Clarksdale Travel Guide

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Clarksdale Things to Do

  • Delta Blues Museum

    Our visit to the Delta Blues Museum was a delight! Beautiful photography, interesting displays of artifacts and the reconstructed home of Blues legend Muddy Waters made it a winner. Make sure you take the time to watch ALL of the movie they show inside Muddy Water’s cabin. You will be surprised… The gift shop has some cool T shirts and best of all,...

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  • Delta Blues Museum

    The name of the place is pretty self-explanatory. There's a museum area filled with all sorts of fascinating interactive exhibits and a gift shop. We found the information provided to be very enlightening and instructive, and would recommend this to everyone visiting Clarksdale. Apparently these exhibits are updated on a regular basis, so I won't...

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  • Clarksdale Hotels

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Clarksdale Hotels

  • Comfort Inn Clarksdale

    818 S State St, Clarksdale, MS 38614

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

  • Econo Lodge Clarksdale

    350 S State St, Clarksdale, MS 38614

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

  • Shack Up Inn

    Our drive ended in Clarksdale, MS. Our lodgings for the next two nights was at “The Shack Up Inn”....

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Clarksdale Restaurants

  • Mississippi Delta Tamales

    While researching for our Southern adventure, I checked out Road Food.Com to see what sort of ‘good eats’ I could find along the way. And that is how I came across the Southern Hot Tamale. Yes, you’ve read that correctly… a SOUTHERN tamale…known as a Delta tamale. No one is sure how the Deep South came to be a home for tamales but home it is....

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  • High Style in a Down Home Place

    As part of our stay in Clarksdale, MS I made reservations at Madidi - the posh restaurant owned by actor Morgan Freeman. I’ll have to admit I had qualms as we walked to the door. Reviews I read ran either very positive or very negative… not much in-between. We went on a Thursday night and when we arrived at 7:30pm there were only 3 other tables...

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  • Excellent Style

    Madidi is a wonderful restaurant in Clarksdale Mississippi.They've got a variety to choose from. Lots of seafood and game. The walls of the restaurant are covered with art from local artists. The restrauant is the nicest in Clarksdale and is owned by Morgan Freeman and Bill Luckett. Madidi has been featured in Bon Appitite, Gourmet, Food and Wine,...

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  • Madidi: Morgan Freeman's Place

    OK, we knew going in that this would be the most expensive part of our visit to Clarksdale, but we went anyway and had a very delicious meal indeed. We figured that the celebrity cachet of the actor (and Clarksdale-region native) Morgan Freeman would ensure the quality of our fine dining experience and we were right.The only reason I gave this meal...

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  • Silver Moon: Louisiana Cuisine in MS

    Silver Moon is apparently a new restaurant in Clarksdale (it doesn't have its complete liquor license at this writing), so the locals were very curious to learn of our dining experience there. We gave it high marks!Since we are presently living in Louisiana, I wasn't thrilled to find mostly Cajun/Creole entrees on the menu. After all, this isn't...

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  • Old Dutch Oven: Delicious Baked Goods!

    We encountered two Old Dutch Oven bakeries on this trip. The first one was in Lake Providence, Louisiana, and the second one in Clarksdale. Both bakeries were staffed by Mennonites, which is a religious sect somewhat similar to the Amish. The women were plainly dressed with caps in their hair and very friendly. The cinnamon bun that Nathalie and I...

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Clarksdale Nightlife

  • Clarksdale Blues Scene

    There are a lot of blues clubs you can visit, the most famous is the “Ground Zero Blues Club” that is owned by Morgan Freeman. We made a short visit to it. I was looking for something with that "juke joint" feel that is so much a part of "the blues". I wasn’t very impressed. I had thought it would have at least a bit of class but it reminded me of...

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  • Sunday afternoon jam session!

    Club 2000 was a very pleasant place to spend Sunday afternoon listening to a live impromptu blues jam session.Like most local juke joints, it was a rundown bar that looked like it hasn't changed its decor since New Year's Eve 1964 at best. It was patronized by a curious mixture of Clarksdale locals who seemed more hypnotized by the video poker...

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  • They make breakfast, too!

