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Rolling into Vicksburg, Mississippi, I really had no idea what to expect. Three days and a few hundred photos later, I left the river town behind with a big smile plastered on my face. Vicksburg was a gorgeous and exciting city to visit!
My first visit to Vicksburg was during my road trip along the Natchez Trace Parkway. I was visiting all the destinations along the way. Three days in Vicksburg was a nice break from the nature of The Trace.
Here are some of my favorite photos I captured during my time in Vicksburg. Leave me a comment below and tell me which is your favorite!
Welcome to Vicksburg! My very first stop was the Mississippi Welcome Center high above the Mississippi River. When I arrived an epic thunderstorm was developing. When I returned the next day, I was treated to mostly clear skies and a train passing through!
Vicksburg was a beautiful city to explore. Tree-lined streets added a touch of nature to an otherwise concrete jungle. Quaint buildings were occupied by local shops and restaurants. It was peaceful, and I loved every minute in the city.
Massive concrete walls were built along the edge of the Mississippi River to make sure The Great Flood never happened again. On the inside of the walls several artists painted beautiful murals depicting moments from Vicksburg’s history.
The Old Depot Museum was an old building, but featured gorgeous architecture. Inside I found an intriguing museum chocked full of exhibits, artifacts, and a ginormous miniature display of the Battle of Vicksburg from the Civil War.
The Old Court House Museum was located in the old courthouse. How about that? Outside, I found a few exhibits including Civil War-era canons. Inside, I found a museum on the first floor and gorgeous restoration of the courtroom on the second floor.
Did you know Coca-Cola was bottled for the very first time at a pharmacy in Vicksburg? The Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum is located inside the same building as the pharmacy and features hundreds of artifacts. At the end of the tour you can order a fresh coke to take with you!
Everyone needs to eat. At 10 South Rooftop Bar & Grill I got to enjoy a simply gorgeous view of the Yazoo River with a light breeze blowing through the open air restaurant. I’m a sucker for pan fried catfish; I think this was the most photogenic catfish meal I’ve ever had.
When I purchased an admission to Vicksburg National Military Park I realized it was good for three days, so I visited every day for three days in a row while spending time in Vicksburg. I drove the 16-mile self-guided tour road several times.
The Illinois State Memorial was the most impressive stop in the national military park. The gargantuan granite building listed the names of all those from Illinois who died during this battle in Vicksburg. Outside, a gilded eagle was perched atop the open dome roof.
The scenic overlook behind the Mississippi Welcome Center was my favorite place in Vicksburg. I spent every evening sitting back there watching the sunset. This is definitely a town I will visit again.