Explore the Magnolia State

12 Days

Starting in/Ending in: Memphis, Tennessee

Total driving distance approximately 1,311 miles

Overview

Mississippi, the Magnolia State, is often overlooked by travelers, yet those who seek out the many things the state has to offer will not regret it. The highway signs say it all: Welcome to Mississippi, Birthplace of America’s Music. This country’s first original musical genre, the blues, was originally played right here in the Mississippi Delta. Mississippi is the home to the blues, an unrivaled literary tradition, and incredible food. Explore Mississippi’s rich history, bright beaches, cool blues, cuisine, and warm welcomes. Many of the courageous citizens who took a stand for civil rights did so here in Mississippi, where dark days in American history gave way to glimpses of freedom for all. Where can you find some of the densest concentrations of prehistoric archaeological sites in the United States? Right here in Mississippi, where Native Americans lived thousands of years before any other settlers arrived. Legends say ghosts may still roam around many old Mississippi sites—from historic homes like the MCRAVEN HOUSE in Vicksburg, MONT HELENA in Rolling Fork, and ROWAN OAK in Oxford to other sites including the still-in-operation KING’S TAVERN in Natchez and STUCKEY’S BRIDGE near Meridian. And where crashing waves meet the sandy shore, lighthouses along the coast shine as beacons to the past, pointing toward the island where a historic fort still stands and to the spots where Spanish and French explorers sailed. But sea and sand aren’t all that make up this landscape—bays, swamps, marshes and more serve as habitat to a vast array of animal and plant life. During your stay in Mississippi, whether you’re looking for Southern comfort food that will make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven or want to get your hands messy shelling crawfish, Mississippi offers an unmatched variety of culinary experiences that are award-winning!

Trip Highlights

  • Elvis's Birthplace
  • "Ole Miss" University of Mississippi
  • GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
  • B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center
  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
  • Gulf Coast beaches

Itinerary

Your trip starts out from Memphis, Tennessee - be sure to let us know if you'd like to add any additional nights in this musical city. First stop is just 20 miles south of Memphis at Tanger Outlet Southaven. Then drive to Tupelo, the epicenter of America’s music, where, in 1935, the world’s greatest entertainer was born in a two-room shotgun shack. Visit the hardware store where in 1946 Gladys Presley bought her son, Elvis, his first guitar.

Overnight: Hilton Garden Inn (Complimentary Continental Breakfast), Tupelo, Mississippi

Oxford is renowned for its deep-rooted history, charm, and culture. Visit Rowan Oak, Nobel Prize Laureate William Faulkner’s tranquil country home, where the outline of his novel, A Fable, is scribbled on the study wall. Next stop, the University of Mississippi campus, known as “Ole Miss.” Evening try one of Oxford’s many eclectic dining options on Courthouse Square.

Overnight:  Graduate Oxford, Oxford, Mississippi

Discover where the Blues began! In Tunica visit the Gateway to the Blues Museum and Visitor Center and the Mississippi River Museum at Tunica River Park. Clarksdale is a place where muddy waters can refer to the Mississippi River that creates our western border as well as the blues singer who lived and was recorded at the nearby Stovall plantation. If you follow the Mississippi Blues Trail you will see markers for influential artists such as John Lee Hooker, Son House and Ike Turner. The Crossroads are where Highway 49 intersects with Highway 61, the fabled spot where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for unexplainable guitar talent. Ground Zero Blues Club has been named one of the “top 100 bars and nightclubs in America” and is co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman.