    The Delta Amusement Blues Cafe is part of the laid-back small-town atmosphere in Clarksdale. At night while Nathalie slept in our apartment above Ground Zero Blues Club, I looked out the window and saw that the street below was packed with cars. Since all the businesses were closed, I wondered what attracted so many people at that hour, when all I...

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Clarksdale Transportation

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    by BuickMackane Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    Although Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant recorded an album entitled "Walking into Clarksdale," you don't have to go to the Crossroads on foot. Clarksdale is located approximately 70 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee (in fact, that's what the postmark said on the many postcards we sent), which is a major hub for Northwest Airlines. Rent a car and drive down, because there's way too much to see and you can't do more than a few places on foot from Ground Zero. Although Greyhound will not drop you at the historic old bus station downtown, there is indeed regular service to Clarksdale which will bring you to "the strip" on State Street. There is also an old railroad station on Blues Alley, but at present there is only freight service through Clarksdale and no passenger rail. That's a shame because it would have been fun to tour the Delta by train, recalling the legendary musicians who hopped aboard boxcars so many years ago!

    This late barber was a blues legend
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Clarksdale Shopping

  • Buying The Blues

    The museum has a fantastic little gift shop where you can pick up blues CDs at a great price. You can find recordings of the OLD traditional stuff too. There are also some T Shirts and posters available. Blues CDs. anywhere from $3 to $20.

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  • Local Art

    This shop features work by local artists. The mix is eccletic - from funky to traditional. This is the real stuff... not made somewhere overseas! Art by local artists. Blues CDs. Photos of blues musicians. Huge range of prices.

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  • A town with friendly, honest local...

    We had car trouble while in Clarksdale. We were trying to find the nearby town of Moon Lake (where two excellent restaurants are supposedly located), but we hit something in the road and decided to turn back. The car sounded like 10 Harleys roaring and we feared we'd get taken to the cleaners by the local mechanics. On the contrary, the first...

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Clarksdale Warnings and Dangers

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    by ocicat Written Aug 27, 2011

    We were warned by several people to not venture out of the tourist areas at night. With the low economic opportunities in Clarksdale, there is a problem with crime. As one local told us, "we are a small town with a big police force".

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Clarksdale Tourist Traps

  • There IS one reason to visit the Tunica...

    About 45 miles north of Clarksdale and 10 miles north of the actual town of Tunica is the town of Robinsonville, where the so-called "Tunica" casinos are really located. Robinsonville is an old plantation town where Robert Johnson and other blues musicians once worked before they hit the road seeking fame and fortune. Nowadays, this once...

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  • Isle of Capri Casino -- at least the...

    On Sunday morning, unless you're planning to hear gospel music at a church service (which, by the way, is highly recommended by the locals), there is absolutely nothing to do in Clarksdale. We woke up late and had no idea what to do with ourselves, so we took a road trip in the direction of Helena, Arkansas (home of the famous "King Biscuit Flour...

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Clarksdale Off The Beaten Path

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    by BuickMackane Updated Jan 20, 2005

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    I created a separate page about our drive down to the town of Rosedale, Mississippi immortalized in lyrics by Robert Johnson (and covered powerfully by Led Zeppelin) in "Traveling Riverside Blues," as well as Cream's "Crossroads" in which Eric Clapton sings verses from both "Traveling Riverside Blues" and Robert Johnson's "Cross Road Blues."

    We didn't stay long enough to do anything but snap a couple of pictures. Rosedale is about 30 miles south of Clarksdale, easily accessible by State Highway 1.

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Clarksdale Favorites

  • Introduction

    The Crossroads marker is actually located at the intersection of Desoto Avenue (US Route 49) and State Street, aka State Route 161 aka Business US Route 61 aka "The Strip." This is incredibly confusing when you first come into town, but eventually you'll come across this location. The chain hotels are all located on State Street, along with...

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  • "Where the streets have cool names..."

    I'm paraphrasing U2 here, because the streets in Clarksdale have wonderfully evocative names like Blues Alley and John Lee Hooker Lane.Nathalie wants to be sure everyone notices that all the fire hydrants in Clarksdale are not the usual red, but an odd shade of faded pink. This picture was taken across from Ground Zero Blues Club

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