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Days Inn

1015 North Gloster Street
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-842-0088
Toll-Free: 1-800-329-7466
Fax: 662-842-3659
www.daysinn.com
Pets Allowed: Yes
Directions: Located on North Gloster Street at the intersection of North Gloster and McCullough Blvd.

The Days Inn offers 40 guest rooms that are quiet and comfortable. Services includes in-room coffee makers, microfridge, clock/radio, hair-dryer, full size iron w/board, free wireless & hard wired internet, dataport phone, 27″ TV with free HBO, Cinemax, & ESPN. Continental breakfast, outdoor pool, and fax and copy service are available.

Hampton Inn

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Hampton Inn

1516 McCullough Boulevard
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-840-8300
Toll-Free: 1-800-HAMPTON
Fax: 662-840-8307
www.tupelo.hamptoninn.com
Pets Allowed: No
Directions: Conveniently located at the intersection of McCullough Blvd. (US Hwy. 78 Business) and Gloster St. (Old Hwy. 145 Business

The Hampton Inn has 59 exterior guest rooms and 37 interior guest rooms. All rooms feature microwave ovens, refrigerator, coffee pots, irons with boards, hair dryers, and wireless high-speed Internet. Amenities include a complimentary hot/cold breakfast bar, USA Today Newspaper, free HBO and local calls, outdoor pool, on-site fitness center, same day valet laundry service and 24-hour business center. Children under 18 stay free. Group rates and accessible rooms also available. Accept all major credit cards.

Hilton Garden Inn

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Hilton Garden Inn

363 East Main Street
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-718-5500
Fax: 662-718-5550
www.tupelo.stayhgi.com
Pets Allowed: No
Directions: Hwy 45 at Main Street Exit in Downtown Tupelo

Hilton Garden Inn has 157 guest rooms (8 suites). Visa, MC, Discover, AMEX, and Diners Club accepted. Non-smoking rooms and accessible rooms available. Full service Great American Grill serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Evening room service. Pavilion Lounge. Indoor pool and whirlpool. Workout facility and Stay Fit Kit available for check-out. 24-hour Pavilion Pantry convenience mart. Complimentary 24-hour business center. Complimentary wireless high-speed internet access throughout hotel. Valet and laundry service. 1,200 sq. ft. of divisible meeting and banquet space to accommodate up to 150 guests. 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and banquet space for up to 1,300 people at the BancorpSouth Conference Center adjoining the hotel.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

1612 McClure Cove
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-620-8184
Toll-Free: 1-800-Holiday
Fax: 662-620-8189
www.hiexpress.com/tupeloms
Pets Allowed: No

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites has 75 guest rooms and suites all 100% non-smoking. All guest rooms and suites feature free high-speed Internet connections, refrigerators, microwave ovens, coffee pots, irons/ironing boards, and hair dryers. Express Start breakfast, manager’s reception with refreshments on weekday evenings, outdoor pool, fitness room, conference facilities, and 24-hour business center. Free local calls and children under 18 stay free.

Econo Lodge

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Econo Lodge

879 Mississippi Drive
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-840-2380
Toll-Free: 1-800-526-3766
Fax: 662-840-8317
Pets Allowed: Yes
Directions: Located in the Barnes Crossing area

The Econo Lodge has 60 rooms. Rates are available upon request. Accepts all major credit cards. Take advantage of our in-room workdesk, high speed wireless internet, fitness center, pool, deluxe continental breakfast, free USA Today newspaper, local calls and free cable TV with Showtime. Small pets accepted.

LaQuinta Inn & Suites

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LaQuinta Inn & Suites

1013 North Gloster Street
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-847-8000
Toll-Free: 1-800-753-3757
Fax: 662-847-8008 www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ6380&propId=6380
Pets Allowed: Yes

The LaQuinta Inn & Suites has 70 guest rooms; 1 jacuzzi suite; Deluxe continental breakfast; outdoor swimming pool; business center; exercise room; free wifi & hard wired internet; iron with iron boards and coffeemakers in all rooms

Comfort Inn

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Comfort Inn

1532 McCullough Boulevard
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-840-2111
Toll-Free: 1-888-771-7171
Fax: 662-840-0077
Pets Allowed: No

The Comfort Inn has 58 smoking and non-smoking suites and doubles. Our suites include refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, pull-out lovesofas and seating area. Free continental breakfast is included with all rooms. Free long distance and local calls and free wireless internet are available. Come stay with us on your next trip to Tupelo.

