Tupelo is only a short drive from Birmingham and there's tons to explore! Whether it's the Elvis Presley birthplace, the animal packed Tupelo Buffalo Park or the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, there's lots to do in Tupelo!
From buffalo parks and $12 million car collections to one of the country’s most popular national parks and the birthplace of an international icon, things you thought could never happen in a small town like Tupelo happen all the time. That includes fabulous getaways where people make a connection—to each other and to Tupelo!
Elvis Presley was born in a two-room house in East Tupelo where he grew up dreaming of becoming a superhero with wavy hair, a cape, and a lightning bolt on his chest. For his 10th birthday, his mother bought him a guitar from Tupelo Hardware Company. Ten years later, he made his first gold record. Imagine what you can do here.
The location of the Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo began as a cattle ranch run by Dan Franklin. In 1997, Dan added buffalo and slowly started removing the cattle. At one time, Dan had 300 buffalo, which was the largest herd of buffalo East of the Mississippi River. In 2001, the construction of the zoo began and the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo officially opened in November. The park is now located on 210 acres and boasts over 260 animals. The park is home to a 19 foot tall Giraffe, Tall Boy, who is one of the tallest giraffes in the United States. It is also home to the world famous Oliver, a Capuchin monkey, whose 2 escapes in 2007 made newspapers all over the world. Some of the other animals you can see at the park are Zebras, an African Lion, Ring-tail Lemurs, Camel, Yak, and many more!!
The Tupelo Automobile Museum’s 120,000 sq. feet features over 100 automobiles representing 130 years of history. Come in and find vehicles dating from 1886 to present day. A rare 1948 Tucker, 1920 Cord L-29, 1937 Lagonda, 1929 Duesenberg Model J, and a large array of 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s cars and celebrity vehicles are among some of the prized exhibits. The displays are in chronological order and illustrate the progress of automotive design and innovation. Gas station and automotive related signs are displayed throughout the museum too. As a salute to the Tupelo-born celebrity, Elvis Presley, the museum features 33 original Elvis movie posters and a 1976 Lincoln Mark IV that Elvis purchased.
The Natchez Trace Parkway, one of America’s Top 10 National Parks, is headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi – where the power of possibility helped turn a primitive trail into a national scenic treasure. Traveled by Native Americans over 8,000 years ago, the Natchez Trace Parkway spans 444 miles and reaches from Natchez, MS, to Nashville, TN. In Tupelo, guests can explore the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center and discover the parkway’s history and inhabitants.
Healthworks! of North Mississippi has been infectiously contaminating kids of all ages since 2009. Located in Tupelo, Mississippi, HealthWorks! is the second educational facility of its kind and the first national full-scale replication of HealthWorks! in South Bend, Indiana. HealthWorks!’s mission is educating children on how to lead inspired and healthy lives. We educate through field trips, community outreach programs, birthday parties, special events, and general admission visits. According to the Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center, Healthworks! is meeting the needs of children and communities by increasing awareness and health knowledge, which changes lives!
This is one of 12 significant sites in Elvis’ formative years in Tupelo marked with bronze plaques on the Elvis Presley Driving Trail. Tupelo Hardware undoubtedly played a major role in the life of Elvis Presley. The hardware store was where Gladys, Elvis’ mother, purchased his first guitar and put music in the hands of a boy who grew to become a musical legend. The story goes that Elvis was very upset because Gladys refused to buy him a shotgun for his 11th birthday, so a store employee tried calming him down by handing him a guitar that he then started strumming. He then decided upon the guitar instead of the shotgun. Visitors are welcome during the store’s regular hours. Come in and listen to tales told by store employees while you stand in the spot where Elvis made that fateful decision.
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