Your Guide To Visiting Tupelo, Mississippi
Have you been to Tupelo, Mississippi? If so, you know why Tupelo is becoming a traveling hot spot. If not, you might be surprised to learn that the King of Rock’n’Roll, Elvis Presley, was born there. Maybe you have heard the name because you read about it in Southern Living. Whatever the case may be, now is the time to discover Tupelo, Mississippi.
Tupelo is the perfect weekend getaway destination for couples, girlfriends, families, and solo travelers. Whether you enjoy learning about history, eating good food, shopping, or looking at classic cars, there is something for everyone in Tupelo. Here is your guide to visiting Tupelo, Mississippi!
Where To Stay
The Hilton Garden Inn is in the heart of Downtown Tupelo. It is within walking distance to many of the places listed in this guide and only a short drive away from the rest. The hotel offers complimentary WiFi and self-parking, a fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool spa, 10,000+ square feet of meeting space, an on-site restaurant, and 24-hour convenience store.
Rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn include an HD TV, large executive desk, ergonomic Herman Miller Mirra chair, microwave, and fridge. Upgrade to a suite for a Garden Sleep System Bed and separate living area with a half bath.
What To Do
Tupelo is a shopper’s paradise! From boutiques to outlet stores and antique shops, Tupelo has it all. Shop locally owned stores in Downtown Tupelo and the Midtown Shopping District or shop a regional mall and strip centers in the Barnes Crossing Shopping District.
Visit Elvis Presley’s Birthplace. In addition to the two-room home, the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park also includes Elvis’ childhood church, the “Elvis at 13” statue, and reflection pond.
Take a ride through the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo. The 200-acre park is home to more than 300 exotic animals and a herd of buffalo. Opt for the VIP Tour to get up close and personal with the animals.
See the progression of car designs at the Tupelo Automobile Museum. The 120,000 square foot facility is home to more than 100 cars, valued at more than $6 million. The museum even has cars that were once owned by Elvis, B.B. King, and Liberace.
Test your clue-solving ability at Paradox’s Escape Rooms. Choose from four experiences: The Office of Secret Agent 22, Houdini’s Challenge, The Mine, or The Vault.
Explore the past on one of Tupelo’s three Heritage Trails: Chickasaw, Civil War, or Civil Rights and African-Americans. Learn about the people, places, and events that shaped Tupelo’s history.
Drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile national scenic byway that runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. Stop by the Visitor Center (also the Parkway headquarters) to see exhibits, displays, and an orientation program about the Natchez Trace.
Where To Eat
Must Order: Crack Dip Fries and Connie’s Blueberry Doughnut Bread Pudding
Fairpark Grill has a sophisticated atmosphere with a laid-back twist. Serving, seafood, chicken, steak, burgers, sandwiches, and salads, there is something on the menu for everyone at this Downtown Tupelo restaurant.
Must Order: Panko Crusted Fried Cheese
It’s always a good time at Mugshots Grill & Bar! With the best buns in the South, picking out a burger from more than 20 options will be a hard decision. Mugshots also offer a great happy hour from 2 to 6 PM daily.
Must Order: The Mugshot Burger (if you dare!)
Sweet Tea & Biscuits Cafe is the epitome of Southern Hospitality. This family operated cafe serves Southern homemade favorites, including Chicken Salad, Pimiento Cheese, Fried Green Tomatoes, and the best Sweet Tea around.
Must Order: One of the daily Homemade Desserts
When To Visit
January: Elvis’ Birthday Celebration
April and May: Blue Suede Cruise, Gum Tree Arts Festival
June: Elvis Festival
July, August, September: Down on Main Concert Series
October: Celebration Village
Check out Tupelo’s website for a complete list of festivals and events.
Tupelo’s multi-purpose arena hosts events all year, including big-name concerts. Visit the BancorpSouth Arena website for a list of upcoming events.
Your Guide To Visiting Tupelo, Mississippi
We hope that this guide to visiting Tupelo, Mississippi has piqued your interest in this northeastern MS city. Best of all, Tupelo is within a short driving distance of several major areas: Jackson, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; and Memphis, Tennessee. Come spend a weekend in Tupelo and see what all this city has to offer!
Tupelo is easily accessible by Interstate 22, Highway 45, and the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Book a flight from Nashville to the Tupelo Regional Airport through Contour Airlines.
Check out suggested itineraries or make your own here.
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
Check out some of our other posts in Northern Mississippi:
An Introduction To Oxford, Mississippi
During my visit, my room, activities, and food were taken care of by the Tupelo CVB.
As always, opinions and reviews and unbiased and completely mine.