Tunica tours do Elvis

TUNICA, Miss. -- Elvis fans visiting Tunica's resort casinos via motorcoach might want to add an extra day or two to the trip to behold the rags to riches life of the King of Rock 'n Roll at first hand.

Tunica isn't just one of the fastest growing motorcoach destinations in North America, it's also a hub for groups who want to reach out and sample the regional flavor of the Mississippi Delta and the Memphis, Tenn., region.

A sample three-day, two-night Tunica Experience, assembled by the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau, includes a tour of Elvis' opulent Graceland mansion in Memphis and suggests, as an add-on, a visit to the King's humble birthplace in Tupelo, Miss.

The two-night itinerary begins with a day in Tunica and heads out to Memphis, 17 miles to the north, on the morning of the second day.

Before lunch at Graceland, guests can tour Elvis' home and his automobile museum, view his private jets and stop at the meditation garden where he and his parents are interred.

After lunch, the group can visit Sun Records and the recording studio where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King and other legends made music history. The bus returns to Tunica in the late afternoon.

The third day features a visit to another of Tunica's casinos, followed by lunch at the Famous Hollywood Cafe. An additional day would be needed for the four-hour roundtrip to Tupelo.

The itinerary suggests leaving Tunica at 8 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. The proposed agenda includes the restored two-room house where Elvis was born and the Elvis museum and memorial chapel on the grounds.

Other attractions are the Tupelo Museum with its Elvis exhibits; Brices Crossroads, where Confederate soldiers defeated Union forces, and the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor's Center, where exhibits tell the history of the trace.

The CVB also suggests a day trip to Clarksdale, Miss., which produced a disproportionate number of blues greats, including Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke and Robert Johnson, giving it claim to the title of the birthplace of the blues.

Tunica CVB
Phone: (888) 488-6422 or (662) 363-3800

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