Description - A journey along the Great River Road opens the door to Mississippi's history. Often referred to as "Blues Alley," Hwy. 61 takes you south from Memphis into the Mississippi Delta. Here, centuries of Mississippi River floods have created some of the world's richest farmland. Depending on the time of the year, you'll see cotton, rice and soybeans being planted, grown, or harvested along the way.
Fraught with history, the Great River Road gives you a chance to step into the past to get a taste of the glorious antebellum Mississippi period. At the Vicksburg National Military Park, the 47-day Battle and Siege of Vicksburg is commemorated in 1,800 acres of hills, trenches and bluffs. Near Gibson, the town General Grant proclaimed "too beautiful to burn," lie the Ruins of Windsor, the poignant remains of Mississippi's largest antebellum mansion. And, in Woodville, visit the boyhood home of Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederation.
You can also get a taste of culture along the Great River Road. The lives of the people in the Delta are reflected in some of the world's riches and most soulful music. The blues. Explore the origin of this music at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, which includes memorabilia of B.B. King, Muddy Waters and many other blues legends. In the main cities that the Great River Road passes, one can find an interest even for the most stubborn character. There are casinos in Tunica/Robinsville and Greenville, historical sites in almost all the towns, and horse-drawn carriages in Natchez.
- The Great River Road - Mississippi is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.
Directions from : From Memphis, take Highway 61 southward, along the Mississippi River to Natchez. If you're coming from the south, take Highway 61 in Natchez and head northward toward Memphis.