Motel 6

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Motel 6

1500 McCullough Boulevard
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-844-1904
Toll-Free: 1-800-466-8356
Fax: 662-844-0139
www.motel6.com
Pets Allowed: Yes
Directions: Located at the intersection of McCullough Blvd. (US Hwy. 78 Business) and Gloster Street (Old Hwy. 145 Business)

The Motel 6 has 97 rooms available. Rates will be furnished upon request. All major credit cards accepted. The Motel 6 has a swimming pool, suites, color cable TV with free HBO and ESPN, FAX machine, free local calls, coffee in lobby, facilities for the disabled, handicap parking spaces available, guest laundry, and small pets are accepted.

Rodeway Inn

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Rodeway Inn

852 North Gloster Street
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-844-4464
Fax: (662) 844-6639
Pets Allowed: No

The Rodeway Inn has 49 rooms, free hot breakfast, free wireless high-speed Internet access, free weekday newspaper, seasonal guitar-shaped outdoor pool, and exercise room

Sleep Inn & Suites

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Sleep Inn & Suites

1721 North Gloster Street
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-840-7737
Toll-Free: 1-877-424-6423
Fax: 662-840-7735
www.sleepinn.com/hotel/ms151
Pets Allowed: No

The new Sleep Inn has 66 guest rooms and suites with wireless high speed internet connections, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, hair dryers, and iron with ironing boards. Complimentary amenities include deluxe continental breakfast, outdoor pool, fitness room, and free local calls. Meeting facilities are also available.

Super 8 Motel

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Super 8 Motel

3898 McCullough Boulevard
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-842-0448
Fax: 662-840-8000
www.super8.com
Pets Allowed: Yes
Directions Conveniently located off of Hwy. 78, Exit 81

The Super 8 has 49 guest rooms with non-smoking rooms, 2 whirlpool suites, and king business rooms available. More services include free continental breakfast, swimming pool, guest laundry available, FAX machine available, 25″ cable TV with over 60 channels including HBO and Cinemax, free wireless internet, pets accepted upon request, dataport phones, ground floor accessible rooms available, and 24 hour restaurant adjacent to hotel. Visa, MC, Amex, Discover and Diners Club cards are accepted.

Travelodge

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Travelodge

854 North Gloster Street
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-844-4111
Toll-Free: 1-800-578-7878
Fax: 662-840-7960
www.travelodge.com
Pets Allowed: Yes

The Travelodge has 106 rooms including 8 mini-suites with honeymoon and anniversary packages available.All rooms have coffee makers, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards. Wireless high speed internet and data port. Free local calls. Free cable TV with HBO, CNN, & ESPN. Photocopy and fax available. Safe deposit box. Exercise room. Valet & laundry services available. Complimentary newspaper Monday-Friday. Complimentary coffee in hotel lobby. Two outdoor swimming pools. Cafe Bravo, full-service breakfast. Bogart’s, a cocktail lounge open Monday-Saturday from 4pm-until. 3 private meeting rooms.

Wingate Inn

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Wingate Inn

186 Stone Creek Boulevard
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-680-8887
Toll-Free: 1-800-228-1000
Fax: 662-680-1087
www.tupelowingateinn.com
Pets Allowed: No
Directions: Located at the intersection of Highway 78 and North Veterans Boulevard

The Wingate Inn offers 82 guest rooms with 2 queen size beds in our doubles. All rooms feature oversize desk, 2 line telephone, 27″ TV, mini refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, ironing board, wired or wireless internet services. More amenities include cordless phones and two-line speaker phones, free local phone calls, long distance access, free expanded continental deluxe breakfast, indoor spa, free fitness facility with elliptical machines, 24 hour convenience stores, free sending/receiving fax services, guest laundry, and business center with boardroom and meeting rooms.

