The Southern State of Mississippi contains history, a small shoreline, and plenty of appeal.
Mississippi is an easy state to pronounce, but has always been tough to spell, and that’s a fact. I remember a counting technique as a little kid was proclaiming 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, etc. Mississippi is in the South with a small shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico and a major city, Jackson. My family drove through the southernmost stretch of the Magnolia State as part of a Summer 2018 trip that also included Louisiana (Part 17) and Alabama (Part 5).
On our drive through Mississippi, we only stopped at a welcome center in the town of Gulfport. It felt like walking into a classy home, with chairs, paintings, and tables all very neatly organized.
Gulfport is the state’s second largest city, located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. This charming Southern town has a casino, quick access to the beach, and a road full of commercialization including: hotels and chain restaurants. My family spent a bit of time in this town to eat and check out the Gulfport Premium Outlets. It was quite a humid day as expected, but it was not a deterrent to stroll through the colorfully-designed outdoor outlet mall. This shopping center was yellow on the outside, and therefore very bright. In fact, the vivid color caught my eye off the highway. Another distinctive feature of this shopping center was the placement of alluring, artificial palm trees. Add in the humidity, and it felt like walking in a tropical shopping center. This once again enticed me since I am a big fan of tropical places. Tropical settings tend to put me in a very relaxed state.
On a side note, if we are speaking in terms of technicality, the first time my family visited Mississippi was in 2012. We were in nearby Memphis, and I had the clever idea to drive ten minutes south to Mississippi, take the first exit, and drive back to check it off our list. It was because of my extreme passion and commitment to visiting all 50 states that this charade occurred. Luckily, my family visited once again in 2018 to explore a bit more of the state.