By Julie A. Byard
Vicksburg
Mississippi
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For history lovers, Vicksburg, Mississippi, the “Key to the South”, offers the ultimate opportunity to step back in time and see how the Civil War was won. Filled with museums, shops, and casinos, Vicksburg has plenty of attractions to keep the entire family entertained.

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Vicksburg, Mississippi is known for being the turning point in the Civil War. Lincoln himself said that, “…Vicksburg [was] the key…” to Union victory.  Considering this rich history, EscapeWizard.com suggests the first stop on your touring list is the Vicksburg National Military Park. Located at 3201 Clay Street, the home of the 47-day “Siege of Vicksburg” offers a variety of opportunities to view artifacts from the war as well as other exhibits.  The 1,800 acre park can be accessed by car or by foot with a minimal fee or annual pass; the park also accepts America the Beautiful pass holders. Visitors can drive the 16-mile tour that highlights the top 15 sites related to the Battle of Vicksburg.  The park opens daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm October-March and 8:00am to 7:00pm April-September. The Visitor Center, located on Clay Street, is open daily 8:00am to 5:00pm.

EscapeWizard.com reminds you to take full advantage of the other Civil War landmarks housed within and around the national park. The U.S.S. Cairo Museum and Gunboat gives tourists a rare chance to see a part of history. The U.S.S. Cairo, the first ship sunk by electronically detonated torpedoes, was excavated in 1964 and fully restored for public viewing. Also nearby is the Vicksburg National Cemetery. Spreading out over 116 acres, the largest Union cemetery houses over 17,000 soldiers killed during the conflict between the North and the South.

The Vicksburg Battlefield Museum is another top destination on EscapeWizard.com’s must-see list. One street over from the park on Frontage Road, the museum has 7 great exhibits ranging from dioramas to gunboats to a study in Vicksburg architecture. The museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Ticket prices vary for students and adults. Other attractions include the Old Courthouse, the Vicksburg National Monument, and the Anchuca Mansion.

After viewing the Civil War landmarks, EscapeWizard.com recommends enjoying the downtown historic district located on Washington Street. Brick streets and old-fashioned gaslights surround the eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants, and specialty shops located in this area. Walking tours, as well as river tours, are also available throughout the city.

For those seeking a high stake experience, EscapeWizard.com invites you to up your ante at one of Vicksburg’s casinos. Nestled next to the Mississippi, several luxury casinos provide vacationers with the thrills they seek. Open 24/7, you can hit the tables or slots whenever you would like. EscapeWizard.com also encourages you to check the individual casino calendars for special events and entertainment.

Flourishing with opportunities for fun, EscapeWizard.com guarantees Vicksburg is the ultimate destination spot for all types of vacationers. Click on the link above to book your vacation in historic Vicksburg, Mississippi today.