Vacation Spots within Driving Distance of Jackson, MS

There’s no greater feeling than hitting the open road, especially when you’re behind the wheel of your new Chevrolet. With Memorial Day and other holidays throughout the summer coming up, now is a good time to plan your next getaway, whether it’s with friends and family or that special someone.

If you’re in the Jackson, MS area, then you don’t have to go far to enjoy a well-earned vacation — there’s plenty to see and do within driving distance! Check out our list of impressive vacation destinations that are a lot closer than you’d think.

The Gulf Coast (Biloxi, Gulfport, Gulf Shores)

When it comes to popular vacation destinations, the Gulf Coast is a no-brainer. Beach bums will love the countless miles of sunshine and sandy shores. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL, are well-known for their pristine beaches and state parks, not to mention a multitude of dining and entertainment options to keep you wanting more.

If you want to try your luck at winning big, the Biloxi-Gulfport area is home to the South’s most popular casinos and resorts. These venues also regularly host well-known entertainers, so you can always take in a show after hitting the slots.

New Orleans, LA

It’s not just the world-famous Mardi Gras parades that makes New Orleans a must-see destination for any vacationer. There’s so much to see and do no matter what your interests are. Sports buffs can see the Pelicans and Saints in action during their home games, while animal lovers can see a multitude of rare animals at the Audubon Aquarium, ranked among the top five zoos and aquariums in the U.S. Explore the French Quarter, take a stroll along the mighty Mississippi River or hop on a street car and see the beautiful antebellum homes in the Garden District.

Memphis, TN

The home of the blues, Graceland and great barbeque is only a three-hour drive from Jackson, with plenty of great sights to see along the way. Start your vacation with a guided walking tour along Beale Street and stop by the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Sun Studio, billed as the birthplace of rock and roll. Other must-see destinations include the National Civil Rights Museum and the Memphis Zoo.

Natchez, MS

If you’re looking for a destination that’s a bit closer to home, Natchez is the one to choose. Just a two-hour drive from Jackson, Natchez is a destination steeped in history with plenty of beautiful sights and historic attractions to discover and enjoy. Enjoy a stroll through the historic downtown area and visit notable landmarks like the Grand Village of the Natchez and the Forks of the Road Historical Site.  

After a full day of exploration, kick back and relax at the Historic Oak Hill Inn, located in the heart of downtown Natchez. Its one of the few places where you can rent a spacious, comfortable room or rent the entire house for a night or two. In the morning, you and your guests will enjoy the inn’s signature gourmet breakfast to start the day in grand fashion.

Vicksburg, MS

Nestled along the southernmost point of the Mississippi Delta, Vicksburg is a place steeped in both history and Southern charm. History buffs will have a field day exploring the Vicksburg National Military Park, dedicated to commemorating the Battle of Vicksburg and its pivotal role in the American Civil War. The site itself is home to over 1,400 markers and monuments, as well as the world’s only remaining Civil War-era ironclad gunboat.

When you’re done, visit Downtown Vicksburg and take your pick of the numerous eateries and fine dining options. There are also plenty of sights to see in town, including the Biedenham Coca-Cola Museum and Old Court House Museum.

Oxford, MS

A two-and-a-half-hour drive from Jackson, Oxford is something of a hidden gem for many travelers. Although if you’re an alumnus of the University of Mississippi or “Ole Miss,” then chances are you’ll know this college town pretty well. Billed as “the literary center of the South,” Oxford is also home to a multitude of famous, prize-winning authors and the city itself has been featured in countless books and movies.

As you’d expect, there’s plenty to see and enjoy in this quaint yet bustling college town, including hundreds of music, dance and theater performances both on- and off-campus. If you’re a big college football fan, then the next Ole Miss football game is already in the cards for you.