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This lovely little town on the bank of the Mississippi River in the southwest corner of the state was built on an ancient Native American village that was home to the Natchez tribe. The city, the oldest in Mississippi, was founded in 1716 and its main attractions, other than its position high upon a bluff overlooking the river, are the spectacular examples of colonial and antebellum architecture. Each spring and fall during the "pilgrimage" seasons, the many mansions are open to the public for tours. Outdoorsy types can fish, camp or boat in nearby parks, and there are several golf courses to satiate golf junkies. Natchez is also the ...

This lovely little town on the bank of the Mississippi River in the southwest corner of the state was built on an ancient Native American village that was home to the Natchez tribe. The city, the oldest in Mississippi, was founded in 1716 and its main attractions, other than its position high upon a bluff overlooking the river, are the spectacular examples of colonial and antebellum architecture. Each spring and fall during the "pilgrimage" seasons, the many mansions are open to the public for tours. Outdoorsy types can fish, camp or boat in nearby parks, and there are several golf courses to satiate golf junkies. Natchez is also the southern terminus for the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 445-mile two-lane road between Natchez and Nashville, TN. The route commemorates the Native Americans who used this as a trade route between villages. Natchez has several excellent Bed and Breakfasts, elegant boutiques and nice restaurants, making it a great choice for a romantic getaway.

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Debra Landau has written eight Lonely Planet guidebooks, including books on the USA, Caribbean, and the South.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: One of Mississippi's oldest cities, it was founded in 1716, and is located along the Mississippi River
  • Research: Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Natchez has pleasant weather year-round, but it's best to come in March/April during the five-week Spring Pilgrimage or in early October for the two-week Fall Pilgrimage.