IEP Group Excursions
Take a ride through Oxford on the Double Decker bus and appreciate the place that inspired William Faulkner‘s Yoknapatawpha County. Enjoy a guided tour of Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak. View his Nobel Prize housed at Special Collections in the J.D. Williams Library. This guided tour highlights literary landmarks, as well as other local treasures.
Let us take you down to the crossroads, that legendary spot where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Climb aboard our bus and listen to the blues as you drive through the Delta on your way to Clarksdale. Shop for art at Cat Head and look out for good music while you’re there. Tour the Delta Blues Museum in the afternoon and satisfy your appetite with a fried catfish dinner.
Visit Music City, and the home of country music: Nashville, TN. Nashville is home to the Grand Ole Opry, and has deep roots in America’s music history. Join us on a downtown tour, and see a show at the Grand Ole Opry.
Team up with your classmates, and enjoy the exhilarating fun of paintball! At Rebel Paintball you can storm the hill, form alliances, and plan your strategies for victory!
Welcome Trip to Memphis
Learn about the Civil Rights history of the American South at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Then enjoy some shopping at Wolfchase Galleria, the largest shopping center in the greater Memphis area. Before heading back, you can find a taste of home at Winchester Farmer’s Market, an international supermarket that has food from all over the world.
Memphis Music and Sports
This evening excursion gives students the chance to walk along the Mississippi River, explore Beale Street, and see Memphis’s own NBA team, The Memphis Grizzlies, play at the FedEx Forum.
Memphis Barbeque Tour
This tour is not for those with faint appetites. Travel with us to Memphis, Tennessee, home of good music and better barbecue. Learn the history of this Memphis culinary tradition on the ride. First stop will be Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue where you can grab a snack, either a terrific pulled pork sandwich or world-famous barbecue spaghetti. Afterwards, choose your own afternoon adventure downtown: tour the Center for Southern Folklore, stroll on , or watch the ducks in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel. Save your appetite, because there’ll be more ‘cue on the way home.
Memphis Music Tour
This afternoon excursion will begin at Sun Studios, where rock and roll was born. After your turn at the mike, we’ll head downtown where you can choose to tour the Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum, stroll along Beale Street, or relax in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel. Work up an appetite, because world famous Rendezvous ribs are on the menu for dinner.
Visit Holly Springs, a small town just 45 minutes north of Oxford. The day begins with a tour of Walter Place Estates, a Greek Revival home and one of the last great mansions built before the Civil War. After a guided tour of the home, spend the afternoon bird watching in the gardens at Strawberry Plains, a Mississippi Audubon Center, where you can see the largest hummingbird migration site in the world! Be back in Oxford in time for a late dinner on the Square.