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By Michael Callahan
September 2023

Travel, by definition, is a journey to a distant or unfamiliar place.

Hwy 61 sign in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Large blue sign in the shape of a guitar with highway signs with the numbers 61 and 49.

That means traveling doesn’t have to be a trip to see the Pyramids in Egypt or taking the kids to Disney World in Florida.

Travel is about exploring somewhere new.

Mississippi is a place filled with fascinating locales. Our state offers all kinds of day and weekend trips that make Mississippi ripe for expeditions into the heart of civil rights history, literature, and music.

Speaking of music, that’s how we decided to kick off our first official travel-themed issue with a September 2023 cover story on U.S. Highway 61.

A road trip down U.S. Highway 61 is both a literal and historical journey through music history. Nicknamed the “blues highway,” because of its twists and turns through the Mississippi Delta — the birthplace of the blues — Highway 61 offers stops throughout the state that tell the story of American music.

Our story coincides with the recent opening of a new exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in Cleveland. “Highway 61: Traveling America’s Music Highway” explores music sites and the celebrates the artists that played major roles in shaping America’s music history, according to Emily Havens, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.

So, make sure to keep a copy of the September issue (or visit our website, for our handy guide to some of the most interesting music history sites up and down U.S. Highway 61 for your next day or weekend trip.

Safe travels to you and yours. 

Category: Editorial

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