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Natchez, a Hub for History, Nature and Family Festivals

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Named AAA Southern Traveler’s Best Small City for a Weekend Getaway, Natchez, Mississippi, is located approximately 195 miles from Shreveport — a three-hour drive to a city known for its historic culture and Southern charm.

Situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Natchez features numerous historic sites, most within walking distance of one another. Visitors can stay overnight at one of many quaint bed-and-breakfasts, as well as stately mansions, such as Dunleith Castle. Featured in Garden & Gun magazinethe riverfront town is home to popular annual events like the three-day Natchez Food and Wine Festival held each July. The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race attracts thousands of visitors each October for hot air balloon competitions, food and live music. The fall Phatwater Kayak Challenge allows kayak and canoe enthusiasts the opportunity to race down a 42.5-mile course on the Mississippi River.

Natchez is also the southernmost point of the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway, one of the country’s most visited U.S. National Park sites, which brought in more than 6 million visitors in 2013 alone and is a popular route among cyclists. 

Photo Credit: Visit Natchez