Monmouth Plantation and Dunleith in Natchez, which feature fine dining restaurants. Freshly made tamales are always on the menu at Solly’s Tamales in Vicksburg and Fat Mama’s in Natchez.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do in the Capital/River region. Its woodlands are renowned for hiking and bird watching on trails that wind through untouched wilderness. Cycling along the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway is popular year-round for beginners and experienced riders. Canoeing and kayaking are favorite pastimes along the Pearl River, the Ross Barnett Reservoir, Pelahatchie Creek and other locations. In the fall, the Country Club of Jackson hosts the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship. Jackson is also home to many national and world-class equestrian events that will delight horse lovers.

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