Tupelo, Mississippi, is an upbeat, happy city where people believe they can accomplish anything. Here, a young boy from the wrong side of the tracks with a $7.75 guitar grew up to be king. An unconquerable tribe called this place its homeland. A trail over 8,000 years in the making still beckons visitors to slow down and explore. In Tupelo, anything is possible.
The perfect starting point for any Tupelo trip is the new Tupelo Visitors Center. From interactive exhibits that highlight Tupelo’s top attractions and a collective timeline of the city’s rich history, to displays focused on Elvis’ childhood in Tupelo as told like never before, the Tupelo Visitors Center will fully prepare visitors for exploring this unique, southern town.
The city’s unique culture shines through special events held throughout the year, designed to bring people together. Engines will rev during the Blue Suede Cruise held May 3-5, 2019. Over 900 classic and collectible cars will take over the BancorpSouth Arena parking lot for three days of retro fun for the entire family. A Mother’s Day tradition, the Gumtree Festival is a juried arts festival held around the courthouse square May 11, 2019. The weekend includes music, dance, food, crafts, visual arts, and a 10K race. The city’s signature event, the Tupelo Elvis Festival rocks and rolls June 5-9, 2019. Live music, Elvis tribute artist concerts, living history demonstrations, and so much more pay homage to the legacy of Tupelo’s favorite native son.
Whether on a pilgrimage to experience the birthplace of the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll, visiting one of the top ten national parks in the country, or looking to learn a little something along the way, Tupelo’s attractions showcase the city’s rich culture and history. The Elvis Presley Birthplace features the home where he was born, a museum, Assembly of God church that he attended, and many other unique exhibits.
The Elvis’ Tupelo Self-Guided Bicycle Tour takes guests on the Elvis’ Tupelo journey on two wheels. Explore 13 stops that influenced his life here. Snap a picture or two enjoying the ride, tag #MyTupelo, and stop by the Tupelo Visitors Center to pick up a special gift. For those who prefer to explore Elvis’ Tupelo on four-wheels, the Elvis Driving Tour takes you to the same spots the influenced young Elvis in Tupelo.
Headquartered in Tupelo, the Natchez Trace Parkway spans 444-miles from Nashville, TN, to Natchez, MS, and is waiting to be explored, whether on two wheels or four. The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center offers guests an interactive experience 8,000 years in the making. The Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo is home to nearly 300 animals representing 87 different species. Take a ride on the Monster Bison Bus to explore the vast property and get up close and personal with the buffalo.
Whether festival hopping, shopping, or exploring the city’s many attractions, one must be well fed when spending time in Tupelo. From food trucks and doughburgers to farm-fresh creations and haute-cuisine, Tupelo has something to satisfy every appetite. Whether you are looking for the perfect ladies’ lunch spot, a great burger and live music, or a truly memorable dining experience, Tupelo’s over 160 restaurants are ready and willing to make your mouth water. With new restaurants opening constantly, visit EAT at tupelo.net and follow #tupelofoodie on social media to stay current on where to dine. Your stomach will thank you.
Visit tupelo.net to plan your perfect #MyTupelo getaway, book your stay, and imagine what you can do here!