People book flights to Mississippi for various reasons: the quaint towns and wide-open spaces harbored by mansions with an interesting history is just one allure to travelers. Those travelers who book flights to Mississippi will find deep south state inviting and full of activity.
Most flights to Mississippi arrive in the state’s capital, Jackson, which is commonly recognized by its landmark capitol building. Travelers staying in Jackson will find a plethora of cultural centers, historic monuments, and museums to explore. If a mansion strikes your fancy, hop off your Mississippi flight and head to the city of Natchez, which lies on the Louisiana border and is home to dozens of preserved pre-war mansions.
Take some time to explore coastline of the “Magnolia State” on the sandy beaches of Biloxi and Gulfport. If you’re booking a flight to Mississippi for entertainment then you’re in luck – this state boasts some of the most well-artists of past generations including Tennessee Williams, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Rodgers, and BB King.
Popular Destinations in Mississippi
Mississippi has short mild winters and long humid summers. Summer temperatures are mostly the same throughout the state, and many places exceed 100 (F). The Gulf Coast is warmer in winter with average January temperatures in the low 50s while the northeast is in the low 40s. A small amount of snow or sleet is typical, but cold spells are so short the ground rarely freezes. Normal precipitation ranges from about 50 to 65 inches.The hurricane season is late summer and early fall, and tornadoes hit land in the spring.
Peak tourism along the Gulf Coast is June to September. The golf courses casinos and hotels continue to reopen since rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Book ahead for Mississippi flights and accommodations; until all hotels reopen, there are fewer rooms available.
Spring and fall are also popular times to book flights to Mississippi. The weather is mild, the wildflowers put on a show in the spring, and the fall foliage envies that of New England.
The Natchez Bluff Blues Fest is the third weekend in April, and the Greenville Mississippi Delta Blues Festival is the third weekend in September.
Costs of accommodations along the Gulf Coast drop considerably in the off season. Find a cheap flight to Mississippi and many discounted accommodations during the winter months.
Bus service along the coast is frequent, but less frequent inland. Trains run through the state, stopping at Jackson and Greenwood. Steamboating down the Mississippi River with ports of call at several cities is a relaxing but expensive tour of the western part of the state. Off the river, the best way to see Mississippi is by car.
The Delta is best seen from its back roads. You need to be careful as this is a gun-toting area, encounters with the local police are to be avoided, and camping is not recommended. That said, the birthplace of the blues has great music, scenery, and festivals, so book ahead.
The unspoiled Natchez Trace Parkway has no commercial vehicles, no advertising, and no commercial buildings. A two-lane meander from Jackson to Tupelo with plenty of places to stop. This parkway is also popular with bicycle tours.
Once you are in Natchez and Vicksburg, bus and horse-drawn carriage tours take you to the sights and battlefields. Downtown Natchez can also be explored on foot.
Along the Gulf Coast, beachcomber trolleys run from the beach to the business center of Gulfport.
(prices quotes are from London)