Mississippi is officially the most affordable place to live as of 2021, so you know what that means - road trip! Or a plane trip, or however it is a person needs to travel in order to get to this great state. While it might be surprising that Mississippi has the lowest cost of living in the U.S., it's not surprising that there's plenty to see and do in the Magnolia State.

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From vintage cars to Ole Miss football, and even the birthplace of Elvis Presley and a petrified forest, Mississippi seems to have it all. In fact, there's so much to see and do in this state that you'd likely need at least a month just to see most of it - which is exactly why it makes for a great vacation. The best getaways are those which feel unfinished, constantly bringing travelers back for more after they've fallen in love with a place. Mississippi and its southern charm and deep-rooted history are sure to do the same, given the chance.

Great River Road Is One Of The Most Scenic Drives In America

The first thing travelers can do when they get to Mississippi is actually free. Great River Road has been hailed as one of the most scenic drives in the country, with incredible views of the Mississippi River and surrounding foliage.

Although the road runs through the entire country, its views once crossing the Mississippi state line are breathtaking.

Cruisin' The Coast Shows Off More than 7,000 Vintage Cars

For all the vintage cars you could ever want to see in your life, Cruisin' the Coast is a must for car lovers. More than 7,000 cars roll through every year and each one is sporting a retro look, polished to the nines just for the occasion.

This festival also features live music and it's an all-around good time, for locals and visitors alike.

Visit The Iconic Mississippi State Capital Building

There's a somewhat humbling feeling that comes about when standing in front of a building as grand as the Mississippi State Capital Building.

Its architecture, which is in the Beaux-Arts style, is enough to draw anyone to its steps, especially with the 180-foot dome that sits atop the building's highest point.

Head To The Crossroads Where Robert Johnson Sold His Soul For Blues

If there's anything most people know about Mississippi, it's from the movie Crossroads where a blues musician, Robert Johnson, supposedly sold his soul to the devil.

The road in question is the intersection of US 61 and US 49 in Clarksdale, not far from Dockery Plantation which is also said to be the birthplace of Delta blues music.

The Mississippi State Fair Is A Whirlwind Of Fun

The Mississippi State Fair takes place every year in Jackson, Mississippi, and is just good old-fashioned fun. Each year, local blues musicians set up to play the entire festival, while various carnival rides are set up around the fairgrounds.

This is also a great place to try some authentic Mississippi cuisine in between rides on the Ferris wheel!

Swing By The Elvis Presly Museum

Yet another thing that Mississippi is known for is being the birthplace of the king himself, Elvis Presley. In Tupelo, visitors can tour his humble childhood home before heading to the Elvis Presley Museum to learn even more about his life.

Another fun stop is the Delta Blues Museum, at which visitors can learn about blues music and its history.

Get Spooked At The Windsor Ruins

A must-see stop on the National Register of Historic Places, the Windsor Ruins are also said to be haunted.

Some visitors have even reported seeing full apparitions during the day, making this historic landmark just as eerie in broad daylight as it is at dusk.

Find History And A Swinging Bridge At Tishomingo State Park

This bridge allows visitors to cross over Crackling Bear Creek and despite its name, it's completely structurally sound.

As part of Tishomingo State Park, visitors have the chance to explore the land that had a native history long before European settlers even came to America.

Mammy's Cupboard Is A Quirky Food Stop

Natchez is known for many things and one of which is Mammy's Cupboard.

This quirky food stop is easily recognizable thanks to its unique architecture, and its from-scratch menu is definitely worth stopping for.

Spend A Sunny Day On Ship Island

The Gulf Shore is gorgeous but a lesser-known beach day includes boating the 11 miles to Ship Island.

It's not as crowded as the mainland and even has some history, as visitors can explore a 19th-century fort in between sunbathing.

Tour The Home Of William Faulkner, Rowan Oak

Rowan Oak is in Oxford, and it's worth the trip to see the home of one of the most renowned American authors in history.

The Nobel Prize-winning author penned A Fable there, and you can almost feel the creative magic as you walk through its hallowed halls.

Souvenir Shop At The Mississippi Crafts Center

There's no better place to find a souvenir than the Mississippi Crafts Center, which is home to hundreds of local art, jewelry, and artisan goods.

Everything sold there has been made locally in Mississippi or the surrounding southern states, making for some pretty unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.

Seek Out Dinosaur Footprints At The Mississippi Petrified Forest

One thing no one expects to find in Mississippi is a petrified forest but that's exactly what visitors will find in Flora.

With a history that dates back 36 million years ago, it's one of the oldest natural sites you can explore in the state.

Scope The Views From The Top Of The Biloxi Lighthouse

The Biloxi Lighthouse overlooks the Gulf Coast and its history goes back to 1848 when it was first constructed.

Since then, it has had a longstanding nautical reputation with ships coming in and out of the harbor, and the views from the top aren't bad, either.

Tailgate An Ole Miss Game

It could be argued that not many colleges take their football games as seriously as Ole Miss. In the south, football games are more than just a pastime - they're a way of life.

Tailgating before an Ole Miss game is similar to attending a football-themed festival, full of good southern food and that warm community feel.

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