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Jackson (Mississippi)

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Jackson is the capital of the state of Mississippi.

Get in

By plane

Jackson is served by Jackson-Evers International Airport, with direct flights to a number of major cities by Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines (including Atlantic Southeast Airlines), Northwest Airlines, US Airways, Continental Airlines, and American Airlines. Flights to regional hubs (Charlotte, Memphis, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare), Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Detroit)

By train

Amtrak - City of New Orleans offers service between New Orleans and Chicago with Jackson's newly refurbished Union Station as a passenger stop.

By bus

Greyhound offers buses from Union Station in downtown Jackson, 300 W. Capital St.

By car

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.

Get around

JATRAN [2], 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.


  • Dixie National Livestock Show, Parade and Rodeo, Mississippi Coliseum and Fairgrounds, High Street. The Wild West Rodeo comes to Jackson each year with this exciting event.
  • Jackson Zoological Park, 2918 W. Capitol Street, +1-601-352-2581
  • Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, 2148 Riverside Drive, Jackson, Mississippi 39202-1353, Phone: 601 354-7303, Fax: 601 354-7227
  • Mynelle Gardens
  • Agriculture and Forestry Museum
  • Museum of Art
  • Davis Planetarium
  • Telecom Center
  • Jackson Convention Center
  • Old State Capitol
  • New State Capitol
  • Supreme Court Building
  • War Memorial Museum
  • Children's Museum (coming soon)
  • Take a tour of Jackson with the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation & Development. 1831 Robinson Street. or contact the Jackson Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
  • Battlefield Park, 953 Porter Street


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.


  • Antique Mall, 1217 Vine Street
  • 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. [3]
  • Metrocenter Mall
  • Highland Village
  • Northpark Mall
  • Dogwood Festival Market
  • Dogwood Promenade
  • Renaissance at Colony Park
  • Galleria (coming soon)
  • Bloomfield Outlets (coming soon)
  • NeuMarket Outlets (coming soon)


  • 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), [4]. 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. Amazing sushi--the best in town. 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.

  • Amerigo's
  • Cock of the Walk
  • Ruth Chris's
  • Biaggi's
  • Penn's Fish House
  • AJ's
  • Steam Room Grille
  • Bulldog's
  • Red Lobster
  • Olive Garden
  • Longhorn
  • Outback
  • Chili's
  • Applebee's
  • Corky's B-B-Q
  • Logan's Roadhouse
  • Cracker Barrel
  • La Cazuela
  • Las Margaritas
  • El Portrillo
  • Cancun
  • Bonefish
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Up the Creek
  • O'Charley's
  • Garfield's
  • Zaxby's
  • Raising Cane
  • Barnhill's
  • Ryan's
  • Firemountain
  • Newk's
  • Oby's
  • Piccadilly's
  • Que sera sera
  • Schimmel's
  • Sal and Mookies, [1]. Great NY pizza restaurant and ice-cream parlor. Also one of the cities best beer bars.


  • Hal and Mal's, [5] 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, [6]. 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, [7].
  • Cabot Lodge Millsaps Jackson, 2365 North State Street, +1-608-948-8650, [8]. Nice hotel including all typical amenities, helpful staff, a complimentary freshly baked deluxe breakfast, and a complimentary (unlimited) cocktail hour.
  • Hilton Jackson
  • Embassy Suites (coming soon)
  • Hyatt Place (coming soon)
  • Marriot Downtown
  • Drury Inn
  • 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)

Stay Safe

  • Not to over paint entire areas with the same paint brush, but generally speaking, historically the areas of the city that have had the highest crime problems were the areas west of I-55 and the southwest (using I-55 and I-20 the divide the city into four quadrants)of the city.
  • Use the same precautions as you would in any large metropolitan city. Protect your vehicle by locking it up and activating the alarm, don't advertise your wealth or if you are a tourist, and if an area of the city looks dilapidated use common sense and promptly leave to more secure grounds.
  • The following streets have historically been considered pretty rough areas with high crime, and may be best avoided by casual tourist: Woodrow Wilson, Ellis Avenue, Robinson Road, and West Capital Street. There's really not much of interest to tourist on those streets anyway.

Get out

  • Mississippi Braves minor league (AA) baseball - Pearl, MS
  • Mississippi Brilla pro-soccer - Clinton, MS

Routes through Jackson
VicksburgClinton  W   E  PearlMeridian
MemphisGrenada  N   S  BrookhavenMcComb

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