Elvis Presley Birthplace

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Elvis Presley Birthplace

306 Elvis Presley Drive
Tupelo, Misssippi
662-841-1245
www.elvispresleybirthplace.com
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (May-September); 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (October through April) and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday year round. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The most significant landmark of Tupelo’s modern history is a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on January 8, 1935. From this humble beginning, Elvis Presley began his swift rise to become the world’s most popular entertainer.

The house, built by his father with $180, draws over 50,000 visitors each year from across the world.

Tupelo bought the house and land with money provided from a 1956 Tupelo concert by Elvis himself, who wanted a park for neighborhood children. As an official Mississippi landmark, the birthplace is part of the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park. It includes expansion of the main parking lot to accommodate motorcoaches, a garden walkway system, new entrance signs, an expanded gift shop and beautiful landscaping.

The Elvis Presley Memorial Museum has been remodele to better explain the early days of Elvis in rural Mississippi and how his roots influenced his future. The Chapel, built by donations from his fans, is a popular attraction in the park offering a time for meditation.

The large Main Building on the grounds houses the museum as well as a spacious gift shop, with more than 1,300 square feet of shop, office and storage space. In August, 2003, a story wall was unveiled offering a collection of original, unedited stories from people who knew Elvis during his Tupelo days. The “Walk of Life”, which surrounds the house where Elvis was born, is a scored concrete circle with dated granite blocks denoting each year of Elvis’ life from 1935 to 1977. The 1948 block marks the year in which Elvis and his family left for Memphis, and it leads to the “Elvis at 13” bronze statue, which was unveiled on Elvis’ 67th birthday and memorializes Elvis as a young boy wearing overalls and carrying a guitar. From there the walkway leads to “The Fountain of Life”, a beautiful water feature, which is a complete circle representing Elvis’ life in Tupelo. As you wind around the walkway you can view a 1939 green Plymouth 4-door sedan, similar to the car in which he and his family rode to Memphis in. It was the year of 1948 when the transformation of Elvis, as a young Tupelo boy began his journey as Elvis, the world’s greatest entertainer.

Elvis Presley Driving Tour

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Elvis Presley Driving Tour

The Elvis Presley self-guided driving tour leads to some of the most significant locations of Elvis’ life in Tupelo.

1. The previous Assembly of God Church, location where Elvis and his family attended church under the pastor of Rev. Frank Smith
2.   Lawhon Elementary School, the first school Elvis attended
3.   Johnnie’s Drive-In, where Elvis shared moments with friend James Ausborne, while enjoying a cheeseburger and RC Cola
4.   Shakerag, a significant part of Elvis’ past where he gained influence from sanctified gospel and blues music
5.   Tupelo Fairgrounds, where Elvis performed concerts in 1956 and 1957
6.   Tupelo Hardware, where Elvis bought his first guitar
7.   Lee County Courthouse, where Elvis performed his first live radio show hosted by Mississippi Slim and WELO
8.   The previous Mayhorn’s Grocery Store, where Elvis used to sit on the porch and listen to blues and gospel music in the neighborhood where he lived
9.   Lee County Library, where Elvis received his first library card
10.  Milam Jr. High, last school Elvis attended before moving to Memphis.

Tupelo Automobile Museum

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Tupelo Automobile Museum

1 Otis Drive
662-842-4242
www.tupeloauto.com
info@tupeloauto.com
Hours: Open 7 days a week; M-Sat. 9:00AM-4:30PM and Sunday Noon – 4:30PM. Closed Christmas, New Year Day, Easter and Thanksgiving.

Featuring 120,000 square feet of automobile displays and open viewing restoration bays, the Tupelo Automobile Museum is a dream for car lovers or for those who just want to stroll down memory lane.

Over 100 antique, classic and collectible automobiles, chronologically displayed, illustrate the progress of over 100 years of automobile design and engineering. A self-guided tour starts with an 1886 Benz, representing the birth of the automobile and culminates with a never-driven 1994 Dodge Viper. The collection, valued at over $6 million, includes a rare Tucker, a Lincoln previously owned by Elvis Presley, other movie and celebrity vehicles, Hispano Suizas, a Duesenberg and many more rare brands and American favorites.

