Located in the foothills of Northeast Mississippi, Tupelo is the epicenter of America’s music, where, in 1935, the world’s greatest entertainer was born in a two-room shotgun shack. The gospel tunes he sang in his boyhood church, the soulful blues that he heard coming from the juke joints in the Shake Rag district, and the country music that he listened to on the radio from his front porch enabled Elvis Presley to blend the sounds and deliver what we all know as rock ’n’ roll to the masses. Visitors can immerse themselves in America’s musical heritage by beginning their journey in a town called Tupelo.
The Tupelo Visitors Center is the perfect starting point for any trip to the city where anything is possible. From interactive exhibits that highlight the city’s top attractions and a collective timeline of Tupelo’s rich history to displays focused on Elvis’s childhood in Tupelo as told like never before, the Tupelo Visitors Center will fully prepare visitors for exploring this unique, Southern town.
Tupelo, Mississippi, is an upbeat, happy city where people believe they can accomplish anything. Located in the hills of Northeast Mississippi, Tupelo offers guests a walk through the past with the boy who changed the course of popular music, soldiers who fought to defend the land, and Native Americans who roamed these hills more than 8,000 years ago. At its heart, Tupelo is full of contagious optimism, making it a “Center of Positivity.”
The city’s unique culture shines through special events held throughout the year, designed to bring people together. From burgers and classic cars to the arts and live music, Tupelo’s unique culture shines through special events designed to bring people together for food, fun, and fellowship. The city’s signature event, the Tupelo Elvis Festival, will celebrate its 20th anniversary June 6-10, 2018. Live music, Elvis tribute artist concerts, living history demonstrations, and so much more pay homage to the legacy of Tupelo’s favorite native son.
Tupelo is home to three distinct shopping districts, offering an abundance of choices for shopping mavens of all ages. The city’s culinary landscape is just as diverse as its many attractions, festivals, and shopping opportunities, with over 160 restaurants ready and willing to make your mouth water.
The town that enabled Elvis to dream big still embodies that same contagious optimism that put him on a path to stardom, and today, it beckons visitors to imagine what you can do, too! #VisitMS