What does Mississippi look like, anyway? Some say it’s characterized by magnolias, foliage, and white sandy beach – some of which are undeveloped. 

But if you’re visiting the most touristy spots of the state, you’re also sure to see plenty of beautiful floral backdrops, many old 19th-century homes, and some lush Mississippi skies contrasting the lakes and rivers that sparkle in the summer. 

While you’re shooting natural scenery, however, don’t forget to photograph some of history’s most fascinating landmarks. Here are a few you have to see in person to believe. 

1. Gulf Islands National Seashore

Starting from Cat Island in Mississippi, the Gulf Islands National Seashore stretches all the way to Florida and offers some amazing white sand beaches, maritime forests, and picturesque coastal beaches along the shore. 

The Davis Bayou area has 52 campsites and ranger–led treks, while Fort Pickens and the Park Headquarters Visitor Centers offer military history and landmarks.

With already such beautiful natural backdrops at your disposal, you probably don’t need high-level photography skills to impress your Instagram audience.

2. The Mississippi Delta: Birthplace of Delta Blues Music

The Mississippi Delta is a great place to learn about the history of Mississippi Delta Blues music. Some of the best artists of the 1900s were born here and played here, giving the delta an almost mystic and spiritual feeling. 

You can tour the B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center and read about the talented and extraordinarily influential blues artist, perhaps one of the best of all time in the Mississippi Delta. Visitors to this museum can get a close-up perspective of the history of blues and King’s influence in the museum’s theater. 

Themed by era, the exhibits first introduce visitors to the Delta in the 1930s, during B. B. King’s adulthood and first job as a farmer. The museum also has a gift shop where guests can purchase B. B. King and blues-related souvenirs.

There are also blues music festivals and even a 12-Day Mississippi Delta Blues Tour from Civil Rights Trail Tours. 

3. Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum

Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. No surprise then that his home has been meticulously preserved as it was during his childhood, complete with period-appropriate decor.

Growing up, Elvis formed a close bond with his mother and fell in love with the gospel music he heard in church. Fans can visit his old home church as well and say hello to a legend. 

4. The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

The IMMS is a research organization dedicated to conservation, research, and education about marine mammals in Mississippi. 

The Institute primarily cares for injured and sick marine mammals in the area and also hosts week-long educational activities with day camps where you can see sea lions, dolphins, and other aquatic life. 

5. The Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a route originally used by Native Americans and it extends from Natchez, Mississippi through the state of Alabama and all the way to Nashville, Tennessee. 

It is a popular and beautifully scenic route to drive through, with plenty of sightseeing and things to do and see along the way.

Among the most popular tourist attractions are numerous archaeological dig sites, scenic views, and historical landmarks like the Tupelo and Brices Cross Roads battlefield. 

Mississippi Takes Great Photos!

You are sure to take some amazing photos while staying in Mississippi. If you can tear your camera away from the rivers, rustic farms, and coastal lighthouses, don’t forget to take a few shots of some of your favorite historical figures. Why not come schedule a photoshop in The Hospitality State? 

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