With the Mississippi Delta region stretching all the way into the city of Memphis, visitors to this area often travel the famous "Blues Highway" of Route 66 that stretches across state lines. The border county of Tunica on the Mississippi side is home to world-famous casino hotels just off the highway. Interstate 55 also connects these two southern states, with a large concentration of name-brand lodging facilities to choose from in Mississippi towns within 15 miles of Memphis.
Casino Hotels Tunica
The unincorporated area known as Tunica Resorts in Mississippi is home to a thriving concentration of nine casino hotels along the Mississippi River, rising up from the surrounding cotton fields about 40 miles from Memphis. Rivaling their counterparts in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, hotels belonging to gambling giants like Harrah's and Bally's dominate the scene here. Limousines wind through fields bursting with cotton to deliver guests from all over the world to the lobbies of these elaborate hotels, valued not only for the casinos but also for the all-you-can eat buffets, live entertainment and upscale hotel rooms. Rounding out the list of casino hotels is the Hollywood, Gold Strike, Fitz, Horseshoe, Resorts, Sam's Town and the Roadhouse.
Non-Casino Hotels Tunica
For those who prefer a simpler lodging experience near the action of the casinos in Tunica, there are many chain hotels along either Highway 61, Casino Strip Resorts Boulevard and Casino Drive. Days Inn, Best Western and Quality Inn all have properties here at affordable rates. For a little more room, try the suites at Microtel or the Royal Inn, or book a room at America's Best Value Inn for in-room refrigerators and microwaves. The Cottage Inn offers 10 luxury chalets with two bedrooms. Just a few miles south of the casino area, the actual town of Tunica is home to the Once Upon a Time Bed & Breakfast on Main Street, providing a traditional southern ambiance furnished with antiques and across from Veterans Memorial Park.
Among the Mississippi towns that border Memphis along Interstate 55 is Hernando, about 12 miles from the state border. Economy choices here include Super Eight and Days Inn, both near Interstate 55. The Magnolia Grove Bed & Breakfast offers an alternative to the standard hotel experience, with an early 1900s home that features chandeliers and stained-glass windows throughout, and a three-course breakfast daily.
The city of Southaven is considered a suburb of Memphis because of its proximity to points in the Memphis metropolitan area. Hotels there are about six miles from Memphis International Airport and four miles from Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion. Southaven offers some mid-range lodging choices that include the Hampton Inn, the Fairfield Inn and the Hilton Garden Inn, as well as the Courtyard and Residence Inns by Marriott.
Also located in northwestern Mississippi and about five minutes from Memphis, the city of Horn Lake provides more lodging options. It borders Interstate 55 and also is accessible from Mississippi Highway 302 and Highway 51. Properties offering suite accommodations include the Drury Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Econo Lodge. The Sleep Inn is adjacent to two popular restaurants, Cracker Barrel and Texas Roadhouse. Many other name-brand hotels can be found in the areas bordering the major roadways.
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