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Looking for story ideas? Explore the many new attractions visitors are discovering in Tunica, one of America's newest and fastest growing gaming resort destinations. The following are a few ideas to get you started.
"The Tunica Miracle," an Economic Development Success Story
Business writers will be intrigued by the incredible success story that Tunica has become. It's the story of an impoverished Delta farming community that rose from one of the poorest counties in the nation to providing more than 5% of the state of Mississippi's current budget.
Discover the Great Outdoors
Outdoor recreation is abundant in Tunica. Tunica National is a tournament-level, 18-hole championship course was designed by Mark McCumber and Associates, one of the world's leading golf course architects. Tennis facilities will include four indoor clay courts and six outdoor courts. In addition, two more championship courses – River Bend Links and The Links at Cottonwoods - offer challenging courses to golf fans. Then there's "golf with a shotgun," or sporting clays, at The Willows, one of the finest clay shooting clubs in the nation. To complete the outdoor experience, guided hunting or fishing trips are available, offered by one of several experts who can provide the ultimate adventure.
For the History Buff
Travelers interested in the history of the Mississippi Delta region have a full slate of historical museums and sites to visit. Tunica’s history is rich, with deep roots in American music traditions and the fertile soil created by the Mississippi River. Make your first stop in Tunica at the all-new Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center, located at the entrance of the Tunica Resort area along U.S. Highway 61. This new center, housed in an original 1895 train depot, is the beginning to your stay in Tunica. Soon to be the home of the new Gateway to the Blues Museum, the center is the perfect first stop along the Mississippi Blues Trail and the rich musical heritage that can be found in Tunica and the greater Mississippi Delta region.
Then, head to the Tunica RiverPark, a must see historical attraction along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. The Mississippi River Museum inside the RiverPark allows visitors to see first hand and explore the culture and artifacts of the region’s first residents, Native Americans, and its first tourists, Hernando DeSoto and the Spanish explorers. The convergence of these two cultures helped shape the rich agricultural tradition the region is known for today. History buffs should then make the short journey down Highway 61 to the Town of Tunica for lunch at the Blue & White Restaurant. Established in 1924, the Blue & White was the first full-service Pure Oil gas station in the Mississippi Delta and was a must stop for those traveling along Highway 61 from small Mississippi communities to the big city of Memphis. Must see stops in the Town of Tunica are the Tunica Museum, Veterans Memorial Park and the self-guided walking tour around the historic downtown square.
Drive The Blues Highway
Tunica is right on U.S. Highway 61, popularly called "The Blues Highway," where a uniquely American music form was born right out of the fertile soil of the Delta's cotton fields. From Memphis' Beale Street blues tradition to the historic city of Vicksburg, the Delta Blues grew out of tiny juke joints along Highway 61 where Robert Johnson and dozens of others performed. Today, museums in Tunica as well as in Clarksdale, Miss., and Memphis preserve that history in unforgettable, interactive exhibits.