The state with a name so long, many children learn a short song to be able to spell it correctly, Mississippi is also home to one of the longest rivers in the US – the aptly named Mississippi. Rich in Native American, Spanish and French History, the US got a relatively late start in this state, which has managed to preserve an exotic mix of these starkly different cultures. The bluffs of the river and the lush interior contain some hidden gems – small towns steeped in history and filled with Southern hospitality and a delightfully laid-back way of life.
Why not treat yourself to some home-cooking, arts and good music, and natural paradises when you check out our list of 15 best small towns to visit in Mississippi?
1. Cleveland, Mississippi
Cleveland is located in Bolivar County (which was named after the South American political figure, Simon Bolivar). The town itself is off Route 61 and was named in honor of the former US president, Grover Cleveland. Settled by people moving inland from the Mississippi River to the Delta, Cleveland has a robust local economy nowadays and flourishing music culture.
There are two Mississippi Blues Trail markers in town: Christmas Street, a former center of African-American life and business, and the blues musician W. C. Handy. If you’re into the blues, visit the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. The Martin & Sue King Railroad Museum is also in Cleveland. Enjoy some Southern comfort food at the Country Platter, or Fat Baby’s Catfish House.