Overnight: Hampton Inn (Complimentary Continental Breakfast), Clarksdale, Mississippi

Travel south to Cleveland. While there visit Dockery Farms, a historic plantation listed as the possible birthplace of the blues. A must is GRAMMY Museum Mississippi the only one of its kind outside of Los Angeles. Explore the historic downtown featuring specialty shopping, cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express (Complimentary Continental Breakfast), Cleveland, Mississippi

On to Greenville where you will find artifacts from Delta Bluesmen and the world’s most famous frog, Kermit, whose creator, Jim Henson, was born in Greenville and raised in nearby Stoneville. Immerse yourself in Native American culture at Winterville Mounds, one of the largest Indian mound groups in the Mississippi Valley. Continue to Indianola and visit the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center where the life and music of the renowned musician is shared along with the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta. Next, follow Highway 82 to Greenwood, home to eight markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

Overnight: Hampton Inn (Complimentary Continental Breakfast), Greenwood, Mississippi

Jackson, the “City with Soul” has been Mississippi’s state capital since 1821. Visit the home of celebrated author Eudora Welty. Learn about the Civil Rights Movement at the Medgar Evers home and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Discover Mississippi’s history at Museum of Mississippi History (both will open Dec. 9, 2017). Visit other downtown Jackson attractions, including the old Capitol State Historical Museum, the Governor’s Mansion, and the Mississippi Museum of Art. Try a little retail therapy in the eclectic Fondren District with its assorted shops and eateries. Explore Ridgeland and the Mississippi Crafts Center just off the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Overnight: Jackson Marriott Downtown, Jackson, Mississippi

Vicksburg is considered a cultural landmark in the American South and is home to the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, Vicksburg Military Park, and the Lower Mississippi River Museum. Tour the Vicksburg National Military Park which stands in commemoration of the campaign for Vicksburg during the American Civil War. Vicksburg was instrumental in the growth and propagation of American Blues music-- which is native to Mississippi. Blues evolved primarily in the Mississippi Delta region from the musical traditions of African-American slaves before the American Civil War. Vicksburg served as a central hub for musicians to perform for merchants and travelers in the music halls and "juke joints" near the river port at Vicksburg. Today Vicksburg remains distinct as a place where travelers can experience the legacy and traditions of the American South in a quaint city overlooking the Mississippi River, and is alive with music, arts, and entertainment.

Overnight: Best Western Vicksburg (Complimentary Continental Breakfast), Vicksburg, Mississippi

This historic town is perched on a high bluff above the Mississippi River 100 miles upriver from New Orleans. It was an important, wealthy city before the Civil War. That history gave it the South's grandest collection of antebellum homes. Natchez is the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi River. Many of the historic homes are open daily for tours. The city was named for the Natchez tribe of Native Americans, who with their ancestors, inhabited much of the area from the 8th century AD through the French colonial period.

Overnight: Hotel Vue, Natchez, Mississippi

Relax in the year-round sun along 62 miles of coastline or practice your swing on one of our championship golf courses. Explore the Mississippi Sound on a charter fishing boat. Enjoy the quaint local seafood spots or fine dining experiences the Gulf Coast offers.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express Biloxi Beach Boulevard (Complimentary Continental Breakfast), Biloxi, Mississippi (2 nights)

Spend the day on the beach or take a island sightseeing boat cruise and check out one or more of the 6 Gulf Coast Islands. If land based fun is more your scene, check out the miles of hiking and biking trails.

One of the South’s hidden art gems, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, highlights an impressive collection of European and American art. Admission to the museum is free. Continue to Columbus, MS a city that combines vibrant history with panoramic water vistas. Visit the former childhood home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams and today the City’s Welcome Center. Visit “Catfish Alley”, a central meeting and business district for the Columbus African American community in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Overnight: Hampton Inn (Complimentary Continental Breakfast), Columbus, Mississippi

Day 12 :
Tour Ends

Return to Memphis for a flight home (approx. 3 hours/187 miles)
or continue back home in your vehicle.

Trip Includes

  • 11 hotel nights at published hotels (or similar), local hotel taxes and resort fees (except where mentioned), travel tips, maps, and brochures. Complimentary Breakfast subject to change at the hotel’s discretion.

Trip Excludes

  • Rental car, gas, parking fees, porterage, flights, airport transfers, meals, unless otherwise specified in the tour description, park & attractions entrance fees, unless otherwise specified in the tour description, ferry charges, travel insurance.

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