Southeast Travel

Tupelo, MS


For an authentically Southern experience, few places say “heritage” like the birthplace of the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis’ original stomping grounds offer unique experiences that everyone can enjoy. From a legendary glazed blueberry donut, to an elegant bar with downtown views, Tupelo has some hidden gems that only the natives can navigate you toward. Nature preserves, animal excursions, museums, and ample shopping are just the beginning of the attractions that can keep you entertained while you visit this charming city. Check out our list of must-hit stops if you want to tour Tupelo the right way!


Photos Courtesy of Tupelo CVB



See

Tupelo Automobile Museum / View over 100 classic and antique cars, from
an 1886 Benz to a locally-made Toyota Corolla.


Brunch

South Restaurant / Treat yourself like royalty as you sample one of “The King’s” favorites, the ’56 Elvis French toast with banana, chocolate, peanut butter, and honey-laced butter.


Play

Elvis Presley Birthplace / Explore the humble homestead of The King of Rock & Roll, as you take in all the attractions and the original two-room shotgun shack where it all began.


Drink

Blue Canoe / Sample from the expansive tap list at Tupelo’s local watering hole while enjoying live music and fried black eyed peas!


Lunch

Romie’s Grocery / Nosh on some classic meat and three style meals at this famous, former neighborhood grocery store.


Dinner

Forklift / Taste dishes made of local, sustainable products, and sample from the long list of bourbon selections at Tupelo’s newest neighborhood eatery.

 

Vicksburg, MS


Nestled between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers, Vicksburg is drenched in Southern history. With historic battlefields, antebellum houses, and cemeteries to visit, a history buff could stay entertained here for days! But beyond the culture of this historic town, there are delicious eateries, tons of shopping, vibrant casinos, and exciting sites to discover. Want to make sure your trip is authentically Vicksburg? Check out our list of recommended stops.


Photos Courtesy of Vicksburg CVB


Stay

Duff Green Mansion / Sleep in an antique bed surrounded by period furniture and visit the site of the Civil War cave on the property.  Tour the entire home, from the ballroom danced in by Jefferson Davis and Ulysses S. Grant, to the former kitchen-turned-operating-room. Keep your eyes open for Confederate soldier ghosts!


Breakfast/ Brunch 

Tomato Place / Stop by for an omelet or smoothie at this unique local eatery, a hometown favorite.


Lunch

Walnut Hills / Pull up a seat at the round table for some family-style dining. The fried chicken is a must!


See/Play

Vicksburg National Military Park / Established on February 21, 1899 to commemorate the siege and defense of Vicksburg, the 16-mile tour road of the park includes 1,325 historic monuments and markers, 20 miles of historic trenches and earthworks, a 12.5-mile walking trail, 144 emplaced cannons, a national cemetery, an ironclad Union gunboat, and two antebellum homes.


Dinner

10 South Rooftop Bar & Grill  / Take in amazing views of the Mississippi River, Yazoo Diversion Canal, and Centennial Lake while you munch on specialty burgers, barbecue, or seafood.

 

 

Gadsden, AL


In the 19th century, Gadsden was one of Alabama’s top two cities for commerce and industry, trailing closely behind the seaport of Mobile. Today, Gadsden is still a bustling city full of vibrant Southern culture and breathtaking natural surroundings. Whether enjoying the local cuisine and nightlife or taking a peaceful stroll along the Coosa River, this charming town always has something fun and exciting to offer. If you’re planning a trip to Gadsden soon, we’ve highlighted a few stops you won’t want to miss!


Photos Courtesy of Gadsden CVB, Little Bridge Marina, and Back Forty Beer Company



Breakfast/Brunch 

The Choice / Sample classic Southern breakfast dishes including steak, grits, and biscuits at this family-friendly restaurant.


Lunch 

Little Bridge Marina / Dock the boat at Little Bridge Marina and enjoy some pulled pork from Local Joe’s BBQ, or enjoy hand-tossed pizza, craft beer, and live entertainment at Little Bridge Bar & Grill.


Brew

Back Forty Beer Company / Sip some award-winning craft beers with uniquely Southern names including the “Freckle Belly” IPA, “Naked Pig” pale ale, and “Truck Stop Honey” brown ale.


Dinner

Tre Ragazi’s / Savor authentic Italian cuisine at this local favorite. They use fresh dough, homemade sauces, and a variety of delicious ingredients imported from Italy.


See/Play

Noccalula Falls Park / Walk through the park’s paved trails and experience a 90-foot waterfall, miniature train ride, petting zoo, pioneer homestead, miniature golf course, campground, and much more!


Drink

Harp and Clover / Head over to Gadsden’s first and only Irish pub for a variety of Irish-inspired cocktails, dishes, and desserts. You won’t want to miss the bread pudding!