- Town of Tunica
- Gateway to the Blues
- Things to Do
TAKE A ROAD TRIP
Tunica, Mississippi is just 30 minutes from from Memphis and a short drive to many historic blues sites. In between rolls of the dice or after a round of golf, hit Highway 61 and visit these amazing, fun-filled destinations.
DELTA DAY TRIP IDEAS
Visit Memphis, Tennessee, home of Elvis, pork barbeque, Rock ‘n Roll and the Blues. You spend time touring Elvis’ Graceland, the automobile museum, his private jets and the Meditation Garden where Elvis and his family are buried. Treat yourself to lunch at Graceland. After lunch, it’s on with the tour. You will learn more about the musical heritage of the city called the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll. You can tour Sun Studio where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King and other legends made music history.
Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau 800-8MEMPHIS or visit www.memphistravel.com
Find your Groove in the Mississippi Delta – where the music meets the soul. Come stay a while and let us introduce you to the land, the river, the people, the music and the mystery that makes the Mississippi Delta unique.
It’s the kind of place you will come back to time and time again- even if only in your memories. Clarksdale is Blues to the bone, with the legacies of W.C. Handy, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton and so many others living on in the local clubs. Visit the Delta Blues Museum, historic Blues Alley or take in a live show at one of the clubs such as Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero.
Coahoma County Tourism Commission 800-626-3764 or visit www.clarksdaletourism.com or www.groundzerobluesclub.com
A town that claims to offer something for everyone. Cleveland is a gem that shines as one of the top 100 small cities in America. Enjoy, dining, shopping, arts and a rich Blues tradition. Browse the Historic Crosstie Shopping District, which offers specialty and antique Shopping. Cleveland is home to McCarty Pottery and Peter’s Pottery, both well known for creating collectables and works of art from Mississippi Mud.
Cleveland-Bolivar County Tourism 800-295-7473 or visit www.visitcleveland.com
Located due east of Tunica and just across the border from Memphis, DeSoto County is the the home of Jerry Lee Lewis, John Grisham and timeless Delta traditions. Here visitors will find the final resting places of blues greats like Gus Cannon and Memphis Minnie. And scattered throughout the scenic Delta landscape are some of the best golf courses in Northern Mississippi.
DeSoto County Tourism 662-393-8770 or visit www.sodesoto.com
A city that reminds us that the Delta is not only has produced great musicians, but also has produced great writers. The Greenville Writer’s Exhibit features the works of over 100 published writers who have called Greenville home, including Pulitzer Prize winners Hodding Carter, Jr and Shelby Foote. Visit a National Historic Landmark and one of the nations most significant prehistoric archeological sites, the Winterville Indian Mounds and Museum. Stop by the birthplace of Kermit the Frog and creator, Jim Henson’s boyhood home.
Greenville / Washington County CVB 800-467-3582 or visit www.visitgreenville.org
If you are looking for the authentic Delta Experience, visit Indianola, the hometown of Blues legend B.B. King, who has made Delta Blues known around the world. Stop by the B.B. King Museum and Interpretive Center to learn about his great influence. Visit Club Ebony and 308 Club to appreciate just how alive the Delta Blues is today. Get back to the Delta’s roots with an Agra-Tourism experience at Billops Plantation and Holly Ridge gin where you will learn about crops such as rice, catfish and the Delta’s “white gold”- cotton.
Indianola Tourism Council 662-887-3009
A town that is unique and timeless, offering a blend of culture, history and legend. Visit the resting place of Robert Johnson and tour the Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum and Gallery. A stop at the Cottonlandia Museum will help you put the Blues, the Mississippi Delta and the story of Cotton into context. In addition, the museum features Civil War relics and Native American artifacts and a regional artisans gallery.
Greenwood CVB 800-748-9064 or visit www.greenwoodms.org
Yazoo City offers lush rolling hills and collection of antebellum, Victorian and 20th century architecture including the Wilson-Gilruth House. Visit the meticulously restored Oakes African American Cultural Center and the Triangle Cultural Center, which offers several museums, a theatre and historical displays including a tribute to writer Willie Morris, author of My Dog Skip.
Yazoo County CVB 800-381-0662 or visit www.yazoo.org
OTHER MISSISSIPPI CITIES
Curlee House – Greek Revival structure was built in 1857, intricate detail. Used as headquarters by Union and Confederate forces during the War Between the States. On the National Register of Historic Places.
Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center – Video production to educate visitors on the Siege and Battle of Corinth. Civil War Walking and Driving Tour begins at the Curlee House.
Northwest Mississippi Museum – Paleozoic fossils, Chickasaw Indian Artifacts, role Corinth played in the War Between the States, old maps and memorabilia. Local artists.
Corinth National Cemetery – 4,000 unknown graves rest beside more than 3,000 identified War Between the States soldiers. A major destination in the regions, Battery Robinett, an important battlefield in 1862, is a solemn reminder of Corinth’s history as a strategic site during the War.
Corinth Area CVB 800-748-9048 or visit www.corinth.net
Leave Tunica for a short drive to Oxford, Mississippi, the home of the University of Mississippi and the former home of William Faulkner.
Rowan Oak – Residence of William Faulkner from 1930-1962. Furnishings and memorabilia are as they were at the time of Faulkner’s death.
University Museum – Collections include Greek and Roman antiquities, antique scientific instruments, African and Southern and Caribbean art work.
Oxford is located approximately 70 miles southeast of Tunica. Tour Rowan Oak, home of William Faulkner, and the beautiful University of Mississippi campus. Enjoy lunch at one of the many cafés and restaurants located on the square. Oxford Tourism Council 800-758-9177
Brices Crossroads – Where Confederate soldiers defeated an attacking Union force. Adjacent cemetery is burial site of over 100 Confederate soldiers.
Birthplace and Museum of Elvis Presley – Houses Elvis collections.
Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor’s Center – Exhibits and audio visual program telling history of trace. PVT John Allen National Fish Hatchery. One of the oldest (1902), operating 15 ponds, 17 total acres. Raises and distributes one million fish annually for use in reservoirs and coastal waters.
Tupelo Museum – Displays include NASA space equipment used in Apollo missions, Elvis Presley room, reproduction of Western Union office, general store, train station, log cabin, Civil War and Chickasaw Park.
Tupelo, Elvis Presley’s birthplace, is located to the east and is a great additional daytrip for the area, and an excellent compliment to your trip to Graceland. Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau 800-533-0611 or visit www.tupelo.net
For assistance with these itinerary suggestions or any other help, please contact the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling (888) 488-6422.
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