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The best place to start your visit is at the Natchez National Historical Park. The Park itself includes two very different properties. Melrose, situated on 80 acres of lush oak covered land, was occupied by a prominent Southern family beginning in 1841. The William Johnson House on the other hand, was built and owned by a freed-slave who had slaves himself. The area’s Native American heritage is illustrated at Emerald Mound, one of the largest mounds in the United States. Monmouth Plantation delivers astounding accommodations in an authentic plantation home. Their restaurant also offers fine dining. Biscuits and Blues has been voted America’s #1 blues nightclub by the Memphis Blues Foundation, the W.C. Handy Organization and the San Francisco Blues Society.
The original home of the Natchez Indians has been reconstructed at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians. A reconstructed Indian House is surrounded by three ceremonial mounds, two of which were excavated and rebuilt to their original size and shape. There are many opportunities for wildlife watching at the St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge which encompasses over 24,000 acres for waterfowl and their habitat. St. Mary’s Basilica, built in 1841, is not to be missed. The inside is ornate with carved wood decorations, stained glass, rich fabrics and more.
If you’re up for another drive, there is another scenic byway in the area that roughly parallels the Natchez Trace. The Grand-Gulf Raymond Scenic Byway begins at Port Gibson, one of the oldest remaining towns that withstood the impacts of the Civil War. The town’s Grand Gulf Military Park includes important artefacts from Civil War battles including muskets, uniforms and cannonballs. Continuing up Highway 18, the byway ends at Raymond, once devastated by the Civil War. Exhibits in Raymond now illustrate the challenges faced by settlers, Native Americans and missionaries in the region.
Distance: 175 miles
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Montgomery, a city of lasting contrasts, was a hotbed of activity during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and also home to the first White House of the Confederacy before the government moved to Richmond. The Alabama State Capital was the place where Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as the President of the Confederate States of America and the location where Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his moving speech at the bottom of the steps, at the end of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march. The city is also home to the Hank Williams Museum.
At the Rosa Parks Museum, you can place yourself in the shoes of Mrs. Parks when she refused to give up her seat on the bus in 1955, effectively beginning the American Civil Rights movement. You can also visit the Civil Rights Memorial in downtown Montgomery and Martin Luther King Jr’s former home.
Distance: 190 miles
You can expect to see plenty of wildlife, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, grouse and bobcats. Pine forests are specifically managed to provide nesting for endangered woodpeckers. Except for road traffic, motorized vehicles are prohibited in the Cheaha Wilderness to ensure serenity for visitors.
Distance: 108 miles
The main attractions are waterfalls, canyons, scenic brow vistas, unique towns and villages, state and national parks, nature preserves and other natural wonders. For most of the drive you’ll be looking up at places like De Soto Falls, which drops 104 feet. Looking down, you can marvel at the 17 mile gash in Lookout Mountain that forms the deepest gorge east of the Smoky Mountains.
Distance: 120 miles
As you lift off over Atlanta, know that you have experienced a trip of a lifetime in the American South. However, your adventure doesn't have to end here, perhaps you may want to extend your stay and relax on the beaches or maybe stop off en route at New York City for some shopping and sightseeing.
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