Jackson is served by Jackson-Evers International Airport, with direct flights to a handful of major cities by Delta Air Lines (Atlanta), US Airways Express (Charlotte, Washington-National), United Express (Houston, Chicago) and American Eagle Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth).
Downtown Jackson is situated just northwest of the junction of Interstate 55 (running north and south) and Interstate 20 (running east and west). New Orleans, LA is about 190 miles south of Jackson; Memphis, TN. is about 210 miles north; Dallas, TX is about 300 miles west; Atlanta, GA is about 320 miles east.
JATRAN, the city transit system, has buses from Union Station six days a week until shortly after 5PM each day. Pick up route schedules at the JATRAN office, open weekdays inside Union Station.
The JATRAN is not considered safe or efficient transportation by locals.
On the weekends you can always find live shows to attend. Jackson has a blossoming music scene, and various bars such as Martins, WC Dons, and Hal & Mal's often feature music ranging from Heavy Metal, to Indie Rock, to Blue Grass. The three aforementioned bars are all located in the same inlet off of State Street, and also just south of the Pearl Street exit from I55.
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Antique Market, 3009 N. State Street, +1-601-982-5456
Fondren District, North State Street from Woodrow Wilson to Meadowbrook Rd. Office: 3318 North State Street, +1-601-981-9606. Shopping, antiques, restaurants and more in this quaint neighborhood that is reinventing itself. 
Sophia's-Fairview Inn, Belhaven Neighborhood (Downtown Jackson), Casual Fine Dining, Southern Cuisine, Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch (601) 948-3429
Aladdin's, on Lakeland West, right before you reach State Street. Authentic and delicious Mediterranean.
Jerusalem Cafe. Down the road from Aladdin's, offers Lebanese cuisine and a hookah bar.
Little Tokyo, two locations in Jackson. One is along I-55 North (+1-601-982-3035 - 4800 I 55 N, Jackson), and the other is in Ridgeland near the Northpark Mall (+1-601-991-3800 - 876 Avery Blvd N, Ridgeland), . This is not a sushi-buffet restaurant, but their food is VERY good. If you're want to save money go during lunch, and purchase one of their bento-box specials (about $6.00 - $7.00 USD).
Mayflower Cafe, 123 W Capitol St, (601) 355-4122, M-Sat 11a-10:30p. Located in Downtown Jackson. Absolutely fantastic seafood. Try the broiled redfish with lump crab meat on top. Other specialties are the scallops and the shrimp.
Nagoya's Sushi and Steakhouse. Exit I-55 at County Line Road. Continue west on County Line Road. You will turn left into a shopping center facing I-55. Nagoya is between Target and Home Depot. There is another location a brief distance north in Madison, MS.
Pizza Shack. Located on State Street across from the Baptist Heath Center. Pizza Shack is Jackson's best pizza restaurant and offers a number of local favorites in addition to pizza. Priced very modestly and near the heart of the city, Pizza Shack is one of Jackson's best locally owned restaurants.
Hal and Mal's,  Located near Pearl St. in downtown Jackson, Hal and Mals offers a wide selection of domestic, imported, and locally brewed beers along with burgers, po' boys, salads, and desserts. Hal and Mals is also the home of great live music acts and a weekly trivia night.
Fenian's Pub, an Irish style pub, Fenian's, located on Fortification and Jefferson in the historic Belhaven area of the city, is where the local college kids hang out and fill their glasses (Milsaps College and Belhaven University are located less than a mile away). Fenian's never charges a cover and usually has some form of live entertainment nightly, ranging from live bands to Irish music to 'Open Mic Night'. Fenian's also hosts a large selection of Scotch and is very reasonably priced.
Fairview Inn, 734 Fairview Street, +1-888-948-1908, . 18 rooms including suites, private baths, phones, voice mail, TV and VCR's, sitting rooms, toiletries, and air conditioning. Some rooms have jacuzzis, fireplaces, plus many other amenities.
Inn & Suites - Downtown, 614 Monroe Street, +1-601-352-8282, .
Cabot Lodge Millsaps Jackson, 2365 North State Street, +1-608-948-8650, . Nice hotel including all typical amenities, helpful staff, a complimentary freshly baked deluxe breakfast, and a complimentary (unlimited) cocktail hour.
Embassy Suites (coming soon)
Hyatt Place (coming soon)
Hilton Garden Inn Madison and Pearl (coming soon to Downtown Jackson)
Old Capitol Inn - Downtown
Roberts Vista Hotel - Downtown (formerly Edison Walthall)
Holiday Inn (multiple locations)
Days Inn (multiple locations)
Hampton Inn (multiple locations)
Best Western(multiple locations)
Comfort Inn(multiple locations)
La Quinta Inn(multiple locations)
Quality Inn(multiple locations)
Clarion Hotel - Downtown(multiple locations)
Regency Hotel - Downtown(multiple locations)
Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown, 235 West Capitol St, ☎ 601-353-5464, . checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. Eas for many years known as the King Edward Hotel and is a city landmark. Just two blocks away is the Jackson Convention Complex.edit
Areas of the city you may want to be aware of your surroundings are: south side of the city - Terry Road, Raymond Road, and McDowell Road. On the west side of the city - West Capital Street, some parts of Highway 80. On the northern area of the city - Baily Avenue, and parts of north-western part of the city: Woodrow Wilson Avenue and Northside Drive. Keep in mind that most of these areas are typically not visited by tourist, and they are mostly the older areas of the city that are in decline.
Keep in mind that a majority of the crimes in the city of Jackson are typically residential house burglaries, and typically are not against individuals or tourist. However does not mean you should not let your guard down, and leave your street smarts and your common sense at home. The Jackson police department  keeps weekly reports of where crimes occur across the city for public viewing.
Use the same precautions as you would in any large metropolitan city. Protect your vehicle by locking it up and activating the alarm system, and do not advertise yourself as being wealthy or as a tourist. If you are in an area of the city looks dilapidated, use common sense and promptly leave to more secure grounds.
If staying at the hotels nearby the fairgrounds or the coliseum in Jackson, keep your room door locked and bolted, and always keep your vehicle locked and in a lit area (if possible). Use precautions whenever someone expectantly knocks on your room door, and immediately contact the front office to validate the hotel staff is requesting access into your room. Visitors to the area hotels have been victims of robberies and assaults in the past.
Be aware, there are no official consulates in the state of Mississippi. An honorary consulate only represents the business interests of a nation, and cannot provide legal or emergency assistance to their fellow citizens.
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