A musical journey along The Blues Highway

One of the advantages of owning an RV is experiencing the vast array of culture that the U.S. has to offer. A big component of this is music. What people listen to and play up north is going to be different from what they sing down in Texas. For a prime example of this, visit a place known for music: Memphis, Tennessee, and the famous Highway 61, also known as The Blues Highway.

If you're a fan of artists such as B.B. King, John Lee Hooker or Elvis Presley, this is the place to be. National Geographic called Highway 61 one of their "Ultimate Road Trips," and they recommend starting in Memphis. You'll definitely want to plan for a few days here, so you can visit Elvis' home at Graceland and take in the local culture.

Memphis isn't just about the blues and soul music – although it has a healthy dose of it. The city is also famous for its barbecue, and there are hundreds of joints all over the city. Fill up before heading to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, which gives an overview of the musical history in this area. At night, head to one of the city's many famous music venues, like Wild Bill's, and enjoy some of the best local artists in the country.

The Blues Highway takes you south along the Mississippi River into the state of Mississippi. One of the first places you may want to stop is Tunica, especially if you're a fan of gambling – this has become quite a casino and resort town. If that seems a bit too touristy, keep on driving – there's plenty to see and do elsewhere.

Clarksdale, Mississippi, seems like a town right out of blues lyrics – because it is. The town is not too far from the fabled "crossroads," where numerous musicians have claimed the devil walks at midnight, guitar in hand, ready to challenge the best players in the world. That myth may not be real, but the talent of the artists playing at the numerous local venues is.

The highway continues to Delta National Forest and the town of Vicksburg, both of which are good stopping places for RVers. If you're enjoying the culture and music, you can continue all the way on to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Of course, you could also do things in reverse – start in Mississippi and work your way up to Memphis. This path would also allow you to easily continue onto Nashville, home of famous attractions like the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame.