Summer is for road tripping, discovering new things, and doing all of the above with the ones you love. With outdoor adventures, rich music history, and a creative culinary scene that boasts some of the best southern food around, Tupelo, Mississippi, takes weekend getaways to another level.

Take your summer shenanigans outdoors in the city where anything is possible. Headquartered in Tupelo, the Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors on a journey 8,000 years in the making. Hike nature trails, explore Native American history, and discover the beauty of this 444-mile scenic byway. The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center is located at milepost 266 on the Trace and offers visitors an overview of the many experiences waiting to be had throughout this vast national park. 

Tupelo celebrates summer with special events held throughout the city. The All-America City Family Picnic is an annual Independence Day party in Ballard Park that culminates with an epic fireworks display. Live music and great food make for the perfect celebration of our nation’s birth. The Down on Main Summer Concert Series is a free concert, featuring live music, food, and fun for the entire family. Held in Downtown Tupelo’s Fairpark, the concerts are the third Thursday of July, August, and September.

The birthplace of Elvis Presley, the world’s greatest entertainer was born here in a two-room shack. Today, visitors from around the world flock to the city to see the humble beginnings of the boy who would be king. Guests can tour the home here he was born, the Assembly of God church where he was influenced by gospel music, and a museum that chronicles his life. With many other exhibits on the grounds, visitors can truly immerse themselves in what life was like for Elvis in this small, southern town. Continue exploring the city on the Elvis’ Tupelo Driving Tour and visit twelve spots that were significant to his coming of age here. A highlight of the tour is Tupelo Hardware Company, where Elvis purchased his first guitar. The Elvis’ Tupelo Self-Guided Bicycle Tour offers guests the same experience, but on two-wheels, much the way a young Elvis would have traveled Tupelo as a boy.

Experiencing live music in the birthplace of the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll is a must. With eleven music venues, visitors can hear live music almost every night of the week in Tupelo. Visit the EVENTS page at tupelo.net to check out what bands are playing Tupelo tonight.

Farm fresh is a staple in Tupelo’s many local restaurants. Forklift offers imaginative southern cuisine including an impressive brunch menu Saturday and Sunday. Their patio offers an inviting spot to enjoy handcrafted cocktails year-round. Locally sourced produce is a staple on the city’s menus with restaurants like Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen taking it to another level. With dishes as the vegetable art project and desserts made with Memory Orchard fruits, fresh is truly an understatement. 

Looking for great food where you least expect it? Try Clay’s House of Pig, in a working bait and tackle shop, for some of the best barbecue in town. King Chicken serves up hot and crispy fried chicken in the city’s oldest service station.

Tupelo’s newest culinary experience is literally one-of-a-kind. Mississippi’s first meadery, Queen’s Reward makes award-winning mead with a sip of southern hospitality. Tours and tastings are available at their tasting room in west Tupelo. With several different varieties, taste them all and take home a bottle of your favorite mead to remember your weekend trip to Tupelo.

Easily accessible on Interstate 22 and US Highway 45, Tupelo is the perfect weekend getaway destination. Plan your road trip by visiting tupelo.net and imagine what you can do here!