Mississippi Delta

Relax. Take your time. Get a cool beverage. Tune in to your favourite American music and see where the backroads take you. It all runs on Delta time and no one is watching the clock.

Famed author David Cohn once said, “The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of The Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg.” No matter where you are in the Delta you’ll be surrounded by history, entertainment and hospitality, but don’t think for a second that one Delta town is just like the other.

Travel the roads of this region, and you’ll find that every stop has its own distinct individuality and character, each worthy of exploration. Edge-of-cotton-field blues clubs – the originals, not the reproduced. BBQ shacks as old as the road itself, and southern-style food better than your momma’s. Unique lodging from up-scale resorts to about as far from luxury as you can get. And culture and history that runs so deep it’s hard to tell you where to begin.

Greenwood

In the heart of the Mississippi Delta just 96 miles north of Jackson, MS, and 130 miles south of Memphis, TN, Greenwood is affectionally called the Cotton Capital of the World as well as the birthplace of the Blues.

Historic downtown Greenwood is home to wonderful shops, delectable dining experiences, blues and the arts. Howard Street is a quaint shopping street just like in the olden days. Take a walking tour around town and experience over 30 different historical landmarks. Visit the Museum of the Mississippi Delta, or do the driving tour and see the locations used in the film «The Help».

Visit the Mississippi Blues Trail Markers – Radio station WGRM on Howard Street was the location of B.B. King’s first live broadcast in 1940 or try and solve the mystery of where the blues guitarist, Robert Johnson was really laid to rest.

Drive through the cotton fields and visit a working farm, ride the horses, pick the cotton, feed the cows or go for a hayride.

Cleveland

Named Smithsonian Magazine’s #2 Small Town to Visit in 2013, Cleveland is renowned for its Delta culture, arts, shopping and hospitality. After browsing the speciality shops of the Historic Crosstie Shopping District, featuring everything from antiques to boutique women’s and men’s wear, to local art and gifts, try any of our stellar home-owned restaurants and visit one of our downtown galleries and museums.

Plan a visit to come see the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, or sway to the blues at Po’ Monkey’s, an authentic rural juke joint only opens on Thursday evenings. Make a side-trip to McCarty’s or Peter’s Pottery where local artists turn Delta clay into pottery collected worldwide, or head to Dockery Plantation said to be the very site where the blues was born.

Clarksdale

Located at the intersection of Highways 61 and 49, where legend has it that bluesman Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil, Clarksdale is all about singing the blues. Tour the world-famous Delta Blues Museum and sway to the sound of live blues in an authentic juke joint co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman where the beverages are cold, but the groove is smoking hot.

Sample Southern cooking with a local flair or the finest in innovative cuisine. Sleep in a house built by the city’s founder or a loft in the renovated five and dime. Try your luck at the Isle of Capri. With everything you need for a good time, the only blues you’ll find in Clarksdale are in the lyrics.

Greenville

Greenville represents the heart of Delta creativity, heritage, culture, and outdoor adventure. Sway to the blues in the rowdy Walnut Street Blues Bar, discover a one-of-a-kind masterpiece crafted by a true Delta artisan, visit quirky museums, or roll the dice in a riverboat casino.

Leland is home to an exhibit chronicling the creation of The Muppets by Leland native, Jim Henson. The Highway 61 Blues Museum, where attractions include impromptu performances by talented bluesman. Hunters and fishermen will enjoy an outing in the area’s forests or on one of many lakes; in fact, Outdoor Life named Greenville and Washington County to be one of the best places in the U.S. for outdoorsmen. Greenville represents authentic Delta culture, inside and out.

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