The collection was put together to illustrate the advancement of the automotive body and mechanical designs from the late 1800’s forward. These include steam and electric vehicles of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s to the various advancements such as pneumatic tires, electric starters and numerous attempts to find a replacement for the manual transmission.

Ongoing vehicle restoration projects can be viewed through windows into restoration areas. The automobiles under restoration will be added to the display area as they are completed.

The museum is available for private and corporate functions and special group tours.

HealthWorks! Kids Museum

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HealthWorks! Kids Museum

219 S. Industrial Road
(662) 377-KIDS (5437)
1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375)
www.healthworkskids.org
Hours:  Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4 pm • Sat: 10am-2pm
Admission: Tickets are $5 for children ages 2 to 92 and free for children under 2.

If you’ve ever wanted to get inside the brain of a teenager, or explore the coarser side of human biology, then you’re ready to be exposed to the full-bodied fun of HealthWorks! North Mississippi, the new children’s health-education center in Tupelo.

It’s a heady experience from the outset, when you’re welcomed to the $5.3 million building by the Brain Theater, featuring a 12-minute video that probes “inside the brain of a 13-year-old girl.” The theater is part of the Funtastic exhibit floor teeming with interactive displays that spread a contagion of learning through hands-on zaniness.

Guaranteed to infect the curiosity of kids of all ages is the Let’s Play Grossology exhibit, which tests a player’s familiarity with bodily functions. To test one’s physical fitness, there’s Pulse Racers, a virtual bike ride. The Choices game and Decisions Diner, among others, are concocted to help kids understand the future health risks that come from tobacco use, drug abuse, obesity and other avoidable behaviors. A total of 18 curriculum-based attractions for school children in kindergarten through eighth grade inspire a life-time of healthful habits.

Launched by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi, Tupelo’s version is based on the original HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum in South Bend, Indiana, and is only the second center of its kind in the United States. HealthWorks! is a prime site for school field trips, and its spacious rooms offer venues for family outings and birthday parties.

Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo

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Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo

2272 N. Coley Road
662-844-8709
www.tupelobuffalopark.com
info@tupelobuffalopark.com
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday through Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. Trail rides will be open on Saturdays, weather permitting.

Visit The Tupelo Buffalo Park and take the tour on the Monster Bison Bus. With the largest buffalo herd East of the Mississippi River, you can get an up close and personal look on how and where buffalo live. You can even camp out over night in the Chickasaw Indian Village.

Visitors enter the park through a restored train depot building, which also houses a snack bar and souvenir shop. A 24-foot by 24-foot pavilion on the south side of the depot serves as a staging area for boarding the parks “Bison Buses”. The buses are outfitted with monster truck kits. Groups board the buses and tour the buffalo herds grazing throughout the park, with the buses pulling into protective pens, offering an opportunity to the visitor to hand-feed the buffaloes. The buffalo can weigh more than a ton each.

The herd is the pride of local businessman Dan Franklin who turned his fascination with buffaloes into one of Tupelo’s most interesting places to visit. Three hundred years ago there were millions of buffaloes roaming the American plains but by the early 1900’s, due to homestead settling and unbridled hunting, there were fewer than 1,000 remaining. Livestock farmers and dedicated conservationists have helped restore their numbers to more than 250,000.

The Buffalo Park specializes in exotic animals with the first ones coming from Canada. Some of the exotic animals you can see are monkeys, a Bengal tiger, an African lion, a Reticulated giraffe, an American black bear and a reptile section. Feature attractions to the park include a live pony carousel, horse trail rides and a petting zoo complete with pigmy goats, miniature horses, sheep and other friendly animals.

There is an exciting new activity at the Tupelo Buffalo Park called “Archeological Digging!” The Village of “Etoukouma” occupied in the 1720’s and located on the original Natchez Trace Parkway is where actual Chickasaw Indians lived and carried on day to day activities. How exciting would it be to find real artifacts from true Indian groups located here in Tupelo, MS?

There is a large party pavilion available that is ideal for tour groups and children’s special events.