Any visit to Tunica, Mississippi, will likely become a Highway 61 road trip. Known as the “blues highway,” this strip of asphalt winding through the Mississippi Delta has inspired numerous musicians and may stoke your creative fires too. Here’s how we would spend a day in Tunica:
Blue & White Restaurant
Start your day right with the Blue & White for breakfast and coffee. Originally a Pure Oil filling station, the Blue & White Restaurant has been serving up down-home cooking since 1924. A local favorite, breakfast is served all day and is located right off Highway 61.
Gateway to the Blues Museum
Drive North on Highway 61 to see where the Blues began. The Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center and Museum is a must-see attraction for all music lovers and tells the remarkable story of how the Blues was born and the role Tunica played in building the genre’s legacy.
Grab lunch and sample deep fried pickles from the establishment claiming to have invented them – the Hollywood Café. Featured on an episode of “Deep Fried Paradise,” the local eatery’s fried pickles are not to be missed. This restaurant was also immortalized in Marc Cohn’s hit song “Walking in Memphis” for the café’s soulful, live music.
Tunica RiverPark & Museum
Head west to explore the rich history of the Mississippi Delta and America’s most storied river. Since reopening in 2012, the Mississippi River Museum inside RiverPark offers multiple interactive attractions and seasonal exhibits featuring Delta culture. Walk the RiverPark’s nature trails and snap photos of the beautiful Mississippi River from prime vantage points at the park.
Cap off your day by trying your luck at one or more of Tunica Resort’s many casinos near the Mississippi River. With plenty of gaming, dining and nightlife options, you’re sure to find an enticing experience. At 31 stories tall, the Gold Strike Casino sets the standard for gaming in Tunica with more than 1,400 slot machines, plus live music, an 800-seat theater and an on-site spa. Whenever you decide to call it a night, relax in one of the Gold Strike Tunica’s 1,100 luxury hotel rooms.