Tupelo’s history is the story of American originals and original Americans.
...A story that crosses boundaries and bonds people together. It’s a story of music and melody, of hard work and ingenuity, and, of course, it’s a story of originality. Find fun facts and important information about Tupelo, MS here.
Tupelo, MS is a dynamic southern city easily accessible by Interstate 22, Highway 45, and the historic Natchez Trace Parkway that crisscross the city by land. Located in the center of the Mississippi Hills region, Tupelo serves as the hub for exposing you to vibrant live music, world-class culinary cuisines, rich culture and history, and American architecture. Tupelo offers excellent lodging facilities offering over 2,200 quality hotel rooms and an abundance of dining opportunities with over 200 restaurants to choose from. Whether it is dining al fresco or upscale dishes to blue-plate specials or sipping on signature cocktails, Tupelo will serve it up. If shopping is what you seek, Tupelo offers three distinct shopping districts from the Mall at Barnes Crossing, the region’s largest mall, to the specialty shops in downtown and Midtown, and throughout the city, we can match anyone’s taste and desire for shopping. Other shopping options like the Tupelo Flea Market, Tupelo Furniture Market, and antique shopping make for a well-rounded shopping excursion.
Several festivals and special events throughout the year and weekly entertainment provide lots of things to do in Tupelo. Tupelo’s Elvis Festival celebrates our culture as the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Other festivals embrace the art of independent filmmaking, fine arts and wine, classic cars, and even a celebration of Dudie Burgers. Although it may not sound as appetizing as it really is, it’s a piece of American culture and definitely worth a try!
Whatever inspires you to travel to Tupelo – Elvis’ birthplace, one of our restaurants you can only find in Tupelo, the sounds of our live music scene, or one of our many attractions– you’ll find Tupelo is an upbeat, happy city where we believe in the possibility! Imagine what you can do here!
Tupelo is located in the northeast corner of Mississippi, which is commonly known as the Hills region. Tupelo is intersected by Highways 45, Interstate 22, and the Natchez Trace Parkway. Located just 90 miles from Memphis, TN, and 120 miles from Birmingham, AL, Tupelo serves as a regional hub for the area whose population swells by 300% each day as people travel here to work and play.
Air service to Nashville is offered daily by the Tupelo Regional Airport through Contour Airlines.
According to the most recent census, Tupelo’s population is 37,923.
- Tupelo was incorporated in 1870.
- Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
- The name Tupelo is of Native American origin. The word Tuh Pu Lah is said to mean to scream and make a loud noise.
- Tupelo has been named an All-America City by the National Civic League in 1967, 1989, 1999, 2011, and 2015.
- The North Mississippi Medical Center is the largest non-metropolitan medical complex in America and Tupelo’s largest employer.
- Tupelo was the first city in the nation to provide its citizens with electric power through the Tennessee Valley Authority.
- The Tupelo area is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies.
- Tupelo is home to the headquarters of the Natchez Trace Parkway, an All-American Road, and a national scenic byway.
The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to help you plan your trip.