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Mississippi State Capitol

Mississippi State Capitol

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Mississippi Children's Museum

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Eudora Welty House

Eudora Welty House

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Residents of Jackson pride themselves on being the "City with Soul," because they infuse their lives with a passion for what they enjoy. Your front-desk clerk today may be crooning tunes tonight at the old train station, now known as Hal and Mal’s. Or your waiter today may be somebody else’s fishing guide tomorrow. This layering of passion and profession contributes to Jackson’s rich tapestry of artistic, cultural, and recreational opportunities. Located at the crossroads of Interstates 55 and 20, Jackson is Mississippi’s capital, as well as her largest city. Downtown bustles with more than 30 restaurants and bars, and is home to historic hotels as well as the Farish Street district, where blues pours through the walls at F. Jones Corner. The tree-lined Fondren neighborhood, where movie scenes from "The Help" were filmed, struts a midcentury architectural vibe laced with artsy boutiques and venues like Duling School, a 1928 elementary school retrofitted to house shops in the classrooms and a restaurant in the old auditorium. And the Greater Belhaven neighborhood welcomes visitors to house museums honoring Jackson’s literary giants Eudora Welty and Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander.A full buffet of culinary delights, a dozen top-notch museums, and a packed calendar of festivals and sporting events, including the Olympic-style USA International Ballet Competition, hosted by the city every four years, fuel Jackson’s energy all year long.

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A Showcase of Delta and Pinewoods Nature
A Showcase of Delta and Pinewoods Nature

See alligators, catfish and much more as you browse exhibits and walk 2.5 miles of nature trails at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

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The Eudora Welty House Will Delight Fans
The Eudora Welty House Will Delight Fans

Personal items and evocative memorabilia fill the restored house and garden of one of Mississippi’s best-known and most acclaimed writers.

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All About the Struggle for Equal Rights
All About the Struggle for Equal Rights

In the city’s first African American public school, the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center focuses on education and economic achievement.

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Secrets of Top Hotel Cleaners

What housekeeping pros want you to know about their job.

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Go Back in Time to See Rural Life As It Was
Go Back in Time to See Rural Life As It Was

The 40 acres of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum include a cotton gin, a 1920s-era Main Street and exhibits on farming and lumbering.

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7 Charming Small Hotels

Unforgettable inns for the discerning (and, yes, deep-pocketed) traveler.

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Take a Jaunt on the Natchez Trace Parkway
Take a Jaunt on the Natchez Trace Parkway

This 444-mile scenic drive passes through Jackson. Head north to reach trails or to visit the Mississippi Crafts Center to shop for regional artwork.

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