If your plans call for other cities in the region, we can help with that as well. Perhaps you want to explore all of Tennessee including the country music capital of Nashville or the beautiful Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Or you may wish to travel through the foothills of the Ozarks to catch the latest shows in Branson, Missouri. If Southern Culture is your focus, Vicksburg and Natchez have beautiful ante-bellum mansions while southern Louisiana is home to the unique Cajun people. And just a day's drive away is New Orleans, the "city that care forgot." See Memphis can arrange your entire itinerary linking Memphis with any of these southern cities.
Faulkner's Country - Oxford, Mississippi, was home to Pulitzer Prize winning author William Faulkner and to best-selling novelist, John Grisham. Read more...
Journey to Freedom - Seven nights and eight days beginning in Atlanta's Sweet Auburn neighborhood where Dr. King preached his first and last sermons at Ebeneezer Baptist Church and where his tomb is now located. The tour will include learning about leading African-American citizens of Atlanta and visiting the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Then, on to Tuskegee, Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham, Alabama before spending the final two days in Memphis where your tour will include a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum, built on the site of Dr. King's assassination.
Civil War Battlefields - Traveling east of Memphis through the historic town of LaGrange, we arrive at historic Shiloh Battlefield mid-morning. After seeing the Visitors Center, we tour the historic battlefield, site of the largest battle fought on American soil up to that time. From there, it’s a short trip to Corinth, Mississippi, where a National Park Ranger will explain the role Corinth played in the “War Between the States.” Our afternoon in Corinth will include a stop at the Civil War Interpretive Center and the unique Contraband Camp. A stop at a local restaurant for lunch will be included.
Birthplace of a Legend - Tupelo, Mississippi gave the world Elvis Presley and Elvis was generous to Tupelo. We travel along US78, the same highway the Presleys took from Tupelo to Memphis in 1948. In Tupelo, we visit Elvis' Birthplace and Museum and get a feel for what his early childhood was like. Before returning, we stop at the Natchez Trace Visitor Center for a glimpse of frontier life in northern Mississippi.
Birthplace of the Blues - Clarksdale, Mississippi, became the center of the blues world by virtue of its location smack in the middle of the Delta. We pass the glittering casinos of Tunica and encounter cotton fields sometimes interspersed with rural churches and old sharecropper cabins. We enter Clarksdale at the "Crossroads" where highways 49 and 61 meet, a legendary spot in blues lore. We tour the Delta Blues Museum, wander through the "uptown" section where Tennessee Williams spent his childhood years and visit the old Hopson Plantation, where the mechanical cotton picker was perfected. Beginning in September, 2008, this tour can be extended to include the new B.B. King Museum in B.B.'s hometown of Indianola, Mississippi.
Rock & Roll to Little Rock - It's a short drive from the Birthplace of Rock & Roll to the home of the first Rock & Roll president. The Clinton Presidential Center contains the largest collection of Presidential papers and artifacts in U.S. history. We'll also see Little Rock Central High School, the first school to be integrated under the protection of Federal marshals as well as the Arkansas State Capitol and the historic Quapaw Quarter.
Mississippi Miracle - In a very short time Tunica County, Mississippi, went from becoming the poorest county in the U.S. to the nation's third-largest gaming center. We visit the Tunica Museum to learn about Tunica's history, then continue to Tunica Riverpark for a closer view of the Mississippi River and a ride on the Tunica Queen. We end the day with a stop at one of the numerous casinos of present-day Tunica.
Tennessee Treasures - Tennessee is home to the world's largest freshwater pearl farm. We stop for a look at how freshwater pearls are produced and harvested, then have ample time for shopping before continuing to the home of another Tennessee treasure, Loretta Lynn. We'll tour her home and museum as well as a replica of the Butcher Holler Homeplace where she was born.