Jackson, Mississippi, has seen its share of turmoil, but if there is one thing travelers booking flights to Jackson can count on it’s a city devoted to its civil liberties.
Throughout the 1960s, Jackson was a focal point of the Civil Rights movement. One civil liberties group in particular, The Freedom Riders, ended their struggle for equal rights in Jackson. Their journey (in which they rode in buses) to segregated states started in Washington, DC, and attempted to end in New Orleans. But in 1961, a large group of Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson for “disturbing the peace” after leaving their bus.
In spite of its turmoil, Jackson has maintained its southern charm and personality. Today, visitors booking flights to Jackson will find a city booming in health and technology innovations, and a city thriving in arts and urbanity. The most visited tourist attractions in Jackson include the Governor’s Mansion, the Old Capitol Museum, and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, which features a “Swamp” and an aquarium.
The weather in Jackson is warm and humid in summer, and mild in winter, temperatures never extreme at either end of the scale. Rainfall is fairly high, and can occur at any time of year. In the late summer and fall Jackson is sometimes in the path of hurricanes moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. Tornadoes are also a threat between February and May.
Jackson’s busiest tourist time is from mid-February to mid-March, when the month-long Dixie National Rodeo festival takes place.
Tornados threaten the city from February to May, and rain is a constant all year-round, but there is no real “off season” in Jackson. Take some time to plan ahead and you can find cheap flights to Jackson at any time of the year.
Driving is the best way to get around Jackson. Public transportation in Jackson can be difficult to manage. You won’t have trouble finding a ride, but you’ll find route times and fares vary. Many of Jackson’s attractions are outside the city, so renting a car is your best bet. You can also get a taxi by calling ahead of time or picking one up at your hotel.