No mater how many incredibly scenic drives I experience around the world, there's always one…
You’ve heard of the Pacific Coast Highway, the road trip from Miami to Key West along highway one, and Route 66. But there are so many other adventures to be had in the USA. And when it comes to the perfect road trip for music lovers, none is better than Highway 61.
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Highway 61: The best road trip for music lovers
Running from Minnesota down to New Orleans, this iconic route is known for Mississippi River views, great food and blues music. It’s up to you where you’d like to start, but music lovers should turn their focus to the Mississippi section of the drive.
Drive the old Blues Highway—Route 61 between Memphis and Marigold, MS—in search of music, and you’ll find it everywhere you turn. For over 100 years, the Mississippi Delta has served as the heart and soul of blues music. More famous blues musicians have come from this area than any other region. Download the free Blues Trail app, which points you to historical markers, helps you create a custom itinerary with turn-by-turn directions, and even suggests songs inspired by the landscape.
Some places of note include Clarksdale, home of the Delta Blues Museum, Dreamboat BBQ and Tamales, and numerous juke joints, including Ground Zero Blues Club, owned by Morgan Freeman. Delta Meat Market in Cleveland is a great place to stock up the fridge with yummy charcuterie, cheeses and specialty foods. You can (and should!) grab a meal there, too—lots of fresh salads, sandwiches and baked goods.
Though located a bit east of the highway, you’ll find the B.B. King Museum in Indianola. Worth the detour! Find one of the best burgers and frozen treats in the delta just outside Rolling Fork at Chuck’s.
You’ll find a great list of RV parks and campground on Mississippi’s Great River Road website. The Twin Cities, Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville, Baton Rouge and New Orleans all could serve as ideal bookends for this trip.
Have you explored Highway 61? What are your favorite stops?
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