Car Rental at Jackson Airport, Mississippi
Jackson-Evers International Airport sits nine kilometers east of downtown Jackson, the capital and largest city of Mississippi. Named after the 7th president of the United States, Jackson is renowned for the number of gospel, blues and R&B musicians it has produced, and its fair share of literary greats like Eudora Welty, who documented life in Jackson in the early 20th century, and Richard Wright who helped spark Civil Rights Movement in the state. Rent a car in Jackson Airport to see historical markers of the Civil War era, as well as more contemporary historical locations like Subway Lounge on Pearl Street, one of the many sites of the Mississippi Blues Trail which you can better explore in a one way car rental at Jackson Airport.
Mississippi Blues Trail
B.B. King, Elmore James, and John Lee Hooker are some of the great names that hailed from the Magnolia State. The Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of the blues music and also icons of soul, gospel and R&B. Hire car in Jackson Airport and follow the sign-posted trail that weaves its way through plantations and abandoned train tracks, to bring you to radio stations, clubs, juke joints, record companies and even historical events that were once centers of blues activity. There are about 170 markers scattered throughout the state that you can follow in your Jackson Airport car hire, and one of the hardest to overlook is the ‘Crossroads’ at Highways 61 and 49 at Clarksdale where Robert Johnson was said to have sold his soul to the devil for his musical talent.
Native Americans blazed an ancient trail used by animals that traveled from the Mississippi River to the salt licks and grazing land of central Tennessee. They eventually established what will become the Old Natchez Trace which winds through the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Today, a commemorative trail follows the approximate path of this ancient route which starts from Natchez, MS in the southwest and ends in Nashville, TN to the northeast. This 715-kilometer drive in a Jackson Airport car rental will bring the visitor to a swath of lush land east of the Mississippi River filled with reminders of the antebellum and Civil War era, birthplaces of famous personalities like Oprah Winfrey, Helen Keller and Elvis Presley, hiking, biking and camping trails, fishing and sailing playgrounds, and atmospheric cities offering the best of Southern hospitality and cooking. For the music pilgrim, this drive ends in the ‘Country Music Capital of the World’ where some of America’s musical greats had their start. Nashville’s international airport also serves as a convenient drop off point for one way car rental from Jackson Airport.
The Blues Highway on Route 61
For the time-strapped visitor, a more straightforward and manageable trip down the musical lane by car hire from Jackson Airport would be to take the Blues Highway via US Route 61
running north of Jackson, about 80 kilometers east of Vicksburg, the traditional southern terminus of the Blues Highway. Then you can simply drive up north to Memphis, TN, where the Blues Highway starts. The Mississippi Blues Trail markers intersect the latter at some point, so you will be able to stop along important sites as you drive one way rental cars from Jackson Airport for drop off at Memphis International Airport. Some of the history-filled towns that are both on the Mississippi Blues Trail and Blues Highway are Tunica, Clarksdale and Rosedale.
Great River Road
The last 300 kilometers of the Great River Road starts at Jackson before the Mississippi River, whose course it follows, empties into the Gulf of Mexico. In contrast, the Blues Highway will take about 400 kilometers of driving out of your car rental in Jackson Airport. Though shorter in length, this drive offers more diversity in terms of music, culture and cuisine. New Orleans is known for its jazz and historic French Quarter as well as other well-preserved architecture that best represents the Creole and Cajun lineage of its local population. While the Mississippi Delta beckons with juke joints offering catfish, burgers and corn dogs, the kitchens of Louisiana smell of ‘jambalaya, a-crawfish pie the file’ gumbo’ and there’s po’ boys sandwich at every turn. New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport also makes for a convenient drop off point for your one way car hire at Jackson Airport after a backcountry trip to the bayous.