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Mississippi Delta roadtrips off the beaten path

Delta friends, what are your favorite routes #offthebeatenpath? We're putting a map together...

Whether exploring your own backyard or taking the Great American Roadtrip, it's a beautiful time of year to hit the road!

Roadtripping along the Mississippi River levee Highway 1 backroads (c) Shared Experiences USA

We'll start: from "Blues Highway" 61, grab a map at Visit Mississippi's Welcome Center (GPS "Delma Furniss Hospitality"). Take 49 past Kathryn's on Moon Lake, through picture-perfect cotton fields and detour to Helena, Arkansas for 1) the thrill of crossing state lines, 2) the magnificence of the Mississippi River, or 3) the beauty of its classic, colorful buildings. Cross back to Mississippi, and take Route 1 along the levee. Catch the soybean harvest in action along the way, and stop to explore Moon Lake or historic markers in Friars Point. Then head south on Friars Point Road (for burgers at Kenoy's) or Stovall (to see where Muddy Waters lived). Both roads lead to Clarksdale, with lotsa restaurants, places to stay, and shows Live From Clarksdale at cool hotels & venues almost every night. Highway 61 is cool, but Highway 1 is glorious.

Favorite local backroads route: Blues Highway 61 to 49 to 1 -- Helena, Moon Lake, Friar's Point, Muddy Waters' home on Stovall Road, and Clarksdale (c) Shared Experiences USA

Your turn. Favorite #backroads or #hiddengem?

Abandoned buildings on a working cotton farm along Hwy 49 (c) Shared Experiences USA

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