This former railroad junction was an industrial boom town back in the early 20th century, with much of modern Meridian reflecting this storied history. In particular, the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum pays suitable homage to the city’s manufacturing past. Fancy some fun at the fair? The 1896 Dentzel Carousel is the oldest in the US. There are plenty of clean and modern hotels in Meridian to come home to after a day spent wandering through history – and they’re all bookable with Culture Trip.