My boyfriend and I will be flying into Jackson to start a road trip around New Year's. We are only in Jackson one night/day so we are hoping to get a decent southern meal and visit the brand new Civil Rights museum. I have booked us a night at the Best Western and we will have a rental car. We are both in our mid-late twenties - I am a small woman, he's a 6 foot tall, 200 pound fit guy. I have traveled extensively in the US as a solo traveler and have never had any problems. I am not usually the worrying type, but I've been told that Jackson is relatively dangerous.
Should we avoid walking after dark? For example, from the best western to an area with restaurants for dinner 20 minutes away? Would we be wiser to take the car? How easy is parking? How cheap are taxis? Are there parts of town to avoid completely, for example, if I want to go for an afternoon run?
I would also appreciate dinner recommendations... nothing fancy, just good home cooked food. :)
We are from a large Canadian city where safety is never really an issue (even for me as a small woman walking alone at 3 am...), and parking here is impossible, so walking is our go to method of transportation.
Thanks for any advice!