Vicksburg Travel Guide

Located in the central western area of Mississippi, and nestled along a bluff of the Mississippi River, this ‘Red Carpet City of the South’ is popular among tourists visiting the region. A small city with a unique blend of old and new, Vicksburg has a friendly atmosphere and the locals pride themselves for their southern hospitality.

The Civil War marks an indelible time in history for Vicksburg. After being seized by US Major General Ulysses S Grant for 47 days in 1863, the Confederates surrendered and the course of American history was changed. There are numerous museums and monuments depicting the details of this historical event.

The Mississippi River is Vicksburg’s biggest attraction. You can enjoy a sunset while dining at any one of the many fine restaurants along Catfish Row, the city’s river walk, or take in a few hours of blackjack on the riverboat casinos. People all over the country come here to enjoy the lively gaming and entertainment. The old-style paddle-wheel steamboats are no longer operational, but a quick tour of one of them will not disappoint.


Vicksburg National Military Park: this 16-mile park has a remarkable collection of well-preserved monuments from the Civil War, along with an iron-clad gunboat, the USS Cairo.

Vicksburg National Cemetery: pay tribute to the 13,000 unknown Union soldiers commemorated here.

Catfish Row: outdoor exhibits and murals commemorate Vicksburg’s history and culture. There’s a play area for kids and lush gardens with a fountain at their center.

Biedenharn Candy Company: this 1890 bottling factory houses an interesting collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia and antiques as well as a candy store and soda fountain. Get a taste of an old-fashion ice cream float or a dipped ice cream Mississippi style.

Old Court House Museum: take a self-guided tour and learn about some of America’s legends such as Theodore Roosevelt, Booker T Washington and John Breckinridge.

Gold in the Hills at the Parkside Playhouse: be a part of history and watch the world’s longest melodrama - currently in its 70th season.