Explore Tupelo and have your picture taken with one of our Elvis-themed guitars. More than 25 guitars have become permanent part of downtown Tupelo’s cityscape. They are a fun photo op and be sure to tag us using #MyTupelo!
Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum
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 and is part of the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park. The home is a Mississippi landmark and the centerpiece of the park which includes, among many other exhibits, the popular photo-op "Elvis at 13" statue and Elvis' childhood church.
Johnnie's Drive-In is an All-American diner serving breakfast, lunch, and supper. It's also one of 12 significant sites in Elvis' formative years in Tupelo marked with bronze plaques on the Elvis Presley Driving Trail. Elvis and his friends enjoyed dining at Johnnie's Drive-In. You can still enjoy the food Elvis liked to eat and even sit in the Elvis booth, which sports a photo of Elvis sitting in the same booth.
Located in the Fairpark District of downtown Tupelo, Park Heights offers a menu of modern American cuisine including grilled oysters, She-crab soup, butter-poached Alaskan halibut, and prime cut of beef. The main dining room has reclaimed hardwood floors from the old Tupelo Cypress and locally crafted retro lighting. Often sited as the best in town, the service is professional and gracious and the wine list is extensive. If you enjoy dining alfresco, try the rooftop or portico that both have amazing views of downtown. We are open for lunch Monday - Friday from 11am - 2pm and dinner is served Monday - Friday from 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
Tupelo Hardware Company
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.
Vanelli's Bistro is the third reincarnation of this popular Tupelo restaurant and has chosen historic Downtown Tupelo for its newest location. Serving up pizza by the pie or the slice along with their famous Greek salad and other items, Vanelli's Bistro features fresh food and daily lunch specials.