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Off the Beaten Path
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Organ Pipe
Petrified Forest
Walnut Canyon
Joshua Tree
Red Top Mountain
Angel Peak
Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Wells
Arches Nat. Monument
Capital Reef
Natural Bridges
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Hardluck Ironclad
The Sinking and Salvage of the Cairo
Vicksburg National Monument
This monument is a great half day trip. There is no camping or hiking here. This area is a memorial drive with several museum areas.
This park qualifies as a three Roo site.
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rangersThe visitor center is nice. There are many displays relating to the civil war and out front you'll find a great cannon collection! You can get an audio tape here that will guide you through the park - just pop it in your cars tape deck and drive through! The park itself is interesting- if you are a big civil war fan.

For children, it's pretty boring. There are monuments. Lots of them. Big ones, little ones, tall and short ones. Boy there are a lot of monuments. If your child has a deep interest in marble, they might like this place!

There is an area of interest for kids- it's the U.S.S. Cairo Museum and it is part of the monument. The photo I've included here is the actual remains of the first boat to be sunk by torpedo. The ship is well reinforced and you can go "aboard"!

boat U.S.Cairo remains
The ship sank very quickly, and the crew abandoned ship leaving all of their belongings behind. Everything found on the ship is in incredibly good condition. The story of the recovery of the Cairo is well documented and quite interesting! There are regular "tours" of the ship; they are short (for those of us with short attention spans) but informative.

The town of Vicksburg is not as user friendly as you would hope. I suggest you stop at the visitor center first, which is at the same exit as the Monument. If you are on a budget, I recommend you stay elsewhere. There is camping, but it's not conveniant and the motels are overpriced. If you do choose to stay in Vicksburg, I recommend the Super 8 motel. You can get a coupon for the hotel at the visitor center!

You will see signs along the road advertizing an inexpensive steak dinner. There is a nice casino located on the East bank of the Mississippi, just north of the freeway. My husband and I were able to gamble a bit while we were there, as long as the baby was kept in the restaurant. The food was good and the prices ($5.95 when we were there) were great for a steak and crab dinner.

Trail of the Roo
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