The 10 Best Sightseeing Tours in Mississippi!
From THE BEST THINGS IN MISSISSIPPI
by Amy Gremillion
Mississippi is a beautiful state, full of gorgeous landscapes, historic homes, and modern marvels. A sightseeing tour is a great way to get a new perspective on the Magnolia State, offering a chance to slow down and take in what our state really has to offer. These are our picks for the top 10 sightseeing tours in Mississippi.
1. Geo Heli Jackson Helicopter Charters, Jackson, MS
Take in the beauty of Central Mississippi from an angle most people will never see with a chartered helicopter ride from Geo Heli Jackson. They offer a number of tour packages which range from one to six passengers. You’ll see the landscape of Jackson like never before as you hover above the city. This is perfect for a special occasion!
2. Coast Adventures, Biloxi, MS
Enjoy a beautiful day sightseeing on the Mississippi Sound with Coast Adventures, located in the Biloxi Marina. You’ll set sail on the 36-foot Guardian, which is regularly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard. Take a day trip to see Deer Island, or sign up for a cool and romantic evening with one of their sunset tours. Be sure to book early!
3. Soaring Sports Balloon Rides, Hattiesburg, MS
Mississippi’s Pine Belt is known for having beautiful expanses of pine-filled woods. See it as never before with a leisurely hot air balloon ride from Soaring Sports Balloon Rides in Hattiesburg. You can choose from a shared excursion, private trips, or even a tethered trip if you feel a little uncertain about soaring through the sky.
4. Historic Double Decker Bus Tours, Oxford, MS
One of the most popular sightseeing trips in Oxford is a trip aboard the Double Decker Public Bus. These fun trips are held during the spring and fall and take place before home football or baseball games. The bus ride is an hour long, and you’ll see the Ole Miss campus, the historic square downtown, and more.
5. Delta Bohemian Tours, Clarksdale, MS
Take a tour across the Mississippi Delta with your host Chilly Billy Howell. With his witty, warm personality, Chilly Billy will create an experience you’ll never forget as you explore Clarksdale and beyond, learning about the area’s rich history, including native son Tennessee Williams, the Delta’s blues past (and present), and its role in the Civil War.
6. Greenville Suggested Itineraries, Greenville, MS
The city of Greenville’s Convention and Visitors Bureau has developed a number of self-guided tours designed to help you experience the historic city of Greenville at your own pace. They provide you with suggested itineraries, available on their website, which include everything from a two-day museum trip and a blues excursion to Man-cations and Girl Power packages.
7. Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, Natchez, MS
Each year in the fall and spring, visitors and locals alike flock to historic downtown Natchez for the Natchez Pilgrimage traditions. Different tours are held on different days, visiting some of the area’s most impressive mansions and plantations. Learn about the history of these sites as you marvel at the craftsmanship and architecture.
8. Elvis Presley Tours, Tupelo, MS
If you are fan of The King, you won’t want to miss this Elvis-themed tour of Tupelo, the city where he was born. You’ll see the house where he was born, along with the hardware store where Elvis’ mother bought him his first guitar, and you’ll stop for lunch at Johnnie’s Drive-In, which was one of Elvis’ favorite places to eat.
9. Walking Tour of Downtown Jackson, Jackson, MS
Downtown Jackson Partners has created two self-guided walking tours for visitors who want to explore more about the city of Jackson. Each has a number of unique stops, like the Governor’s Mansion, the Old and New Capitol buildings, Thalia Mara Hall, and the Eudora Welty Library. You’ll enjoy both architecture, history, and modern convenience as you stroll through downtown.
10. Heritage Tours of Historic Columbus, Columbus, MS
Heritage Tours are offered by the Historic Columbus Foundation to introduce the beauty and history of this memorable city. You’ll tour two historic homes located on Broadway, learning about the origins of the homes and the families who first lived in them. The tour lasts about an hour and covers over 150 years of history! You can also add on a driving tour of the Columbus Historic District, High Uptown, and Black Heritage Trail.
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