Clarksdale, Mississippi

The musical roots of the south run deep. Many say Clarksdale, Mississippi is the very birthplace of the Blues. Home of famed bluesman McKinley Morganfield (a/k/a Muddy Waters), Clarksdale’s the place to go to learn everything there is to know about the earthy, vital, powerful sound that influenced Chuck Berry and Keith Richards. The same sound still beats today from Juke Joints that pepper the streets in this sleepy town. Come for a day or two and leave inspired. Stay at the Shack-up Inn for the full experience.

Visit the Delta Blues Museum for a full history behind legends like Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson and the tortured Robert Johnson. Eat some of the best BBQ you can imagine at Abe’s or Hick’s. And of course, let the music move you at Ground Zero Blues (Morgan Freeman’s), Red’s Lounge or Shack-up Inn’s Juke Joint Chapel. And if you want more, discover the whole Mississippi Blues Trail that runs from the border of Louisiana and winds its way to Memphis, Tennessee.