Here is the final installment in the Mississippi Bucket List series. Our next Bucket List state will feature Tennessee.
- Home Place Pastures: This is your chance to visit a working hog farm.
- Borroum’s Drugstore and Soda Fountain: This is the state’s oldest operating drug store and soda fountain.
- Chakchiuma Swamp: Great place for hiking and viewing wetland wildlife.
- Phillips Grocery: This place is said to have one of the “world’s best burgers.”
- Circle G Ranch: This was where Elvis took his honeymoon.
- Tishomingo State Park: This park has a swinging bridge popular among tourist.
- Mineral Springs Park: A place to check out famous drinking water which one a prize at the 1902 World’s Fair.
- Woodall Mountain: This is the highest point in Mississippi and would make a fun climb.
- Nesbit Blueberry Plantation: I love blueberries, so would love to visit this place. However, that can only be done in the summer.
- Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum: A great place to see where Elvis grew up.
- Tupelo Hardware Company: This is where Elvis’ mom bought his first guitar.
- Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center: This is one that will give me another stamp in my National Park Passport Book.
All ideas taken from the Mississippi 2018 Travel Guide.
Phew! Things have been a bit of a whirlwind after learning that we will be moving to South Dakota this summer following Andrew’s Call Day placement ceremony at the end of April. We’ve finally made all our moving plans and now are spending a month on the road visiting family before heading back to St. Louis to back up our belongings and move north in the middle of July. I will do my best to stay more active on this blog even through all those transitions, but no promises!
Here’s the 4th of 5 installments in the Mississippi Bucket List Regions.
- Catfish Museum: This is apparently the Catfish Capitol of the World which makes it worth the stop as is. It also claims to be home to the World’s Largest Catfish, which is interesting since we thought we had recently visited that in Whapeton, ND.
- Delta Blues Museum: Great place to get some history on Blues in this area.
- Grammy Museum Mississippi: This is the first Grammy museum to be built outside of the Los Angeles area.
- Greenville Cypress Preserve Trust: This sounds like a fun place to visit to see the natural beauty of the area.
- Self Guided Driving Tour of “The Help”: I loved both the book and movie so I think this would be really fun!
- B.B. King Museum: Museum dedicated to the King of the Blues.
- Birthplace of Kermit the Frog Museum: Doesn’t need much explanation. I love the Muppets!
- Onward Store: This store was where Teddy Bears made their debut.
- Tunica Riverpark and Museum: Provides a nice walk along the river and gives a brief history of the area.
- Gateway to the Blues Museum: Gives a nice overview of the Blues genre.
All ideas were pulled from both the 2017 and 2018 Mississippi Travel Guides.
The third region of Mississippi that we will explore via Bucket List is the Pines Region.
- Friends of Armory Museum Model Railroad Exhibit: I’ve always enjoyed seeing displays of model railroads so this should be neat to check out.
- Bill’s Hamburgers: I don’t usually post restaurants in my Bucket List series, but this one has been around for 75 years and featured on Travel Channel.
- Dunn’s Falls: I love a good hike to a waterfall!
- Kosciusko Museum and Visitor Center: This is Oprah’s hometown, so it seems worth a stop.
- “Around Town Carousels Abound”: Meridian is home to a large carousel, but I’d much rather see the artwork inspired by said carousel.
- Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library: I find any presidential library fascinating!
All attractions were found in the 2018 Mississippi Travel Guide
Here is a region of Mississippi that we actual visited about a year and a half ago, but I’m realizing as I write this list that there was so much in the area we still missed out on! I guess that’s what we get for making this area a pit stop on the way to New Orleans!
- Canton Movie Museums: I’m not sure how much in this museum would interest me, but apparently several movies have been made in Canton and the museum includes props from those movies.
- Natchez National Historical Park: We’ve visited here on our trip, but only toured the outside of the houses due to timing and hours that they were open. I’d love to go back and take the actual tours.
- Bluff’s Park: We briefly walked along the Bluff on a trail near the visitor center when getting our National Park Passport stamped, but I’m sure this park be a beautiful way to take in the river views.
- Mississippi Museum of History: I love visiting state museums to learn the history. This was being remodeled when we took our trip so we missed out on visiting.
- Mississippi Civil Rights Museum: This is located next to the Museum of History so you might as well visit both at once. I think this museum would be especially interesting given it’s location in Jackson which was a pivotal place of the Civil Rights movement.
- International Museum of Muslim Cultures: Growing up in the Lutheran Church, I think this would be a fascinating museum to visit and probably eye opening as well.
- Civil Rights Driving Tour: This would be a fun way to visit lots of key sites from the Civil Rights Movement.
- Old State Capitol Museum: While in Jackson we toured the current state capitol building, but I don’t believe the old one was open while we were in town.
- Mississippi State Capitol: This should be on anyone’s list who is visiting Jackson. You can read about our visit here.
- Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum: I think this would be a great way to learn about some of Mississippi’s great industries.
- Vicksburg National Military Park: We stopped by Vicksburg for several hours on our way down to New Orleans. It was well worth the visit and you’ll definitely want to give yourself the day to see it all if you go.
- Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum: I’m sure it’s probably small, but I’m sad we missed this place! This is where Coca-Cola was first bottled!
All attractions have been found in the 2018 Mississippi Travel Guide
Today we make our way to Mississippi for the Bucket List series! This will be the first in five posts for this series. Since we just came from Florida in the Bucket List series, lets start with Mississippi’s Coastal Region!
- “Beauvoir”- Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library: Home to the first and only president of the Confederacy, I find it fascinating that he has his own presidential library.
- Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum- I always love visiting maritime museums, but this was has the added intrigue of seafood industry.
- Fort Massachusetts: This fort was built during the War of 1812
- deGrummond Children’s Literature Collection: I love children’s literature and this is one of North America’s leading research centers dealing with it.
- Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum: This museum shows what it’s like to live in a hurricane zone and the recovery efforts people put into rebuilding the towns they’ve grown to love
Of course there are many beaches to check out in the area as well!
All attractions found in either the 2017 or 2018 Mississippi Travel Guides.
A few years back I stumbled upon an article on Facebook that listed the “Best Ice Cream Place” in every state. We were pleased to see Missouri’s was located downtown in Lafayette Square and made a quick trip down to Clementine’s. Clementine’s is known for it’s “naughty” flavors that included alcohol. Neither Andrew and I are big alcohol lovers, so we both tried nice flavors that day.
Fast forward to just a month ago, we just revisited Clementine’s, only this time in their new location in the DeMun neighborhood just west of Forest Park, and right across the street from the east end of the seminary. Andrew and I were out for a walk around campus and figured we would treat ourselves to some dessert.
The place was packed when we arrived with no seats left indoors. We had to wait in line for quite a while as there was only one person working and she had to constantly go back and forth from serving to the register, washing her hands in between each time. You also can sample flavors before ordering, so this added to the time we spent in line as several people in front of us tried several samples before deciding what they wanted.
I sampled one flavor when we finally had our turn in line and that’s the flavor I chose to get, Midnight Pleasures. Andrew opted for the Nutella flavor. They make all of their ice cream from scratch with the finest natural ingredients. Flavors rotate quite often.
Since the inside was rather full even after waiting in line, we opted to enjoy some warmer weather we were having that week, and enjoyed our ice cream outside in their small patio area located just in front of the store. These patio areas are common around this whole neighborhood and you can spot several more from other restaurants by taking a quick stroll further up the street.
While I’m not sure that I’d call Clementine’s the “best” ice cream I’ve ever eaten, it is right up there near the top. Be sure to stop in and check out whatever unique flavors they have out for the day.
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Day three of our trip gave us an early start in Natchez. We drove over to the Natchez National Historical Park Visitor Center along the river to get my Passport stamped and then drove past the William Johnson House (couldn’t go in because they are currently short staffed and closed the day we were there) and then walked through the grounds of Melrose Estate. Finally began to get the feel of the Southern Plantation life.
From there we continued on to New Orleans. Getting there early, we decided to head straight down the the French Quarter. Parking was a pain to find, but we eventually found a parking garage near Bourbon Street. Never again will we park along that stinky, filthy, street. I have no idea why everyone enjoys it so much, other than if you purely want to go to get drunk at anytime of day.
We quickly headed towards the river, away from Bourbon Street. The main street along the river is much cleaner, although still filled with homeless. Our first stop was Jackson Square and the Saint Louis Cathedral. The cathedral was beautiful, but we giggled over the fact that signs said “Please remain quiet” and they had drills running at top speed on the second level balcony that roared over everything as they refurbished something up above.
From there we walked all the way down to the Old U.S. Mint building, where the Jazz National Historical Park is currently being housed as the renovate their visitor center. We were able to take in the second half of their free concert, which was pretty awesome to be able to say that we got our New Orleans Jazz in during our first hour or so in the city.
After walking back to our car in the heat and smell, we determined we’d had enough of the city for the day. We drove over to our Super 8, which is located right next to an abandoned Holiday Inn still left behind from Hurricane Katrina. It was obvious our hotel’s neighborhood still was attempting to recover nearly a decade later. While the neighborhood wasn’t much to look at, our hotel was nice, aside from the pool undergoing maintenance that day. We decided to stay in the rest of the night and ordered a pizza! New Orleans had already taken a toll on us in only our first afternoon there and we didn’t feel like paying for parking to go back in for some authentic cuisine that night!
After spending the night in Jackson our first stop of the day was the Mississippi State Capitol. We were greeted warmly by the staff and even though we decided on a self-guided tour, the nice older tour guide gave us a brief intro. We enjoyed following our way through the sheet of information and also enjoyed hunting for the portrait of Robin Williams great grandfather among the governor portraits. They also had a really neat exhibit put together about the dome.
Following our visit to the capitol, we drove about an hour west to Vicksburg to visit Vicksburg National Military Park. We began our time in the visitor center, learning a little bit about life in Vicksburg during the Civil War and how the Union became victorious throughout the battle. Then it was back in the car for the driving tour of the battlefield. We simply used the guide we received when coming in and stopped at all the major numbers along the way. Plan extra time for this place folks! We were here far longer than I expected. About halfway through the park, there is another museum: The U.S.S. Cairo Museum, where you can see the remains of the U.S.S. Cairo, a battleship used during the Civil War. This was a highlight for Andrew during our visit to Vicksburg.
Our next stop took us even further west, into Epps, Louisiana. We visited Poverty Point National Historic Monument, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a State Historic Site. Similar to the Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site in Cahokia, IL, here at Poverty Point you can see old Native America Mounds and the remnants of a city long forgotten. It was extremely hot and muggy the day we visited, so we opted not to climb the mound and just drove along the tram route in our car, stopping at the various numbers that guided us along the way.
Our time in Louisiana was short lived for the moment as we drove back southeast into Mississippi for the night to reach our hotel in Natchez. We were greeted warmly by the hotel staff at the Days Inn and even offered their free dinner they served during the week!