Make Summer Memories in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Photos provided by Tupelo Convention and Visitor Bureau
Epic summer memories await your family in Tupelo, Mississippi. Whether you are in search of the next great family adventure, looking to grab a few back-to-school shopping deals, or just need a weekend away together, the city where anything possible has you covered.
The perfect starting point for any Tupelo trip is the brand-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.
Headquartered in Tupelo, the Natchez Trace Parkway spans 444-miles from Nashville, TN, to Natchez, MS, and is one of the top ten national parks in the country. The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center offers guests an interactive experience detailing the history, wildlife, flora, and fauna of this scenic byway. Explore the great outdoors by hiking the Blackland Prairie section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, a six-mile hike that includes the Chickasaw Village Site at milepost 261.8 on the Natchez Trace Parkway.
The Elvis’ Tupelo journey begins in a humble, two-room, shotgun shack. The Elvis Presley Birthplace includes the home where he was born, the Assembly of God church where he was influenced by gospel music, and a museum that chronicles his life. Ten other exhibits pay homage to the legacy of Tupelo’s favorite native son who spent his first 13 years coming of age here.
The Elvis’ Tupelo Self-Guided Bicycle Tour takes guests deeper into 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 that influenced young Elvis in Tupelo. A highlight of the tour includes a stop at Tupelo Hardware Co. where Gladys Presley purchased Elvis’ first guitar. Guests can stand in the spot where Elvis stood, in this store that is still an operating hardware store today. Guitars are still available for purchase.
Mississippi offers tax-free shopping July 26-27, 2019, and with three distinct shopping districts, Tupelo is the place to be. The city’s historic downtown includes a vast array of specialty boutiques, a local art gallery specializing in unique pieces made by Mississippi artisans, and a 113-year old department store. Many local restaurants serving up southern soul food, burgers, and barbecue are also housed in Tupelo’s city center. The Midtown Shopping District is 24 locally owned businesses nestled in an established shopping destination in West Tupelo. The Barnes Crossing Shopping District serves as a regional shopping hub for Northeast Mississippi with a selection of nationally-known stores, all anchored by the Mall at Barnes Crossing.
Whether shopping or exploring the city’s many attractions, one must be well fed when spending time in the Center of Positivity. From food trucks and doughburgers to farm-fresh creations and haute cuisine, Tupelo has something to satisfy every appetite. Tupelo’s over 160 restaurants are ready and willing to make your mouth water. With new restaurants opening constantly, visit EAT at tupelo.net to stay current on where to dine and follow #tupelofoodie on Instagram. Your stomach will thank you.
The town that enabled Elvis to dream big is also in the business of making memories. Plan your summer family getaway to Tupelo and imagine what you can do here!