Downtown Tupelo celebrate the completion of the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail project.
The Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail project, which broke ground in September 2014, opened this month and now connects downtown Tupelo to East Tupelo and the Elvis Presley Birthplace. This was an ambitious project undertaken by the City of Tupelo to upgrade East Main Street costing $11.5 million and taking nearly two years to complete. The street has been widened to five lanes with the addition of sidewalks and bicycle lanes. Brick planters were installed to add beauty to the project. Visitors can rent bikes downtown and among the attractions on the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail is the Hardware Store where Elvis bought his first guitar and Johnny’s Drive In where you can try Elvis' favourite sandwich. Already, the newly-revealed trail has drawn dozens of citizens and tourists alike to the final special destination: Elvis Presley’s Birthplace.
The trail goes to Elvis Presley’s preserved childhood home that was recently renovated. Now there are 17 acres of picnic grounds and a scenic lake with a Pavilion for those to enjoy who venture all the way down the Birthplace Trail. At the Birthplace you can sit on the front porch swing of Elvis' humble home and take a photo with the exquisite "Elvis at 13" statue. Other attractions include Walk of Life, Elvis' Childhood Church, Story Wall, Fountain of Life and the Elvis Presley Museum.
Visit the Elvis Presley’s birthplace site for more information.