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Natchez has many attractions, so prepare to stay busy while you are here!
Delving into the city's history is easily and enjoyably done by visiting the many historic sites. For starters you can head to the Natchez Trace Parkway where you'll see preserved pieces of the original road, a wayside inn used by early travelers, and a ceremonial Indian mound, among other attractions. The parkway, which is now a scenic highway, marks an Indian trail of the Natchez tribe and runs 444 miles from Nashville, TN to Natchez, MS. The trail was in its major use from the late 1700s to early 1800s. Today visitors enjoy hiking, biking, horsebackriding, picnicking, and more in this trail from the past.
The Natchez National Historical Park presides over the antebellum home Melrose, and the William Johnson House, home to a successful barber and entrepreneur who was freed from slavery in his youth, and kept a diary in the early 1800's.
For a view of early Native American culture, visit the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians. The village includes a museum, Indian mounds and more, with special programs for youth throughout the year.
Antebellum home tours are another popular way to soak up the area history. For more information visit NatchezPilgrimageTours.com. And for a list of area festivals, events, lodging and attractions, visit visitnatchez.org.
But aside from the most famous attractions: postcard-perfect inns, noble churches and stately mansions built before the Civil War, Natchez a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Natchez is a hotspot for birding, camping, boating, kayaking hunting, fishing, walking and biking. Natchez has two world class golf courses (one of which is one of the oldest in Mississippi), two casinos and several spas.
Being the oldest continuous settlement on the Mississippi River, Natchez has plenty of ghost stories that you can explore for yourself on one of her ghost tours.
Interested in a different kind of spirit? Natchez has a tour for that too! Featuring her own, winery, distillery and brewery, you can take a tour of each of the facilities complete with a taste-test or should you say a taste-teaser, because you're sure to be impressed and wanting more!
Natchez also has an excellent shopping scene. Antique stores, specialty shops and art galleries offer fine ways to keep you busy during the day, if touring isn't quite your thing. After dark, blues, jazz and other live music rules Natchez nightlife, with bands all across town and Under the Hill, plus karaoke and dancing into the night.